‘Decolonizing the Mind’: Using Hollywood Celebrities to Validate Islam

‘Decolonizing the Mind’: Using Hollywood Celebrities to Validate Islam

When Terry Holdbrooks Jr., converted to Islam in 2003, he was inundated with death threats and labeled a ‘race traitor.’ If a religious conversion ever deserves to be admired, Holdbrooks’ conversion does, and not because Islam has ‘won’ yet another convert, but because the new convert was assigned the very rule of subjugating his Muslim […]

Global wealth inequality

Global wealth inequality

By MUDASIR SHEIKH The perception of masses regarding poverty is that it is a natural condition and it has been accepted as such. A globalised economy has existed for at least 400 years. During this period, some parts of the world have increased their wealth exponentially and major areas remained in extreme poverty. It is […]

Development confronts deforestration

By UZAIR QADRI I’m struck with a sort of contradictory nostalgia as I bask in the spring air of Kashmir for the first time after years of staying outside the valley. Though it does give me a sense of strangeness but I know the air is the same I used to breathe before. The same […]

No symbolism alone

By ARUBA On 21th of March people were supposed to celebrate yet another special day-“The world plantation day”. Different quarters of our society took symbolic steps for plantation. Press statements were issued, seminars were conducted, pictures were uploaded on facebook etc. In Kashmir Nawrooz marks the start of plantation. The festival is celebrated widely and […]

CPEC: A Game Changer or the New Great Game?

CPEC: A Game Changer or the New Great Game?

By Wajahat Qazi China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)-  a $54 billion economic corridor in Pakistan- will connect Pakistan’s Gwadar port with Xinjiang in China. The humungous project will alter the nature of Pakistan’s political economy and lay the basis for a more robust and deep relationship between Pakistan and China. In some ways and senses, […]

Global Wealth Inequality is Remediable

Global Wealth Inequality is Remediable

By Mudasir Sheikh A general perception regarding poverty is that it is a natural condition. One in nine people in the world sleeps hungry, but on the other hand, a small handful of billionaires have accumulated exponential wealth. Only two centuries ago, the rich countries were only three times richer than poorer countries. In the […]

Cups of nun chai-99: Kashmir’s sense of self

Cups of nun chai-99: Kashmir’s sense of self

This participatory memorial, by artist Alana Hunt, emerged in response to Kashmir’s Summer of 2010. In the face of the violence, the growing number of dead and the lack of serious media coverage, Hunt evolved ways to speak, to connect and to write in a form that would reach places where the news headlines do […]

Kashmir: Where Beauty Sings a Song of Pain

Kashmir: Where Beauty Sings a Song of Pain

By Syed Maajid Rashid Andrabi The valley of Kashmir known to the world as “the Paradise on earth” leaves all spellbound by its magnificent beauty. Lofty snow clad mountains, the honey-dewed orchards, mesmerizing pastures, rippling lakes and blue skies leave no stone unturned to leave a long lasting impression on anyone who is lucky enough […]

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