Kashmiri Hindus – On the Verge of Extinction

The Government should declare us a critically endangered species like the Hangul (Kashmiri Stag) and put us in a reserve. After all, amongst other names, Muslims also called us Hanguls and just like the Hangul, we have been hunted down for centuries and are now battling for our survival.

The burden Of Brotherhood

While I continued to hold on to my values of assimilation, accommodation and respect for all faiths, I was given 3 choices in 1990 – Convert, Flee or Die! I fled but I still held on to the values that were so deeply ingrained in me. And then in 1992, everything went up in smoke. The orchard was vandalized, trees were cut down and the house was set on fire by the same neighbors I had so much faith in.

Khech Mavas

Khichdi Amavasya (KhechMavas) Khichdi Amavasya is an ancient winter ritual of the Kashmiri Pandits and is celebrated on Posh Krishna Paksh Amavasya, in local...

aah-o-fugaan-e-Chinar

Much has been said and written about Kashmir, and how this firdaus was turned into a dozakh for its very own people, and how...

Kashmir – My Lost Paradise

This is the story of my village, my home and my paradise that is no longer mine. A quiet and peaceful valley was transformed into the inferno it is today. From the Sufi culture of the early 50s and 60s to the Sharia culture , the entire social fabric of the valley changed drastically. Whenever people would ask me what I would do after retirement, I never had to think twice before replying that I will go and rest under my chinar. But look at my misfortune, both my Paradise and the Chinar are lost for me. Curse be upon Pakistan and it’s cahoots in the valley for having directed their guns at us and put us to flight. My home was lost forever and so was my Paradise.