A brief conversation with the lake’s residents reveals the catastrophic changes caused by a year of clampdown and lockdown due to the August 2019 decisions and the COVID-19 pandemic respectively. But is this the end of Dal Lake's economy as we know it?
The Khan family has lived up to the reputation, passing on these “supernatural” skills down the generations. Groomed to head the family business since childhood, Mr. Khan is today the fifth generation waaz’e to head the team of the devils dedicated to the art of making the wazwan.
Since the abolition of the SHG scheme, Mr. Bashir said he has been constantly thinking about his future. “I left a good job outside Kashmir and came back home for employment but it was of no use,” he said.
The constant pressure caused by either moral policing or militarization has left her not only constricted to her home but has also affected her mental well-being, pushing her to overthink every time before doing things.