Ever wondered, what is the official map of Jammu Kashmir?
Often this question comes up, where is Kashmir. How big is it?
It’s quite big.
Kashmir as a country
Its size measures about to 222,236 square kilometres. If United Kashmir was a country, it would be larger than at least 168 countries in the world. Its current size puts it at the 86th number.
And would have more population that would make it the 64th most populous country in the world. Bigger than Ecuador or Rwanda or even Portugal. Continue reading “Mythbusters: What is the official map of #Kashmir?”
Episode 1: The Kashmiri Internet
First episode of my first ever podcast online. It’s about Kashmir (obviously), the internet and the defying off all odds.
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Verinag, is a small town in Islamabad, South of Kashmir. Apart from being a tourist spot, it’s also the major source of the River Jhelum. Springs or nags as Kashmiris call it, are also sites of pilgrimages for the Hindu community in Kashmir.
On the way to Verinag, lies the small village of Kapron close to the restive district of Kulgam. With its picturesque valley and a dense forest, Kapron was a busy village in the late 20th century.
Kapron had iron ore that was mined by Kashmiris to make agricultural implements. In Kashmiri, an ironsmith is called a ‘Khar’. After the Treaty of Amritsar, Kashmir was sold by the British to the Dogras. The Hindu supremacist Dogra regime suffocated Kashmiri industries with exorbitant taxation especially on Kashmiri Muslims.
One of the families that were in the business of iron, Khars or Bhats of Kapron suffered tremendous losses. They left their properties and their homeland, escaping from the tyrannical tax system.
Continue reading “The Great Gama and the Migration”
I wanted to write something today. It came out sad. So i just backspaced it all. Maybe next time.
The man, and his peacenik myth.
1) Deputy minister in the GM Sadiq’s regime, who laid the final nail in the coffin of Kashmir’s autonomy.
2) Engineered a failed plot to topple the Sadiq government with Syed Mir Qasim.
3) Hatched another plot to depose the waned Sheikh Abdullah in 1977, and stake a claim to become the Chief Minister. But Sheikh played his ace card, by dissolving the assembly and throwing water at Mufti’s dream. And then lost his first ‘election’ to assembly from his hometown of Bijbehara
Continue reading “33 Great Achievements of Mufti Sayeed”