You must have heard the claim that modern-day 'Israel' is a country with another people's language and religion? If you haven't, you're probably living in some idyllic wilderness (that's a good thing), and you can skip this post. If you have, anti-semitic propaganda has become so common these days (I'm speaking of hatred against ordinary Jews, and not criticism against...
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...
This footage makes an attempt to summarise the effort of Mahmood Ahmed Musafir in light of his herculean effort to address the near absence of governance in AJK. #ajk #AjkMagayAzadi DAY 53 Quote of the Day “I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone...
It’s ‘Azad’ - 'Free'. Okay? It's Azad! Free! This is Pakistan’s official position on 'Azad' Jammu & Kashmir! But ‘free’ of what exactly? According to the Pakistani state-enforced narrative, we’re free from Indian tyranny. Women aren’t being raped by Indian soldiers, and by ‘Indian’ they mean 'non-Muslim' soldiers, without failing to mention there are as many Muslims in India. Youth aren't being disappeared and we don't have...
'Azad' Jammu Kashmir Tanveer Ahmed -
From Mahmood Ahmed Musafir's search for modern-day governance in 2018 to the Maharajah's dream of a neutral state in 1947. How can we connect the sham democracy of AJK with our diaspora living in a mature democracy in the UK. DAY 47 #ajk #AjkMagayAzadi Quote of the Day “It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..." "You mean, it comes from a world of...
'Azad' Jammu Kashmir Tanveer Ahmed -
71 years later, Commander Farooq, and Dr Karan Singh, grandson of the last Dogra Jamwal Rajput ruler of Jammu & Kashmir, will meet in Mong, auspices of the people of "Azad" Jammu Kashmir. This act of reconciliation will surely move us towards reconciliation in the State of Jammu Kashmir for the benefit of all her peoples. The two personalities aforementioned will...
Those who argue that 'Kashmir' is really the Valley of Kashmir and that 'Kashmiris' are really the ethnic Kashmiris of the Valley are engaged in deliberate disinformation. They want you to think that they are making ethno-linguistic claims about the people we call "Kashmiris" but they are actually making political claims about the territory we call "Kashmir". Historically, Kashmir has...
Unknown (or often untold) stories live on in the names of villages and towns in the Pahar region of Jammu & Kashmir. Variably known as the 'Pahari Ilaqah', or the 'Pir Panjal' region, this area has a rich cultural heritage. The names of our settlements preserve rich etymologies and meanings, but this form of history is rarely recorded. Numerous...
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