Zette is the reportage section of Wande Magazine. Zette is a Kashmiri word for lighting up a Kanger. The idea of reportage is that a report reaches a certain audience and that audience may take it forward. Taking it forward means that if someone is an academic and if they read a good report, they will incorporate that report in their future work. In the same way as Zette works, we lit the Kanger with Zette and then it can go on and on. Zette section carries long form, research based, narrative pieces on politics, culture, society, art and all things Kashmiri.
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.
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.
Seer Hamdan is a village in Anantnag district of Kashmir where Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims have not allowed religion to contest their belongingness to shared spaces and symbols. The photo-story captures the voices of the villagers and symbols of communal harmony amongst them.
The killing of eighteen-year-old Adil Ahmad Yadoo after an armed forces vehicle mowed him down in Srinagar has left his already impoverished family in deep shock and uncertain for the life ahead. Bilal Ahmad's photo story captures some of the profound elements of a family in grief.