Meedi Mydi Media Mo Meedi Mydi Media Mo I scour the pages of friends and foe Night and day, a restless soul I cascade into a virtual hole Betwixt my Egyptian sheets My body aches, my eyes bulge Fingers scaling, skin peeling My head vibrates, ping pong po I voyageur into a universe of unknowns ...
Featured Reiss Haidar -
Having been born and raised in the UK, whilst being ascribed an ethnic minority status from birth, I came to the realisation that identities are complicated things. Being ascribed a group identity is one thing, but not feeling part of it is another thing altogether. We can have multiple identities, belonging to multiple groups, with our legs and arms...
British Politics Reiss Haidar -
Understanding interminority racism Internalising the hatred of others, because you've become a designated group in someone's mind, is not proof that there’s something inherently wrong with you. "Mirpuris", for want of an adequate identity label, (I would prefer the term British-born Azad Kashmiris or British-Paharis) are being scapegoated by a particular group of Pakistanis, who think they are a cut...
'Azad' Jammu Kashmir Reiss Haidar -
Mirpur was the name of an historical settlement in the Princely State of Jammu & Kashmir (1846 – 1947), variably known as Kashmir State, Jammu Kingdom and/or the Dogra Raj. The name Mirpur postdates the principality’s alleged founding in the 1600s. Centuries later, the size of Mirpur expanded beyond its original limits to include areas (Rajghan) with much older...
Protected: Contextualising prejudice within its social and political settings; the phenomenon of “othering”Reiss Haidar -
The following post was updated 30 October 2020 https://youtu.be/97IES3jFOg0 There comes a point for members of a community to stand up and be heard. And that time has now come for members of our community, the British-Pahari community, otherwise less popularly known as the 'Azad' Kashmiris, but selectively as the ‘Mirpuris’. For far too long, our absence from the discourse on all...
BREXIT IS ESSENTIALLY the fantasy of the 'hard' right wing of the Tory Party, who wanted to 'get back control' of the UK's sovereignty by controlling its borders and having the freedom to make its own trade deals with the rest of the world but largely without immigration. They won the last referendum in 2016 mainly on immigration, and not so...
Dear British Paharis I speak to you through this medium as a brother from Indian Occupied Kashmir. I speak to you for our shared homeland, history, and continuous struggle against oppression and aggression. We are the children of hills and mountains. We fought collectively against the brutality of the Dogra Regime for our freedom and many before them, and now...
EXCERPT from "The Evolution of AJK Public Agency" "Before arriving here, I can confidently assert that I was neither a patriot, nor a nationalist or even a democrat. I was a journalist working in various conflict hotspots around the globe (Iraq and Afghanistan), had regular access to the corridors of power in Westminster and Whitehall while visualising a clear path...
The Evolution of AJK Public Agency Citizen’s Opinion + Citizen’s Resources = Citizen’s Control of Public Policy The most important aspect of modern-day governance is a consensus on public narrative, which is derived from an orderly aggregate of genuine public opinion. As the citizens of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) are the owners and inheritors of the public space in which they...
And here lived, beneath the receding waters of Mangla, my people, once upon a time. As her waters recede, and the green grass shimmers in the full glory of the sun, we are taken back to the memories of our forebears, only just buried in our minds. If you pay attention, amidst the eerie silence of...
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