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. 

Kashmir in 2020

Irtaza Muhammad
The free world celebrated New Year’s eve on 31st December 2019 keeping a hope that the next year might bring peace and progress to their lives but the scenario was quite different in the world’s highest militarized zone known as “Kashmir”. People of Kashmir while living under a long strict curfew were still bewildered and frustrated about the Indian Government’s move of revoking the special status of Kashmir. Kashmiri people stepped into 2020 amid tensions and anxiety that they had been facing since the past five months.


Education during the Pandemic

03rd November 2020 | Ishba Aziz Khan
It was the 12th of March when I returned from university and after taking a bit of rest, I started studying for the quiz I had the next day. In the evening, I got the news that the university had been closed for two weeks due to the increased cases of Covid-19. At first, I was not even able to react to this unexpected news. I was happy and confused at the same time. We were asked to leave the hostels as soon as possible and this entire situation was quite distressing for all of us.


REVIEW: The local government system in Azad Jammu and Kashmir

2nd October 2020 | Reviewed by Hunain Mahmood
A 30-page report on the Local Government System in Azad Jammu and Kashmir has recently been published by Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms- a known research and training organization. A detailed analysis about the historic roots and evolution of the Local Government System has been explained in the report, along with a set of 21recommendations for consideration of the authorities.


Oral History: Blurred-Memories of bygone Cinemas in Azad Kashmir

30th September 2020 | Komal Raja
I grew up in Azad Kashmir where cinema was non-existent. Thought of the region without a cinema never struck me as hard as it did this morning. Reference to the cinemas popped up while building an argument in one of my research papers about how the public spaces and socio-political activism in AJ&K are inter-related. I had always presumed that AJ&K has never had any cinemas.


Growing awareness about human rights violation in Kashmir

23rd September 2020 | Hunain Mahmood
Once again the Human Rights Council, the third most powerful body of the United Nations, has raised the issue of the human rights abuses, zero space for political dissidents and constant internet shutdown in the Indian-held-Kashmir during the 42nd session.


Growing Tourism in Azad Kashmir

Ishba Aziz Khan
Azad Jammu and Kashmir, also known as the heaven on earth, is a land enriched with fertile plains, towering mountains and gushing rivers. The valley is full of beautiful sceneries and has many places for the attraction of tourists like Ganga Choti, Neelum River, Banjosa Lake, Peer Chanasi, Mangla Dam, Tolipeer and many others.  People from different areas of Pakistan come to visit these places every year.


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