Our study, Kashmir, A Valley in Darkness, is a humble and unbiased attempt at trying to present Kashmir’s chequered trajectory. What started as a discussion spilled over to exchange of notes over books on Kashmir we were reading at that time. When we paused, we realised there was so much we were not aware of and it struck us that there may be many like us who would like to know more. And what began as a small write-up, transitioned into copious pages of facts and even more facts! Kashmir had engulfed us.
While presenting Kashmir’s story, we have tried to articulate the dreams, the disappointments, the rage and the slivers of hope that have flown through her since antiquity. The people who loved and lost Kashmir are no less enchanting, tied to her forever in spirit. We are indebted to the numerous articles, blogs, research and case studies, and books we read up along the way in trying to understand what makes Kashmir the enigma she is. Truth be said, trying to understand what has happened and is still happening in Kashmir is like working through a labyrinth. One can simply get lost in the avalanche of information available out there. The difference in viewpoints is even more staggering. This is why we have stuck to basic core facts and have peppered our study with links to articles and research material which have guided us and will also offer the reader a chance to dig deeper if he or she is keen to know more.
In our endeavour to be succinct, we have structured our material in such a way that anyone who wants to know about what has happened in Kashmir over the years does not have to begin from Chapter 1 but can instead toggle between topics of interest. For instance, if anyone wants to read up on what contributed to the rise in insurgency in the region, can just jump to the chapter titled “War in Kashmir”.
Kashmir’s story is an evolving one but, most importantly, everyone has his or her own interpretation of it. When we began the project it almost seemed futile to travel down a road which seemed mired in contradictions when it came to opinions. To some, the Kalashnikov-strapped smiling Wani was a sun-kissed poster boy who stood for redemption. To others he was a glorified militant. When we asked a friend about why Pakistan continues to feed terrorism and cannot leave Kashmir alone, he was quick to reply that the “only real heft in this world was economic and the only real opportunity was strategic opportunism,” and that Pakistan’s leadership had chosen the latter and, hence, all its policies flowed from it.
We are thus aware that whichever way one chooses to see it, the alternative and equally authentic narrative cannot and must not be buried. So, if you as a reader do not agree with us we would like to hear from you. You can email us your feedback and rebuttals, if any, at email@example.com.
Like we mentioned before, ours remains a simple attempt at presenting a quick and informative glance at Kashmir’s political and emotional history. We hope we have succeeded in our aim.
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