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.
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.
The essay by Khushdeep Kaur Malhotra begins to fore the narratives of Kashmiri Sikh women following a gruesome massacre of Sikhs in Chittisinghpora in 2000. The essay attempts to integrate the experience of the militarization of Kashmiri Sikh women with the dominant narrative of Kashmiri Muslim women and argues for creating space for Sikh Women in Kashmiri discourses.
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.