Sounds of heavy boots and intermittent whistles pierce through the dead of night. Army patrols the lanes and by-lanes of Srinagar, picking up anyone at slightest pretext.
For the past 55 days, Kashmir is under a blanket of curfew. It was lifted for a brief spell only to be clamp down in most areas few hours later.
The killing of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander was just a trigger. It triggered off the cumulative anger of the Kashmiris like never before. It is an uprising of some sort where nothing but ‘azadi’ is the demand.
Kashmir valley has witnessed similar protests in 2008 and 2010 but the intense resistance of 2016 against the Indian armed forces is unprecedented. It has not only occupied the urbanscape but has taken the rural areas by storm. There is no single organization which is leading this resistance. On the contrary, people cutting across all ages and groups have voiced their support for the current upsurge. The children and teenagers are leading from the front.
The government of India has shown sheer callousness. The Prime Minister who is so vociferous on various issues remained dumb on Kashmir. Instead, they seemed to believe that the gun is the only solution to quell the protest. After a volley of protests from the opposition, did the government moved willy-nilly to take some steps, at least.
We, on our part, are trying to approach the problem by bringing exclusive interviews and writings. We have reports from the ground zero. We have faced difficulties most of the time as the communication with the Kashmir valley remained by and large cut off.
NOW was a magazine which used to play a significant role in the turbulent 60s of the last century in Bengal politics.Patronized by Humayun Kabir, NOW was edited by none other than Samar Sen. We have loaned the name NOW with reverence, hoping to play a vital role in the current situation. Our digital magazine will be called NOW…the Other World. This year is Samar Sen’s birth centenary. We pay our tribute in his memory through this inaugural issue.