Kashmiris have looked down upon the pigeon keepers, who would pet the bird as a hobby and are locally known as Ko’tarbaaz. Over the decades, Ko’tarbaaz have been trying to make their place in Kashmiri society but couldn’t change the perspective of the majority.
Two back-to-back lockdowns, initially prompted by the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s limited autonomy in August 2019, and then by COVID-19 in March 2020, the pigeon seller said, have helped the sales as people looked for pets to “pass their time”.
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