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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Over the many decades, many non-Kashmiris who have zero Kashmiri experience, have written songs, novels, articles and even books. Most of this literature and art, turns out to be culturally appropriating Kashmiris, and their culture of resistance.
After careful research, and consistent trolling, here are few things you must consider before writing about Kashmir or its people. Continue reading “How to write Kashmir”
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”
What does an Apocalyptic Kashmiri think of Trump and the Tughlaqesque Modi.
Last night when India’s Prime Minister Modi rendered 500 & 1000 rupee notes useless. Apparently this is being done to check black money influx in the Indian Economy. A very Tughlaqesque initiative.
In Kashmir, like every other big event. People see it as the end. With people making frantic calls about this ‘atomic bomb’ being unleashed, the consequences unforeseen. Everyone has turned into an economist. Continue reading “Trump and the Apocalyptic Kashmiri”