Author: nusrat ara

Dowry Rising Among Muslims in Kashmir

by Nusrat Ara -Indian-administered Kashmir- Shazia Akhtar and her family have been preparing for months for her wedding. The family has saved for years for the big day. With marriages in Kashmir getting more expensive, the burden seems to be

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Juvenile (In)Justice in Kashmir

by Nusrat Ara -Indian administered Kashmir- My heart sinks as I look at the collage, carried by almost all the local newspapers, of children standing before judges in the local court. Looking forlorn and lost, the children are handcuffed and

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Craftsmen of Renowned Kashmiri Guns Struggle to Survive

by Nusrat Ara -Indian-administered Kashmir- As a little kid my elder brother and I spent most of our time at our maternal grandparent’s house. A room in the house held the fascination of all the children. It belonged to my

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Kashmir’s Last Cinema Struggles to Survive

by Nusrat Ara -Indian-Administered Kashmir- It is Sunday noon. I am standing outside the only functional cinema in all of Indian administered Kashmir. Located in the city of Srinagar, the shabby Neelam Cinema sits quiet. It looks more like a

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Kashmir’s Economy Feels the Effects of Climate Change

by Nusrat Ara – Indian-administered Kashmir – After the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) admitted to a major mistake in its 2007 report, which asserted the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, skeptics and opponents alike went on

“Promoting self-help, not sympathy”: Kashmir’s She Hope Disability Centre Provides Support for a New Life

by Nusrat Ara – Indian-administered Kashmir – “Keep Guns Outside, Please.” The brightly-colored sign on the gates of She Hope Disability Centre is a reminder of Kashmir’s ongoing conflict. Sami Wani, the young manager, smiles when asked about the instruction.