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    When the water in the spring turned black.

    Kashmir Valley, 1989-90 It was from a neighbour that we heard the first rumours. He had gone to the ration shop to get sugar when he overheard a man exclaiming — ‘Inshallah, next ration we will buy in Islamabad!’ It was around this time that bus conductors in Lal Chowk could...
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    Indian Classical Music - On Youtube.

    Music which classical music enthusiasts will appreciate. Hindustani and Carnatic are the two main formal meta-traditions, with each having their own distinctive schools and lineages. Please post your favourite songs. Classical Music from the subcontinent welcome. As an intro Ustad Ali Ahmed...
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    Iran bans women from universities

    Anger as Iran bans women from universities - Telegraph In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation by Iran's most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be...
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    Exclusive : The Secret Online Weapons Store That’ll Sell Anyone Anything.

    Interesting article.excerpts. What - The Bushmaster M4 is a 3-foot rifle capable of firing thirty 5.56×45mm NATO rounds, and used by spec ops forces throughout Afghanistan. It's a serious weapon. But in the Internet's darkest black market, it's all yours. Who needs a background check...
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    The state has no business deciding someone’s faith

    One of the most majestic and arresting structures of Europe is the Great Mosque of Cordova. Apart from exquisite architecture, the unique thing about the mosque is that it is not really a mosque. Built in the eighth century by the Umayyad Caliphate as one of the greatest mosques, it was...
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    Temples of India

    Post images of Hindu (? vague term) , Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh places. any Dharmic temple inshort. Temples around you, famous temples, beautiful, ancient, absurd.. Sun temple at Martand, Anantnag The scale is grand... Now destroyed and in ruins, former glory Kailasanathar Temple...
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    Govt consumes 91% of budget in nine months

    Spendthrift ways: Govt consumes 91% of budget in nine months – The Express Tribune ISLAMABAD: In an alarming development, the federal government has consumed 91 per cent of the total annual budget in just nine months, while its revenues could not match the reckless spending...
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    Should politicians be subject to psychometric tests ?

    hmm can it be done that prospective candidates be subjected to detailed psychoanalytical tests before they stand for elections. one should not let any tom, dick or harry stand for office...but it may not make any difference in our part of the world since netas would buy the tests just as they...
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    Moral Panic ? No we are stopping the pornification of MEN!

    Sir/Madam, I write to complain about the abysmal standards of modesty I am noticing in Indian society. All bad things--sensationalist TV, obscene movies, diabetes among elders, pickpocketing, dilution of coconut chutney in Saravana Bhavan--are a result of Evil Western Influences. However, to...
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    Interesting Persian Poem

    Um this is from the more golden times of "Kashmiriyat"...I am an atheist so dont troll PLEASE! fanatics keep out. people interested in cultural/social discourse... This is a poem on Shiva by the muslim governor of Kashmir at that time..it is very well known. The name of the person was Ali...
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    Pakistani airspace being used for NATO supplies: Munter

    Pakistani airspace being used for NATO supplies: Munter – The Express Tribune ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has hinted that Nato supplies might have resumed through Pakistani airspace. He was speaking to reporters at the Pakistan National Council of Arts...
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    Mind set: Dilemma of a liberal Hindu.

    Interesting article. Mind set: Dilemma of a liberal Hindu - The Times of India I was born a Hindu, in a normal middle-class home. I went to an English-medium school where I got a modern education. Both my grandfathers belonged to the Arya Samaj, a reformist sect of Hinduism. My father...
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    A proposal for a free zone in Kashmir.

    Before i say anything, I make it clear that i am a kashmiri migrant, I have seen the horror of leaving kashmir in early 90's though i was just i child.My parents have a spend a great part of their lives in Srinagar, Kashmir. I have heard and seen the human tragedy in Kashmir, where families...

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