articles by Rayan Naqash


No landing in sight for addicts in Udta Punjab

Even though drug problem was the biggest election issue when Punjab voted a new assembly in 2017, the state continues to be in the grip of addiction


Bhaand's Tryst With Destiny

The decline of Kashmir’s vibrant traditional theatre form Bhaand Paather, which incorporates mythological legends and contemporary social satire, began after Independence. Now, it stares at a dark future under the shadow of terrorism


Life amid shelling on the Line of Control

Decades of conflict between India and Pakistan have been hard on the families that live in border villages. There is no war, but it's no less than war


Jaish goes for the kill on social media

Dar’s determination and admission was much like that of 16-year-old Fardeen Khanday’s admission of mounting an attack on a paramilitary camp in the same southern region, on December 31, 2017


40 CRPF personnel killed in terror attack as explosive-laden vehicle rams into military convoy in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama

At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Jammu and Kashmir were killed when the two buses they were travelling in became the target of a suicide bombing


Soft separatist battles to stay relevant in Valley of violence

In downtown Srinagar’s Mazar-e-Shuhada, or the martyrs’ graveyard, assassinated Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Farooq Shah lies buried close to Hizbul Mujahideen’s Abdullah Bangroo.


Kashmir's new age of terror

Boys still in their teens are increasingly being recruited by jihadist outfits to little resistance from families, separatists or the government as a new gun culture gains ground in the troubled Valley.


In Kashmir, the institution of Mirwaiz is once again faced with an enemy who must not be named

In Jammu and Kashmir, the authority of the Mirwaiz is again being challenged, in both politics as well as religion.


Jammu and Kashmir saw more killings of jihadists, but also more local recruits in 2018; new year to bring new challenges

As the new year arrives, new challenges are in store for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, including the conduct of the general elections.


Week after encounter in J&K's Pulwama, death of civilians continues to evoke rage; no clarity on whether SOPs were followed

Five days after the gunfight in Pulwama, there is little clarity on what happened on the ground and whether standard operating procedures were followed.


'India not communal anymore': CPM sees resurgence in Jammu and Kashmir soon after BJP loses three major Assembly polls

The CPM had called for a workers convention in Kulgam, on Wednesday, three weeks after the state Assembly was dissolved and the BJP suffered losses in the recently held Assembly elections in the Hindi heartland of the country.


The rise of Sajad Lone: Former secessionist has emerged as potential change-maker for Jammu and Kashmir

Sajjad Lone’s “total transformation”, as he tells it, took place when he was a 24-year-old in one of the overcrowded prisons in Srinagar.


In Jammu, Rohingya refugees live in fear of deportation, even as locals perceive them as threats

Once welcomed in Jammu, Rohingya refugees are now looked at with suspicion, as many believe that they will cause an exodus of the local population


Amid rising encounters in Kashmir, jihadists resort to Islamic State-like tactics to instil 'fear', command deference

jihadists in Kashmir Valley have began filming executions and sharing them on social media like Islamic State, to terrorise civilians and put down stirrings of rebellion against militancy


Blast at Kulgam encounter site post gunfight shows how stone pelters prevent forces from clinically wrapping up operations

Following every gunfight security forces as per their standard operating procedure must sanitise the site of all unexploded explosives before allowing civilians to proceed to the area.


Manan Wani: Once an icon in Tikipora village for pursuing PhD, research scholar dies after embracing militancy

Manan Wani was the first from his Tikipora village in Kupwara district, some 130 kilometres from Srinagar city, to pursue a doctorate and also the first militant in recent years.


Jammu and Kashmir civic polls: This nondescript Bandipora village of Inderkoot has the guts to put up candidates, vote

Local residents said that the lack of basic amenities in the village and the failures of previous administrations compelled the local residents of Inderkoot to participate despite boycott calls by Kashmiri separatists and militant threats.


Jammu and Kashmir civic election: Valley sees low voter turnout, but polling process remains largely peaceful

A senior police official said that the “well-calibrated phasing” of the civic elections helped reduce the incidence of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.


Kashmir polls: Chance for BJP to fill vacuum as NC, PDP boycott but terror threats may deter mass participation

Amid paranoia over attempts to further dilute the state’s special status, the popular wave in the Valley seems opposed to the polls.


Jammu and Kashmir policemen killed: Resolve of force remains unshaken, say senior officials

Faced with backlash from the State, militants have turned to carrying out low-risk attacks on the Jammu and Kashmir Police