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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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The year 2008 was not much good for journalists as they had to work in tough situations and more roughness was added by the restrictions imposed by the government. Curfew passes were cancelled, even when a senior journalist came out from his home to get his new curfew pass as it was announced on Radio he was beaten up. Another incident was when a local journalist was asked by Central Reserve Police Forces ‘why is he moving in curfew?’ And as he told them he has a curfew pass he was asked to show it. He showed and the CRPF

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Spinning wheel in Kashmir is an old practice whereby women would remain indoors and earn meagre amount to sustain livelihood. Over the years, this form of labour has declined due to increase in prices of raw wool. Those in the practice say the prices of Pashmina yarn is still the same as was decades back; and thus with the result, the number of women involved in spinning of wool in the Valley had also decreased considerably. Sameer Ashraf freezes some of the moments of a woman with her spinning wheel.

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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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Unlike last year, the Kashmir Valley did not erupt in protests this year but there have been some killings, fake encounters, custodial killings, “rape”, arrests, amnesty to stone throwers, bars on journalists, beating of journalists, militant attacks, grenade explosions, infiltration bids, assassination, reports on unmarked graves- and yet it seems the Valley is peaceful. Faisal Khan, a photojournalist from Kashmir, comes up with some shots of Kashmir situation. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men watch demonstrators (not in picture) during protests in the hot bed, Maisuma, Srinagar on April 29 2011, against the arrest of a local youth by police

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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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  This large landscape welcomes you to Bungus Valley. Bungus is a bowl shaped valley, situated in the northern border district of Kashmir, Kupwara in Handwara area at 10,000 feet above sea level. A 300 Sq. Kms valley, Bungus can be a developed as a tourist place in Kashmir, but it lacks the concern of the administration. No road connectivity. Army restricted zone. Photos and text by Muhabit-ul-Haq.   The road to Radha. To reach Bungus you have to go to Radha through any vehicle which is 40 Kms from main town Handwara. After Radha there is no road to

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This photo feature has some of the snow-capped moments of Gulmarg Snow Festival 2011 frozen by freelance photo-journalist, Muhabit-ul-Haq. The two day snow festival was organized by the Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir. Several teams and individuals participated in snow base-ball, snow rugby, snow cycling, ice-skating, skiing and snowboarding. Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) is a town, a hill station and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located 52 kilometers from Srinagar. It has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who would visit

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This feature has some paintings of Iram Razzaq by which she “wants to express the pain of people”. They are published in this website after she submitted them and wrote the text herself particularly for this feature. She is an Painting artist from Pakistan-administered-Kashmir and is currently settled in United Kingdom. [Ideas and opinions expressed, details mentioned are completely authors’ own.] This paintings depicts the incidents of violence and cruelty in Kashmir in summer 2010. Indian armed forces acted with hundreds of brutal civilian killings of mostly youths. Between this a young boy was hit by a marble shot in

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Kashmir speaks itself of its beauty and natural ornaments. There are many places which are yet to be visited by many people or we can say urban human eye didn’t reach there yet. A place, a village of Kashmir valley, Weavan is a far flung area where none of the droplets from state-budget-ocean could be sprinkled. The pictures below are taken by a young freelance photojournalist, Muhabit-ul-Haq in December 2010 when he visited the village. Text by Fahad Shah. Small mud-wooden huts between some haystacks on the end of hill welcome you to the Village, Weavan— 32 kms away from

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