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Work of Mourning in Kashmir

Ather Zia 29 June 2012 7 am. The newspaper guy’s voice sounded wistful; “Dasgir’s Saeb’s shrine at Khanyar is burning”. My father grimaced painfully. My mother heard the news, unusually contained for a person who offered most of her prayers there. She did not utter a word. Her steaming cup of Chai turned cold while […]

Aylan Kurdi: A political murder masked as a drowning

Ather Zia (2015) First Published here at Daily Vox: http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/aylan-kurdi-a-political-murder-masked-as-a-drowning/ Since yesterday, my social media newsfeed has been replete with images of the tiny lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy who washed ashore on a Turkish beach. After being refused asylum by the Canadian government, Aylan’s family was headed to the tiny […]

Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

Ather Zia [First Published on SAMAR http://samarmagazine.org/archive/articles/364] In not so recent past most Kashmiri women shared two notable traits. They did not like to buy meat from the butcher and at no cost would they make their grief public. The butcher’s shop was a shunned site maybe because it typified exposure to uncouth, aggressive and […]

Spectacle of Indian National Project

Ather Zia Why Afzal was killed in custody without even a patina of a fair trial? Why did India, which masquerades as a democracy in Kashmir, give in to a ‘murderous’ due process? I will not go into the nitty-gritty of the case which was cooked to kill Afzal. I do not want to repeat […]