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. 

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.


Post on Kashmir published by CPDR has been translated into the Chinese language by Zhuanlan Zhihu

We are glad to announce that the article  "Post- August 5: Growing Economic Woes of Kashmir"  published by CPDR has been translated into the Chinese language by Zhuanlan Zhihu. This article, presenting an insightful analysis of the economic crisis created by the deteriorating situation in the Occupied Kashmir particularly during the last one and a half year, has been authored by Irtaza Muhammad who is serving as the Coordinator for Young Voices of Kashmir. We look forward to more valuable research and articles in future from such emerging talented writers through this forum.

Following is the article's link:


COVID-19: My Reflections

Ishba Khan
It was a fine evening in the first week of March when I went to see my family over the weekend as they were in Islamabad on a short visit. I left my hostel on Friday with a hand-carry containing only two books and a few clothes. I was supposed to go back to hostel on Sunday but we were informed that the university had been closed for two weeks. I wish I could have picked my novels and the hair straightener if I only had a clue that any such thing will happen.


Post-August 5: Growing Economic Woes of Kashmir

Irtaza Muhammad
The last one and a half year is considered worst in the contemporary history of the Indian Occupied Kashmir as it has broken the back of its economy. The economic meltdown began with the Pulwama attack wherein forty Indian soldiers were killed followed by the Balakot airstrike 40 km from Islamabad, and an air fight between India and Pakistan in February 2020. It generated an atmosphere of fear and despondency leading to cancellation of the most of business deals.


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