Kashmir, 5th August 2019


This is my account of the situation in Kashmir. I am writing this because what I experienced and saw bears no resemblance to the narrative pushed by the Indian and international media.

I arrived with my sister in Srinagar on the morning of the 1stof August. Having grown up in Kashmir, I didn’t blink when the tourist desk in the airport was shut or think twice about the military presence, this had become a norm. My parents came to pick us up from the airport and driving home, I did notice a larger presence of heavily armed military, in what is already the most militarised zone in the world, than my previous visits but as such, things were relatively peaceful[1]. It is the peak of the tourist season, the pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra are visiting in their thousands and with Eid and the wedding season just…

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