Maqbool Bhat's legendary figure far exceeds his small village in Trehgam Kupwara, however, people in his village retain only a handful of his memories and the young remember what has been handed out through anecdotes, Nayeem Rather reports.
In this second and final part of our cover story on Maqbool Bhat, we trace his struggles in Pakistan, the controversial Ganga Hijacking, the subsequent political subterfuge, his trail and jail term in Pakistan and his final cross over to Indian held Kashmir and his eventual hanging by the Indian government.
The dominant story told about Kashmir's origin has often remained uncontested and almost authoritative. In this essay, Mohamad Junaid retells - in a fascinating fashion - the origin story of Kashmir; and offers a fresh and unique perspective of those who had been made invisible.
Not much is known of Maqbool’s political life and all we hear about Maqbool are paeans following his hanging by the Indian government in February 1984. What shaped Maqbool’s thought and lead him to follow his political goals right to the end are seldom talked and debated about. In this two-part, and over a 15,000-word long essay, Wande Magazine brings together the life and times of Maqbool Bhat, the father of Kashmir’s Independence movement.