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ANANTNAG:  Altaf Mir 55-yrs-old man hails from Janglatmandi Anantnag has became first Kashmiri Sufi Singer who made it to prestigious Coke Studio Pakistan. Known for his calming voice, Sufi singer Altaf Mir lived a content life by working as Handicrafts an artisan with an expertise in Aari work and chain-stitching in Janglatmandi Area in south kashmir Anantnag district now became the one of the best Sufi Singer in Coke studio Pakistan.

Altaf earlier used to sing at various marriage ceremonies, and Sufiana Mehfils, said his mother Raja Begam. With tearful eyes Raja Begam was continuously watching coke studio video “Ha Gulo toi ma sa wuchhon Yaar Meon” which is sung by her son Altaf Mir and others, directed by Zohaib Qazi and Ali Hamza. The video went viral on social Media networks and got sheared and likes thousands of people in all over the world.

I visited two times to Pakistan via Wagha border to meet my son I saw their my son was facing lot of hardships, my son got married with a local girl in Muzaffarabad her name is Fozia Jan, he is now the father of three sons, his elder son’s name is Mohammad Sammi, recalls Raja Begam. Altaf Mir faced lot of hardships also in Muzaffarabad Pakistan after in year 2000 when the earthquake hits in Pakistan his house was also devastate in earthquake and left Altaf Mir in poverty. 

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SRINAGAR: The requirements of our age make it necessary to examine and weigh once more many matters about which it is no longer enough to accept the old assessments. The equal status of women in the society is one of these matters. In this age, it has been commonly supposed that the basic questions in this area are the "liberation of women" and the "equality of their rights with men". All other problems are off-shoots of these two matters. 

The development of mechanization and the ever-increasing growth in production at a rate greater than the level of the actual needs of people, the necessity of persuading consumers through thousands of deceptions and frauds, the urgency with which all auditory, visual, psychological, sensory, aesthetic, artistic and venal means to transform man into an involuntary agent of consumption, further required that the capitalist should take advantage of woman's exustence; not of woman's physical strength or her work power as a simple worker sharing with man in production, but rather of her power and magic to attract with her beauty and elegance, by trading in her honour and respect, through her power to entice, to captivate minds and wills and to transform them, to impose consumption on consumers.It is clear that all this has been done in the name of her 'liberty' and her becoming 'equal' with man.

Politics also did not lag behind in making use of this factor;one can read the circumstances of this regularly in newspapers and magazines.In all these things, the existence of woman is exploited and she is used as a means for accomplishing the aims of man; and all this is done under the cover of 'liberty' and 'equality'. Clearly, the young man of this century did not fail to avail himself of this precious opportunity. He stopped taking to the traditional responsibilities with regard to women, and made the seeking of a partner something cheap and gratuitous, seizing her in his talons.These people then shed more crocodile tears than before over the unfortunate condition of women and the unjust discrimination against them.

There is no doubt that our century has removed a whole series of misfortunes from women, but the point is whether it has not actually brought another series of misfortunes as a gift. What is the reason for this Is woman condemned to one of these two calamities, and forced to choose one of them, or is there nothing to hinder her from banishing her old misfortunes, as well as the new misfortunes?

The fact is that there is no compulsion or inevitability. The misfortunes of the olden days were mostly caused owing to the fact that a 'woman is a human being' was forgotten, and her modern misfortunes are because, intentionally or otherwise, the womanliness of a woman, her inborn tendencies and nature, her mission, the axis around which she turns, her instinctual needs and her special capabilities are completely ignored.  Women need care, compassion, encouragement and appreciation. Women have great convincing power. They can transform the minds of many if they are themselves empowered and extricated from the stereotypes and stigmas.

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SRINAGAR: Life is a precious gift bestowed to a living thing by god without any prior urge or demand. The dynamics of human life is to ensure its safety, security and to spend it fearlessly. In Jammu and Kashmir especially in Valley, the life has become so irrelevant that dead graph of the precious lives is rising with every passing day. History bear witness to the fact that violent conflict is synonymous with the cost of precious human lives. To devise a mechanism for saving the lives and live a life of dignity should be the major concern of all the stakeholders of the conflict. 
 
The vicious cycle of deaths in Kashmir has put the inhabitants on edge particularly youth, where there is no safety and security. Every time a person becomes a victim to the conflict whether a policeman, militant, army man or a civilian always a precious life is lost this can’t be compensated via tributes, condemnations or Hartals.  With over 60% of youth population, one can term the Kashmir as ‘Young Kashmir’ the fear and agony of the youth because of the life threats concludes the discussion of youth scenario as abnormality.
 
The life is all about ups and downs, the present young generation of Kashmir since its existence has never seen normalcy or what is termed as ‘peace’ the lack of political space and state’s pushing to wall policy is forcing youth to opt for extreme steps. As such the innocent lacking reasons to live opt to die what they term it as ‘dignified dead.’ Ironical part of Kashmir’s grave scenario is that so far no one from any quarter has come on forefront to understand youth that nothing can be achieved by wrapping shroud and that the issue is between India and Pakistan with people of Kashmir its main stakeholders.
 
The feel of insecurity among youth not only forcing them to opt arms, but in most of the cases, the statics shows it psychological break down among people mostly the kith and kin of the deceased youth. The situation of Kashmir not allows an aged father or mother whose son died in a ‘dignified manner’ to recall his/her ordeal of helplessness. As such they also feel that to bear the sufferings is dignity. In nutshell, every sphere of life in Kashmir holds the suffering, agony, threat and pain.
 
The other part of the Kashmir’s poor situation is that we have no example of fearless and dignified life, among us who got an opportunity to get exposure outside the world can little understand the cost and the significance of life. With rising number of deaths and destruction, it is high time that the people at the helm of affairs should break the ice and come forward to save the generation and understand the significance and dignity of life.  The resolution perhaps not demanded the death and destruction but a mindset which full of intellect, strategy, and courage to address the issues in a way that no precious life is brought to death and to understand the dynamics and values of life. 
 
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