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Mother of Mohammad Maqbool Butt at her house in Trehgam village, Northern Kashmir. Trehgam, North Kashmir The mother of pro-independence leader, Mohammad Maqbool Butt, who was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail, believes that the hanging of Afzal Guru will have an impact on the young generation of Kashmir. In her single storey house at Trehgam village of Northern Kashmir, she said that the sacrifices don’t go waste. “Both Maqbool sahib and Guru sahib were innocent and on right path. India thinks that this freedom movement will stop by doing this but this won’t stop. It will continue. There

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Sopore, Indian-Controlled Kashmir: He steps in the room and looks around. This was his father’s room. Calm and composed, thirteen-year-old Ghalib Guru, the only son of Mohammad Afzal Guru, says he is proud of his father for sacrificing his life for Kashmir like Bhagat Singh did for India. Ghalib is in class 8th. He used to meet his father once a year for last twelve years since he was one year old. During the jail meetings his father would tell him to become ‘aaelim’ (scholar). “My father used to tell me to become scholar but I would tell him that I

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The members of the Pragaash band. Photograph by Shuaib Masoodi for The Indian Express In Kashmir- a disputed region, the first girls’ rock band performed in public during a “Battle of Bands”, in the capital city Srinagar, on December 22, 2012- hosting different local bands. Two days after the performance, the band members started receiving threats and abuses on social networking sites. Since then they have remained away from the public glare and have been told by their families not to talk about music anymore. The band named Pragaash meaning “from darkness to light” in Kashmiri, has Farah Deeba as

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