I Went to Kashmir After Its Autonomy Was Revoked

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  1. Sage says:

    My oldest daughter was in Kashmir, spending a month on a houseboat on Lake Dal, when the crackdown happened. I couldn’t reach her for 10 horribly long and agonizing days. All the US Embassy could tell me was to keep trying to reach her and tell her to leave. Um, there were no landline phones, no cell service, and no Internet, so not sure how I was supposed to do that. Gee, thanks. Fortunately, she was able to leave safely, but I aged about a decade in those ten days. And, I know her heart breaks for the Kashmiri people she met during her month there.

    • Teja says:

      Oh my God! I can’t imagine how my mother would react if we had gone just a few weeks earlier. I was actually surprised over how calm she was when I did go.

      When I was there, the Kashmiris begged us to speak for them. They scan the newspapers for UN summits about their issue. They seek feedback on how they can make themselves better known as people, show they are not terrorists and just like everyone else. Because ultimately, I will leave.

      Aside from a few of the more politically savvy younger people, they are genuinely perplexed why other countries don’t seem to get why they want to manage their own affairs. Most of the people live simply, and still think in these straightforward terms. These folk are convinced India wants their beautiful mountains for their beauty – rather than the more probable hydropower and gemstone lodes and zinc deposits.

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