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The internet is obsessed with comparing stuff. The psychological effects of this kind of stuff is altogether a different story, but the business is running at an all-time high. The traffic is flowing in, and people are getting indulged in all ‘Gen Z’ challenges with all their time available. From one of the initial player, Ice Bucket Challenge, to the latest, literally — ‘breath-taking’ — Bird-Box challenge, the internet has a new viral in the market — #10YearsChallenge — where netizens are sharing the picture from 2009, and comparing it with the latest picture from 2019.

Flying from personal to political, the humor is taking dark-side. A few netizens have used #10YearsChallenge to highlight the plight of society. Walking into the shoes of the current trend, The Kashmir Walla has compiled a list of some events, showcasing what changed for Kashmir valley in the last ten years.

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Shopian double rape and murder case: On 29 May 2009, two young women, Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Neelofar (22), married to Shakeel Ahmad Ahanger, went missing in the evening. On the following morning, they were found dead near the Rambiara Nala by a team of cops along with Shakeel; leaving behind his barely 2-year-old son, Suzain.

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Pandit’s houses standing alone, still empty: Empty broken glasses, staring through the peep-holes, the houses in Haal, Shopian longs for the Pandit families to come back.

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Tufail Mattoo: The spark that ignites 2010 civilian uprising: On 11 June 2010, 17-year-old Tufail Mattoo lost his life when a tear-gas shell pierced through his head, sparking the infamous 2010 civilian uprising.

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Houses, still going down: In a society like Kashmir, the families save money their entire life to raise four walls around them — one ‘collateral damage’ — all gone.

Hartal and JRL: never ending love story: Whether it a visit of an Indian politician to Kashmir or killing of a civilian, the form of protest is hartal

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The shift in childhood toys: From swinging a bat to stones, and sometimes a gun, the significant wave shift among youth is alarming.

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The fear is dead’: In contrast to 10 years back, when civilians used to run away from gunfights, now, they are holding the forefront.

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PDD: Decade of Darkness: Struggling through the unavailability of electricity, the valley has spent a decade in darkness.

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From shines to blinds, Kashmir going dark: Forced by tear-gas smoke to leave the house, the pellets, fired by government forces, waited for 18-month-old Hiba, in her mother’s arms.

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From eyes to cameras: The internet and smartphone wave has taken Kashmiri youth by storm. Running through the eye-witnesses of funerals, now in the age of social media, the focus is only on camera angles.

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Ram Bagh flyover: 9th wonder of world: Announced in 2009, expected by 2012, the work started in 2013, and still no word on completion.

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