In this piece Waseem Ahad examines one video story, capturing the pastoral beauty of his native village and at the same time erasing the realities which fuel social life here, to highlight the internalization of the ‘beauty’ trope by the people of Kashmir as an exemplar of symbolic violence.
Children are the worst sufferers of the ongoing conflict in Kashmir, advocate G.N Khan writes. The killing of an 11-year-old Owais on an election day opens up the question of how many more kids will die before Kashmir emerges out of the morass of conflict and death.
The essay by Amrita Sharma and Peerzada Raoof is a compilation of some everyday practices and thoughts that make the Kashmiri resistance today. A selection of a few encounters and events, this effort is part of an ethnographic project in progress. The essay is a product of deliberations sparked off after massive street protests by women in the valley earlier last year and the public reprimand issued to them.
Attics are a unique Kashmiri architectural invention. To keep off discarded household items or as a personal museum of house members, attics serve different purposes in Kashmiri household, explains Towfeeq Wani.
In this piece, the author has a conversation with friends from India about childhood memories. The author talks about how she has very few fond memories as she can only remember living in a state of constant fear while growing up in Kashmir.