The relationship between women and politics never has been considered smooth and fine. Politics is the field where women never been welcomed especially in a society like ours. Though women continue to choose the traditional roles of home-maker and civilized citizen still she is not interested in the politics....
The political discontent that has manifested itself in Jammu and Kashmir in post 1989 period is in many ways related to the failure of democracy and democratic institutions in this part of the world. It is in the failure of democratic politics to nstitutionalize itself that the grievances of...
The state of Jammu and Kashmir came into existence in 1846. It consists of three cultural zones, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. But before the formation of the state these regions represented various types of political identities. It is known that the modern Jammu region was divided into twenty two...
One of the most positive developments of the recent times is the initiatives being taken by the countries of South and Central Asia to open up the ancient trade routes. At present work is going on in full swing to open a trade route between North east and Tibet...
The “Apostle of Kashmir”, Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, known in Kashmir as Amir-i-Kabir or Shah-i-Hamdan in addition to preaching Islam contributed immensely in the overall development of the Kashmir society. He wrote a number of treatises. The most famous among these is Zakhirat-ul-Muluk written in Persian, which has been...
A Canada based travel agency, Bestway Tours and Safaris organises a 24 day Safari from Yarqand to Hunza, which has become very popular with foreign tourists from many parts of the world. It is a cultural tour of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, and Pakistan. Extracts from the online brochure of...
Kashmiris have often been called cowards who would not even keep a large kitchen knife. It was also said that they had to go round in a locality to look for someone to slaughter their chickens. Many people used to make fun of their cowardice and their extremely soft...
The most enchanting high altitude trek in entire Kashmir valley is the one leading to the famous Lake of Gangabal situated at the foot of Mount Haramukh. This Lake is approachable either from Sonamarg involving a 3 to 4 day trek or directly through Chatargul along Bramahsar or via...
The “Ancient Kashmir” was historically much better connected with its Northern neighbours than the present “Modern Kashmir”! Some of the main aspects of life which show Central Asian influence are the Kashmiri cuisine as well as the world famous Kashmiri Handicrafts. A typical example, which every Kashmiri home can...
Sir Aurel Stein in the second part of his translation of Kalhana’s Raj Tarangni has given a detailed memoir on the ancient geography of Kashmir. It makes a wonderful reading and transports one mentally to the glory that Kashmir was! The most interesting and absorbing account is about relating...