A stone in her hand

For all those who are following events in Kashmir, a comment written by me on a relatively new phenomenon:

But now an unfamiliar new photograph of the Kashmiri woman has begun to take its place on newspaper front pages. She’s dressed in ordinary salwar-kameez, pastel pink, baby blue, purple and yellow. Her head is casually covered with a dupatta and she seems unconcerned about being recognized. She is often middle aged, and could even be middle-class. And she is carrying a stone. A weapon directed at the security forces…

To read the full piece, do take a look at the Times of India of Aug 8, 2010

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4 Responses to “A stone in her hand”


  1. 1 rahul srivastava August 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    hi sir ,
    i know it for sure your religion which is islam is cause for conflict in Kashmir, in Kashmir people think india as a country of hindus but for your knowledge it has second highest population of muslims in the world and what about kasmiri pandits? i think u should come out of illusion that u ever going to have freedom, u should think about Muslim in India, what about them, they also going to get affected by your decision. and it is time you start telling ur ppl right things, Islam is not the only religion in the world, there are others too, u have to make good relations with them, other wise u can not survive, look how backward you are. and i also feel sorry for the killings of the youth in Kashmir, but only you people can stop that, and start sending your kids to school.

    • 2 rahul srivastava August 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      i am hindu, but i have no hatred about ur religion, we want peace. But u know pakistan think because it is a mulim country it has sole right on kasmir, it is unfare, and one thing mor , tell me one mulim country which has secular democracy, we as indian treat everybody same, we are not not as Pakistanis where Hindus slaughtered and depressed by there people .

      • 3 rahul srivastava August 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm

        And think about urself, you ppl killed thousands of kasmiri pandits and they live in exile in there own country, what you have done you are getting the taste of same. stop pelting stones , start sending your kids to school, not madarsas, stop telling them that exept mulims every body is kafir, ur problem is going to solve natrually.

  2. 4 Taufeeq nabi December 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I am a muslim and we never have hated any religion like indian hindus have done by demolishing babri mosque and killing lakhs of muslims in gujrat.Second thing u talk of kashmiri pandits now if u remember u will know that it was jagmohan then governor of state who told pandits that u just come to jammu and i will drive roller on kashmiris and will kill them all but God had something different plan for the greed of getting kashmir they completly lost it.We can forget our 150000 martyrs,our 30000 persons missing in indian custody,our 75000 women raped,our 1lakh widows all this is indian giving and still we will live in india.kashmiri pandits living most prosperous life by getting reservation at every place in india.Now about muslims my brothers if u will read ur vedas carefully u surely will follow islam..Now is the freedom we just requested india to leave as ur nehru promised but as typical indians u broke promise now it is our challenge that not only kashmir we will conquer upto punjab as predicted in the persian book (99% predictions of this book have turned true ) it will take time but it will happen.ur coward army brings batalion to kill 1 person..but what will happen when we will change stones with suicide bombings..coz enough is enough.Whenever we see history these hindus were hypocrates…ur all bjp leaders were supporting british but after freedom they became leaders…my aim isn’t to fight or harass i m just showing u a part of mirror


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