The Great Gama and the Migration

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 springs 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 the valleys, a forest lining up on its way, Kapron was a busy village in the late 20th century.

Kapron had iron ore that were mined by Kashmiris to make agricultural implements. In Kashmiri, an ironsmith is called a ‘Khar’. One of the families that were in the business of iron, Khars or Bhats of Kapron lost their family business. The Hindu supremacist Dogra regime had suffocated Kashmiri industries with exorbitant taxation especially on Kashmiri Muslims. Continue reading “The Great Gama and the Migration”

33 Great Achievements of Mufti Sayeed

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
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What would happen if Kashmir leaves India

In 1947, when the will of the people of Jammu Kashmir was known, RSS marauders with the help of Patiala Army (a defacto part of Indian Army) massacred 237,000 people in Jammu, in what is deemed to be a genocide.

Britain, the former colonial masters of erstwhile India, has had two referendums in as many years. While as Kashmir Dispute, the gift of the partition, has been promised a referendum 68 years ago, cannot have a single one because of the post-colonial scum that has us occupied.

A scenario, When Kashmir leaves India in a referendum: Continue reading “What would happen if Kashmir leaves India”

Nothing is built to last, even occupations

Hundreds of years ago, the Mughals in Kashmir built the gardens bordering the Dal. Thinking that there imperialist empire that occupied Kashmir would last forever. They consolidated the occupation with ministers, numberdars… (bureaucrats)

Couple of centuries later, the powerful Durranis broke the Mughal Occupation, with an occupation of their own. They built the Fort which is atop of Koh e Maran, again using the example of their predecessors, they consolidated their occupation through bureaucrats. Thinking that they would last long.

Then the British came, and sold us in what could be the biggest slave trade day in the history of mankind. The vassals Dogras became the new occupiers.

They brutalised the valley which led to the exile of hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris to what is known as Pakistan. The famines that killed thousands more due to their policies. (read Mridu Rai’s Hindu Rulers Muslim subjects)

When Kashmir was subjected to a genocide and subsequent bloody partition of their country. They were taken over by new occupiers.

The military complex of India is unfathomable for a valley like ours. The massive army cantonments, the ammunition, the number of armed personnel (almost a million), the structures and the planning for next ten years.

Just like the predecessors who occupied this country for the last 500 years, they consolidated their occupation through bureaucracy which is counter-revolutionary.

They too think their might and power cannot be defeated by the people who have resisted for five centuries.

But they forget an important lesson, nothing lasts forever, even the most brutal occupation. The Mughal Gardens, the Durrani Fort, the Institutions; the very land where you walk is a witness to this brutal history.

Be on the right side of the history, and you’re answerable not just to the Almighty but to the generations that would witness the dawn of the promised day. On that day, no justifications and no amount of intellectual bullshit can exonerate you.

C’esta la vie

Lal Bazar


In the early 90s, people in downtown Srinagar faced the brunt of Indian military forces’ brutalisation. Downtown or the Old Srinagar has been at the forefront of the Kashmiri struggle for independence since centuries. In fact the first revolt against Dogra in 1864 started in its Zaldagar area.

In 1990s, the rebels found home in the maze of alleys and lanes. The underground movement had massive support in Downtown. Thus the military choked this area with a camp or a bunker at almost every nook and corner. It resembled casbah in Algiers when the Algerian armed struggle to overthrow the French started.

The arsons of Kaw Dara and Noor Bagh in the early nineties saw more than 300 properties summarily burnt down (including homes, schools and shops) shocked people. No one expected this incursion in their daily lives. Fear grew by the day. It forced many to consider leaving downtown — the crucible of Srinagar’s culture — to the outskirts or Lal Bazar.

What academicians would call ‘internal displacement’ due to conflict.

Other factor being the families were getting bigger and thus needed to find more space. Continue reading “Lal Bazar”