Graffitti: The Art Of Resistance

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 shutters of shops. Written by anonymous people who are registering their protest in a non-violent way, pro-freedom graffiti has kept the sentiment alive. Even as the mainstream media talks about relative ‘peace’, tourists thronging the valley, ‘the turning of a new leaf’, the blue, black and bold letters of the graffiti assert that-if the propaganda of peace will go on, so will the revolution. —by Preetika Nanda.


Graffiti: “Shaeed (martyr) Tufail Matto, 11 June 2010, killed by Indian Army”


Graffiti: “Azadi” (freedom)


Graffiti: “No Pakistan We Want Freedom, America The Real Terrorist, We Want Freedom, Free Kashmir Free Palestine”


Graffiti: “My Late Friend Abrar Ah. Khan Are (is) Killed In Maisuma, My Late Friend(s) Are Killed In Dalgate, Iniyat Ah. Khan, Love U (You) Martrys”


Graffiti: “Go India Go” (An army vehicle is parked infront of the graffiti)


Graffiti (in urdu): “Shaheed Ki Jo Maut Hai Woh Quam Ki Hayaat Hai” [Death (sacrifice) of a martyr is life of a nation
Graffiti: “Go India Go”


Graffiti: “I Protest”

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