Since the last two years, an uneasy silence — perhaps easily mistaken for peace — has taken over Kashmir. Several detentions and raids later, many institutions — voice by voice — have come down crumbling to pressure.
As indicated by the sudden spike in the number of infections and deaths being reported in March, a second wave of the pandemic has begun in Kashmir, threatening to overwhelm Kashmir’s fragile healthcare system.
At a time when many voices fell silent with the unilateral abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s limited-autonomy in August 2019, Saima Choudhary’s instinct was...
Cannabis is in Kashmir’s cultural discourse, historically; the rampant heroin addiction is more recent and with dangerous repercussions. Heroin, is a highly-addictive drug, is not locally produced, officials said. The Kashmir Walla follows the trail and the shift.
“Who knew in the 1990s that guns would come? Now, you don't know what is coming; it would be more than 2008, 2010, and 2016 [a reference to civilian uprisings in the Valley]. Either today or tomorrow, people will burst.”
Where the unionists had risked being marginalised if they boycotted the elections; having participated and won a major chunk of the seats, they have given their tacit approval to the post-abrogation dynamics even as the reversal of the abrogation is its rallying cry.
In the ongoing elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and other prevention protocols have taken a backseat as priorities have shifted to politics.
For decades, Chopan has lived and then worked on these lands that his father also toiled upon. “We have not stolen these lands overnight,” he said. “There is a large apple orchard there, about 250 trees that are three decades old.”
Kashmir is heading towards the election after a political winter of two years, however, not much has changed with the star-campaigners on the ground with rhetoric, candidates alleging administration’s bias, and fear of not only the militants but also the authorities itself.
The Kashmir Walla spoke with several unionists, candidates on the ground, and observers to analyze if the DDC poll restricts the political ambitions in Kashmir to issues of water and repairing drains or is this actually the fight for the existence of unionists.