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  The devastating floods in Kashmir last month has left the children from affected areas in a state of longing – longing for their toys, books, home, and schools that were either swept by the floodwater or submerged. As Kashmir is gradually picking up towards recovery and getting back life together, The Kashmir Walla sent photographer, Muhabit ul Haq, to find out children from these affected villages and towns in Srinagar, Kulgam, Islamabad, and Bandipora districts of the region. The expressions and the locations in these pictures give a detailed account of how life has changed for them.  

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One of the Southern districts of Kashmir Valley, Kulgam, where nine people died in the devastating floods that has claimed more than 300 lives in the whole state so far, has been badly destroyed. This district was one of the first areas that was affected by the floods in the first week of this month. In one of the villages, Kilam Gund, around 40 houses have been completely swept by the floodwater; cutting the roads, changing the paddy fields into water streams filled with cobblestones. The remaining 165 houses in the village are unsafe to live in, locals said. People

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Showing solidarity to Kashmir, students from various universities and activist organizations held a protest demonstration against the killing of six unarmed civilians in Ramban district of Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir. At Jantar Mantar, New Delhi today, the place roared with slogans and support to the ongoing freedom movement of Kashmir. Six unarmed civilians were killed and 45 injured when Indian forces opened fire, in Ramban on Thursday, at a protest demonstration which was against the alleged desecration of Holy Quran by the forces in a local madrassa (seminary). Slogans like “Kashmir ki Galiyan sooni hain, AFSPA khooni hai” (Streets in Kashmir

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Some moments captured from the five day Jaipur Literature Festival- a carnival of literati in India. Being engulfed in a few controversies, with some haunting from last year, the speakers consisting of writers, professors, journalists, artists continued to attract thousands of people on day three and four. By Muhabit ul Haq Jaipur, India Pakistani-British author, Nadeem Aslam Rahul Pandita, Asiya Zahoor and Sidiq Wahid Listeners in the Bhaitak at Diggi Palace M.A. Farooqi, Syeda Hameed and Zakia Zaheer Jeet Thayil, Gagan Gill, Tishani Doshi and Sheniz Janmohamed Booker-Prize nominated author, Jeet Thayil.

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On Jan. 24, 2012, the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival started, with 285 speakers expected to speak in the five day long South-Asia’s major literary event. Muhabit ul Haq brings some of the moments of the day one. Thousands of people visited the festival on the first day, Jan. 24, 2012. Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, speaking at the festival. Film actor, Kabir Bedi. Audience at the festival. Lyricist Javed Akhtar and actor wife Shabana Azmi. Pakistani authors, Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Jamil Ahmed in conversation with Aneesa Syed. International Man Booker Prize 2013 finalists announced.  

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[D]illi/Delhi/Dehli call it by any name and what comes to mind is a salad bowl of cultures, religions, languages and people. The capital of India famous for Mughal architecture, Mosques, Markets and the best it has, the diversity is not just a city but an experience. People from across India and the world come here, some visit the city and some stay here. Once you are here, you can’t miss famous ruins, tombs and qilas spread in the length and breadth of the city. Ghalib’s tomb, Jama Masjid, Sishganj Gurudwara and Sunday book-bazaar in Old Delhi take you to another world

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“No, they won’t let me out of winter, and I’ve promised myself, even if I’m the last snowman, that I’ll ride into spring on their melting shoulders.” – Agha Shahid Ali The winter of Kashmir brings many things to life in the valley. From Harrisa shops to Kangri sellers and buying dried vegetables, all comes to life during harsh winter days. People stay indoors mostly and go out only with proper clothing and keep themselves warm by Kangri or electric heaters. Electricity remains just for a few hours a day. The only connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir gets closed due

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Photos by Muhabit-ul-Haq Though everyone bowed Down before you Saying virtue and wisdom Lit your way Striking gold medals In your honour Glad to have survived another day Do not feel safe. The poet remembers. You can kill one, but Another is born. The words are written Down, the deed, the date. —Czeslaw Milosz Indeed the words are written down, profound, poignant, popular, angry words. The unjust, brutal, inhuman deeds deeply engraved in the memory. The streets of the valley are witness to the resistance; the longing for Azaadi is creatively articulated on the walls, streets, roads and even on

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By Muhabit-ul-Haq Gawri Shri If there was one word to describe why eighty-year old Gawri shri stayed back, it would be love: Motherly love that ignored the ‘orders’ and ‘threats’ of leaving Kashmir in the infamous mass exodus of Kashmiri pundits. She sacrificed a ‘better life’ to fulfill the wish of her son. Behind many ruins of the once flourishing Butt Mohalla in Zaloora Sopore, an old house exists to show the legacy of Kashmiriyat. When Pandits started leaving this village, Muslims tried to persuade them to stay back. However, no one was ready to risk his life. Every Pandit

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Photos by Muhabit-ul-Haq Sonamarg is a popular tourist destination of Kashmir. It is situated at 87 kilometres north-east of Srinagar and at an altitude of 3,000 metres above sea level.  Sonamarg means ‘meadow of gold’. It has snow-capped mountains against a cerulean sky. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier which is a major attraction during the summer months. From Sonamarg, trekking routes lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar, Krishnasar and Gangabal. Other lakes in the region are Gadsar, stocked with snow-trout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers. Baltal, another attraction

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