Young voices on Kashmir

Young voices of Kashmir
CPDR publication

A platform for young writers, analysts and emerging scholars from across the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir and the diaspora

Associate editor:
Ishba Khan
Irtaza Muhammad

Basic information

Young voices of Kashmir (YVK) provides a virtual platform to emerging Kashmir writers living in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir or abroad.

We request contributors to put forth pioneering analysis, stories to enhance understanding of the socio-cultural and political dynamics of the region. A number of diverse issues in the social, cultural, scientific, political, religious and personal realms are encountered by the young emerging writers in beautiful, creative ways; fostering intellectual debate on a wide range of significant contemporary issues and developments.
The young writers are requested to keep in mind the following rules for their writings:
  • Prefer plain direct sentences to the long, vague ones.  
  • It is necessary to use the correct spellings and grammar.
  • Creativity and originality are the basic qualities of a good writing. All entries must be the original work of the writers. Refrain from using someone else’s work without proper acknowledgement.
  • All works sent for publication should have a suitable title.
  • Try to tackle the social, political and cultural issues with a constructive critical analysis and positive thinking, suggesting some ways out of the chaotic circumstances faced by the world today. Avoid biasness and negative criticism which impairs the spirit of critical thinking and mars the objectives of this group. 

Internet Siege in Kashmir

16th September 2020 | Irtaza Muhammad
Internet has revolutionized our lives ever since its existence. One cannot imagine a normal life without access to it as almost all of our daily life activities are connected to it in one way or the other. A prominent Human rights group The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), in its 120 pages report has termed the Internet Blackout in Kashmir imposed by the Indian Government a “Collective Punishment”.


The despair of Kashmiri pellet victims

14th September 2020 | Hunain Mahmood
When the people of Kashmir were observing Ashoura and running traditional peaceful processions to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad; Indian security forces opened fire on the protesters and according to the local media reports, around 250 people were seriously injured.


Life along the Line of Control, from the other side

5th September 2020 | Irtaza Muhammad
Not a single day goes by without exchange of fire along the Line of Control (LoC) separating Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir (PaJK) from the Indian-administrated portion (J-K). Tens of thousands of people reside along either side of this line. The ceasefire violations have not only left many of them handicapped but have resulted in the loss of life and property.


The pain that bequeathed hope to us ~ COVID -19: My Reflections — Dr. Hadia Aziz

This is the story of a doctor who, along with her sister, rose to the occasion; Put herself in the line of fire and bravely confronted the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Both of them have been helping out the needy people since the last 5-months. On the request of CPDR, Dr. Hadia Aziz shared her personal reflections which is presented here for our readers. Editor.


How Covid-19 pandemic weaken business activities in Rawalakot

Ishba Aziz Khan
I woke up one morning in June to the doorbell ringing without a pause. I went to the door and found a little girl standing with an innocent but confused expression on her face. On inquiring what the matter was, she said


Life along Line of Control

Irtaza Muhammad
Not a single day goes by without exchange of fire along Line of Control (LoC), separating Azad Kashmir from the Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir, where tens of thousands of people are residing. The ceasefire violations have resulted in loss of life, property and left the people crippled.

The LoC was declared the ceasefire line in 2003 which lasted for almost a decade. However LoC has been a hotspot since its existence. After the Uri attacks in 2016, there has been an unprecedented surge in ceasefire violations across the LoC and working boundary which divides Jammu region of Indian-held Kashmir from Pakistan.


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