Kashmir, Ather Zia, Srinagar, Dogra, India, Pakistan, Critical Kashmir Studies, martyr's graveyard, shrine, Anthropology of Policy, Instagram

this is the historic “martyr’s graveyard” situated in a shrine premises in old Srinagar. it stands testament to how Kashmir’s demand for freedom, and self-determination is older than India and Pakistan that came into being in 1947. it was in 1931 that an uprising started in Kashmir against a despotic ruler from the Dogra dynasty. people protested against the despot’s atrocities and prosecution of one of the leaders of the uprising. the British colonists had sold Kashmir to Dogra rulers for 750,000 Nanak Shahi rupees, 1 horse, 12 goats, and 3 shawls. it is a historic treaty, which included the sale of a territory along with its people. the 100 year of Dogra rule were ruthless. those buried in this graveyard fell to the bullets of the despot during protests. July 13 is observed as the martyr’s day in Kashmir to honor these pioneers of modern resistance movement in Kashmir. – Ather Zia

Image (c) Ather Zia 2016. Originally posted on ASAP Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIsbVWphqaY/?taken-by=anthofpolicy

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