Riyaz Wani — Tehelka

Riyaz Wani
Riyaz  Wani

Riyaz Wani is special correspondent with Tehelka magazine. He earlier covered Kashmir for The Indian Express. Before that, he was a senior editor with Kashmir’s leading regional daily Greater Kashmir. His interests include reading Urdu poetry and watching cricket on TV.

Blogs By Riyaz Wani

Kashmir: The Land of Agents

Kashmir: The Land of Agents

2 October 25, 2013 in Current Affairs

Everybody here is an agent. Pakistani agent, Indian agent, double agent and if you resist any explicit definition then people will stick their own label on you. But you still are an agent. You have to be one. Because, there is no neutral space in Kashmir. When the campaign for […]

How Afzal Guru’s hanging has changed Kashmir

How Afzal Guru’s hanging has changed Kashmir

3 February 24, 2013 in Current Affairs

A fortnight after Afzal Guru’s execution, the Valley continues to simmer with resentment. But it is the fallout on the peace and the political efforts to address Kashmir that makes hanging a fraught development for the state. The biggest casualty of the execution is the prospect for a fresh dialogue […]

Maqbool Bhat was always an abstraction, Guru is real and raw

Maqbool Bhat was always an abstraction, Guru is real and raw

5 February 12, 2013 in Current Affairs

As an adolescent in 1984, I vaguely remember the sequences of events that led to the hanging of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat. The kidnapping and subsequent killing of a senior Indian diplomat Ravindra Hareshwa Mhatre certainly created a stir in my family and became a subject of discussion between my […]

O, swear not by the moon…

O, swear not by the moon…

2 February 1, 2013 in Current Affairs

…When you hive off a portion of pain from the larger tragedy of Kashmir As a teenager in Baramulla in 1989, and brought up on a still steady discourse of Kashmir’s uneasy relationship with New Delhi, the outbreak of separatist militancy was eminently understandable. At that time, it was difficult […]

Kamal’s Dhamaal

Kamal’s Dhamaal

2 November 22, 2012 in Current Affairs

Outside Kashmir, few people know Mustafa Kamal as a member of Kashmir’s powerful Abdullah dynasty. A part of the reason is the absence of the familiar suffix – Abdullah – from his name. There is a plausible explanation for this awful omission: his father, the legendary Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah wanted […]

Peace in the valley continues to wear a contrived look

Peace in the valley continues to wear a contrived look

0 October 17, 2012 in Current Affairs

The Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde visited Hazratbal shrine and Lal Chowk on his recent visit to the state. He prayed at Hazratbal, terming it as the fulfillment of his life-long wish and also did some shopping in Lal Chowk. Pictures show him holding an apple and checking its […]

Engaging With an Imagined Kashmir

Engaging With an Imagined Kashmir

2 October 10, 2012 in Current Affairs

On any given day, just underneath the surface, it is an unremitting contest for supremacy between several realities in Kashmir. There are occasions when this conflict bubbles up to the surface or when one aspect completely overshadows the others. The political class in the state knows it all too well […]

Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah, friends turned foes?

Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah, friends turned foes?

0 October 3, 2012 in Current Affairs

  Have the once close buddies Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdullah fallen apart? There are grounds for such speculations after Rahul vigorously championed the cause of Panchayat members following the successive killing of two Sarpanches in the state. He called on the state government to implement the 73rd amendment of […]

Fair Game

Fair Game

0 September 26, 2012 in Current Affairs

The killing of two sarpanches in a fortnight has mortally threatened the existence of the valley’s fledgling Panchayat Raj institutions. More than a 100 panches and sarpanches have tendered their resignations through paid advertisements in the local newspapers. Many, who couldn’t do it through the media, have rushed to their […]

Anatomy of a protest

Anatomy of a protest

3 September 19, 2012 in Current Affairs

It was after a long time that Kashmir was in the throes of ferment. Hundreds of youth poured onto the streets and lobbed rocks at the police and paramilitary forces. However, this time the target of their wrath was not New Delhi but America. The provocation was the anti-Islam US […]

Why Shahrukh Khan also generated a bit of discomfort in Valley

Why Shahrukh Khan also generated a bit of discomfort in Valley

4 September 12, 2012 in Culture & Society

Shahrukh Khan’s nine day shoot in Valley for the untitled Yash Chopra movie generated an extraordinary media buzz. Everything from his arrival in Valley from Ladakh to his shoots under heavy security cordon, his tweets and his protection by a woman DSP of J-K Police was written about in the […]

Closure matters

Closure matters

0 September 4, 2012 in Current Affairs

In Kashmir, the bones of the dead continue to work their way to the surface and into the prevailing political discourse. There is an increasing clamour by families of missing persons, for identification of the thousands buried in unmarked graves around the state. They say these dead are their loved […]