Shiv Kunal Verma

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The Muslim card: Rise of the Lion of Kashmir

Each and every time, Kashmiri Pandit boys who applied with him, invariably got the scholarships, which convinced the young Sheikh...

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A bipolar universe: Maharaja Hari Singh’s ‘great betrayal’

Much to the horror of the British, Hari Singh, as the Chairman of the Chamber of Princes, literally knocked the...

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Cat and Mouse Games: British Empire and the J&K Maharajas

In 1905, it was decided to do away with the Dogra Dynasty completely, but the British machinations leaked it to...

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Kingdom of mountains: Dogras and the East India Company

Gulab Singh got the tarnished reputation of a manipulator who ‘bought’ himself a kingdom. In reality, nothing could be further...

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Stones of silence: Ladakh and beyond

The September 1842 peace treaty accepted the traditional boundary between Ladakh and Tibet. The village and the area around Minsar...

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Mastermind: The emergence of Gulab Singh

Gulab Singh took it upon himself to honour the Tripartite Treaty, thereby getting the British out of a tight spot....

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Dining at the High Table: The Early Military History of Kashmir

The Kashmir Valley by itself has always been a part and parcel of the subcontinent’s military history.     Bandrol,...

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Puppeteers without strings: Pied pipers of hate

Winston Churchill was closely in touch with Jinnah since the early 1930s and had done the initial spadework to accept...

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The Heaven Born: The Men Who Ruled Kashmir

Papa John told me not to tell Sheikh Abdullah that the villages were in such abject poverty that they were...

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Nights without end: Four days with the Hizbul Mujahideen

The Sunday Guardian brings to its readers an unconventional account of Kashmir by filmmaker and author Shiv Kunal Verma. The...

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Target G219, deploy weapons of peace

Whenever China decides to poke at India anywhere on the 4,056 kilometre boundary, we as a nation are subconsciously teleported...

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Repeated intelligence failures: Time to worry

Keep an eye on the developments in what is known as the ‘Central Sector’ where initial though yet to be...

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Ladakh could be a feint, China’s big push may be coming from the east

India, led by its overactive media, will continue to harp on the carefully laid out trap that focuses on ‘loss...

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Optical illusions: How to Win wars, not just battles

A narrative is being put out by a lobby that India has lost territory and PP 14 is no longer...

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Chinese checkers: Looking beyond the mask

After the start of the pandemic, few would have expected Xi Jinping to don the war paint and literally follow...

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Enemy at the gates, so don’t cry wolf

Learn to master the ancient Indian art of maunvrat.   Rinderpest is also more commonly known as the “foot and...

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The Psychological games the Chinese play with us

In 1962, PLA ‘terror squads’ had shown no mercy or remorse, gunning down and bayoneting retreating Indian soldiers in cold...

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Time to take on the neighbourhood bully

Georg Hegel says we learn from history that we have never learnt from history. In the context of Indo-Sino relations,...