Pragaash

  • Kashmir: Girls pursue career in music amidst fatwa May 2, 2013

    Srinagar: Online threats and pressure from religious and radical groups forced the Kashmir Valley's first girl rock band to disband but it has not dampened the spirits of many among the fairer sex, who want to pursue a career in music and singing. This was evident from the fact that as...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha takes on fundamentalists, extremists February 10, 2013

    In this episode of The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha takes on the people who find a reason to protest against almost everything. ...
  • Won't comment on anything political or religious now: SRK February 8, 2013

    New Delhi: No other Bollywood star has been in as many controversies as Shah Rukh Khan. Recently in the news for an article on being Muslim, the actor now says he won't speak on anything political or religious. While speaking to CNN-IBN, Shah Rukh said he stands for freedom of...
  • 'Those who threatened Kashmiri all-girl band won't be spared' February 8, 2013

    Ajmer: Government will not spare those who issued threats to Kashmiri girl band, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulhah on Thursday said, but maintained there was no need for legal action against the grand mufti who issued Fatwa terming singing as un-Islamic. Abdullah, during a visit to dargah of Sufi...
  • 3 arrested for threatening, abusing Kashmir girl band online February 7, 2013

    Srinagar: Three persons have been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the alleged online abuses and threats to the all-girls rock band, Pragaash. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I'm glad the police in Kashmir has identified and arrested people for the online threats...
  • 2 youth arrested for abusing all-girl rock band of Kashmir online February 7, 2013

    Srinagar: Two youth were arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the online abuses and threats to the all-girl rock band of Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I'm glad the police in Kashmir have identified and arrested 2 people for the online threats made to the...
  • Don't stop performing: Iranian all-woman band to Pragaash February 6, 2013

    Jammu and Kashmir's first girl band on Monday decided to call it quits after a fatwa was issued against them by the valley's Grand Mufti. ...
  • The Last Word: Why is Indian society unable to stand up for freedom of expression? February 7, 2013

    The VHP's women wing on Wednesday continued to disrupt an exhibition at Delhi Art Gallery saying it portrayed women in a bad way. ...
  • J&K girl band being banned due to politics of vote: BJP February 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Expressing varied stands on issues of right to expression, BJP on Tuesday said Kashmir's all-girl band Pragaash is being banned due to a politics of vote but justified protests by VHP's Durga Vahini against a nude art exhibition in New Delhi as an example of upholding order and...
  • News 360: Kashmir no place for music, says J&K girl band member February 5, 2013

    Srinagar Police on Tuesday filed an FIR against those who posted online abuse and threats aimed at the valley's first girls-only rock band. But the band members said they gave up after the state's Grand Mufti's fatwa. ...
  • No end to cultural terror, artistes continue to suffer as govt remains silent February 5, 2013

    New Delhi: A girl band in Jammu and Kashmir is forced to quit; an exhibition of nudes in Delhi compelled to shut temporarily; an art academy in Bangalore coerced into removing three nude paintings - these incidents just follow the FIR against a sociologist who spoke on corruption and Dalits...
  • J&K: Govt should have acted sooner, says Mehbooba Mufti on fatwa against girl band February 5, 2013

    Main Opposition party leader Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday condemned the Omar Abdullah government for what she called "delayed response" to the fatwa against Kashmir's first girl band. ...
  • Respect Grand Mufti's decision: Girl band member February 5, 2013

    Srinagar: One of the members of Pragaash, Jammu and Kashmir's first girl band, on Tuesday broke her silence and said that they decided to quit because they respected the Grand Mufti's decision and not because of the abuses and threats hurled at them on Facebook. Speaking to CNN-IBN, the girl...
  • Crucial questions on why the all-girls band in Kashmir was banned February 5, 2013

    New Delhi: "Long live Islam, long live India, long live Hinduism, give our countryppl some broad mind oh almighty, it's urgently needed" and "it's not about few people but masses, what happened to few harm many, discourage for others what we will achieve from all this". These were the messages...
  • J&K: FIR against online abusers of girl band February 5, 2013

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday filed an FIR against online abusers of the all-girl music band Pragaash, said sources. The police action came after an SMS threat was circulated against the all-girl band. The rock band was forced to disband after a fatwa was issued against them on...
  • Kashmiris back girl band, urge govt to act against diktats February 5, 2013

    New Delhi: In the wake of the fatwa against the first girl rock band of Jammu and Kashmir, many prominent Kashmiris came out in support of the band and condemned the fatwa issued by the Grand Mufti. Lawyer Shabnam Lone and actor Aamir Bashir blamed the Omar Abdullah government for...
  • Fatwa against Kashmir girls' rock band motivated: BJP February 5, 2013

    Jammu: The BJP on Monday described the 'fatwa' against the all-girl rock band in Kashmir as an attemptby certain fundamentalist groups to "Talibanise" society. Taking strong exception to the 'fatwa' (religious decree) issued by grand mufti Bashir-ud-din-Ahmed, head of the Muslim clergy in Kashmir, against the all-girl rock band, state BJP...
  • Should an all-women band be deemed un-Islamic? February 4, 2013

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that full security will be provided to the members of the state's first girl band if they wanted to pursue their music career. ...
  • J&K: Parties decry fatwa as girl band decides to quit February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that full security will be provided to the members of the state's first girl band if they wanted to pursue their music career. "The decision to continue or not continue lies with the band. Jammu and Kashmir always...
  • J&K: Political parties slam fatwa against girl band February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir today lost its only all-girls rock band, Pragaash, as its three teenage members decided to call it quits, a day after the Grand Mufti issued a fatwa terming singing as un-Islamic and asked them to abandon it. The band hit the limelight in December 2012...
  • Fatwa against girl band: State must intervene, says Mehbooba Mufti February 4, 2013

    Jammu and Kashmir's first girl band on Monday decided to quit following a fatwa against them. ...
  • J&K CM Omar Abdullah assures security to girl band February 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that full security will be provided to the members of the state's first girl band if they wanted to pursue their music career. "The decision to continue or not continue lies with the band. Jammu and Kashmir always...
  • J&K: Girl band decides to quit following fatwa February 4, 2013

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir's first girl band has decided to call it quits after a fatwa was issued against them by the valley's Grand Mufti. While issuing a fatwa, the Mufti had called for women to wear a veil at all times. He claimed that public performances by women were un-Islamic...
  • Kashmir girl band labelled un-Islamic, obscene February 4, 2013

    Srinagar: Kashmir's first all girls music band facing a fatwa from Muslim clerics has found support in politicians and activists. The valley's Grand Mufti, while issuing the fatwa to the band, called for women in the country to wear a veil at all times. Mufti Maulana Bashir-U-Din went on to...
  • Fatwa issued against Kashmir's girl band February 4, 2013

    Jammu: After facing threats, Kashmir's first all girls music band is now facing a fatwa from Muslim clerics. Kashmir's Grand Mufti has condemned the rock band and issued a fatwa against them, saying music is bad for the society and women must be under a veil at all times. The senior...
  • J&K: First girl band stops shows after online threats February 2, 2013

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday ordered a probe into threats allegedly received by the first all-girls band in the state. The band, Pragaash, is made up of three Class 10 students. The band members said that they had to call it quits after they received...