Whose “Kashmir” is it? Conflict & Territorial Claims; the abuse of “myths”

As in my earlier post on Israel and competing myths of exclusive origin, Kashmir serves as a good example of national myths and territorial claims. But unlike Israel, ‘Kashmir’ has a special place for us. It is the place from where our forebears originated...

Reclaiming Azad Jammu Kashmir For Her People

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...

Why do anti-Semites say “Israeli Jews” are not “real Jews?”

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...

What’s in a name? A brief look into place-names of the Pahar

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...

Who will win the fight against fundamentalism in Pakistan?

Vali Nasr, author of ''Forces of Fortune - the rise of the new Muslim Middle Class and what it will mean for our our world" said, "The truth is that that the West's best ally against fundamentalism and extremism in Pakistan is not, and never was, that...

Social media is destroying young people’s lives

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,...

Who are Azad Kashmiris? Are they bonafide Pakistanis, liberated Kashmiris, or occupied Indians?

Anonymous Quote “They’re fighting over Kashmir! One way to win this fight is by splitting the people into different groups. When people are divided, or adopt identities of neighbouring people naively, the occupiers win. Indians and Pakistanis celebrate their own unity. But Jammu & Kashmir...

A mere “label”

  We are not "inbreds"     We are not "illiterate"       We are not "uneducated"         We are not "uncultured"           We are not "backwards"             We are not "uncivilised"          ...

Ummah Syndrome & Modern Myths

Some years ago, Saudi Arabia proscribed its male citizens from marrying the citizens of four nationalities, Pakistanis included. No doubt the government had its reasons, good or bad; the preponderance of such marriages was given as the primary reason. Apparently such marriage contracts were an...

The Birth of ‘A’JK Public Agency

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This is our first attempt at making a documentary in 'A'JK with 'bells and whistles'. Many thanks to all my co-citizens for taking part. Some of the background music was borrowed from Shigeru Umebayashi: Yumeji's Theme (In The Mood for Love) Courtesy of Emotion...