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Maharaja Hari Singh’s letter to Mountbatten

Published by August 28, 2014 2:58 pm

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My dear Lord Mountbatten, I have to inform Your Excellency that a grave emergency has arisen in my State and request the immediate assistance of your Government. As Your Excellency is aware, the State of Jammu and Kashmir has not acceded to either the Dominion of India or Pakistan. Geographically my State is contiguous wit... View Article


Waiting in Kashmir’s Dardupra

Published by August 28, 2014 2:47 pm

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“Beneath the mother’s feet and in the mortherland lies heaven”. But Dardpura, a border village in Kashmir, seems to be a world different from the rest. Zaytoon, a middle aged widow, has two daughters and a son. Her husband Samad Khan died in August 2003 leaving behind three children.  Zaytoon is dumb and deaf. Her... View Article


Ferdinand’s Assasination

Published by August 28, 2014 2:35 pm

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The World War I broke out due to a series of events in the year 1914, but, it was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungaraian throne that started the war. He was killed at point blank range by a Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip while Ferdinand was visiting Sarajevo. Count Von Harrach was... View Article


Orwell’s Final Years and Legacy

Published by August 28, 2014 2:14 pm

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Part Five Orwell’s Final Years and Legacy — The Stupid Cult of Russia  After leaving the BBC, Orwell wrote Animal Farm.  The story is an allegory for the dangers of Soviet Communism, or totalitarian movements more generally.  Animal Farm builds upon the critique of the Soviet Union Orwell first developed during his time in Spain and is a... View Article


Afterglow

Published by August 28, 2014 3:32 am

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I had first read Afterglow – authored by Brahm Dev – in the Amazon-Kindle version and did find it captivating although the typos were quite unsettling, coming from the house of Amazon. The New Thomson Press release is thankfully free of blemish and is also easy on the eyes. I have got to know the... View Article


Maqbool Bhat’s Letter

Published by August 28, 2013 6:58 pm

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Lahore, 12 April 1972. Dear Azra Beitee (daughter), May god always protect ….you. Your younger sister Rubina visited me on 26th March with your auntie (Maqbool Butt’s wife) and gave me your letter. As we were transferred from Kamelpur Prison to Camp Prison Lahore, it took me a little longer to write back to you.... View Article


India’s Independence Day and Kashmir

Published by August 15, 2013 6:52 pm

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Sixty five years have gone by; the world has changed topsy-turvy over these years and so has India. The strenuous and arduous work of Indian freedom fighters finally bore fruit on the jovial night of 15th August. The land was liberated from spiteful and vicious Firangis. The dreams seen by our forefathers bore fruit and the... View Article