2013 through the Lens

As the year comes to an end Kashmir Life photojournalist Bilal Bahadur takes a look back through his lens and gives us some of the images that made news in 2013. Captioned by Tasavur Mushtaq.

  FREED FINALLY: Police ended 236- day long siege of senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. With dismantling of bunker outside his Hyderpora residence, Geelani launched public meetings, though administration made his visits selective by putting restrictions.
FREED FINALLY: Police ended 236- day long siege of senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. With dismantling of bunker outside his Hyderpora residence, Geelani launched public meetings, though administration made his visits selective by putting restrictions.a
POWER WALK: As Kashmir was reeling under curfew, it still did not freeze life. This picture shows a woman traveler on way home at a time when Kashmir was under curfew during the month of fasting.
POWER WALK: As Kashmir was reeling under curfew, it still did not freeze life. This picture shows a woman traveler on way home at a time when Kashmir was under curfew during the month of fasting.
MOTHER’S STRUGGLE: Even after 29 years, mother of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat is still hopeful to have her son’s remains back. Every year on February 11, she registers her protest and eventually lands in police vehicle.
MOTHER’S STRUGGLE: Even after 29 years, mother of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat is still hopeful to have her son’s remains back. Every year on February 11, she registers her protest and eventually lands in police vehicle.
MOURNINGS FOREVER: The martyrs of Karbala are being remembered every year and mournings continue for one month. The picture shows how the darkness all around collaborate the feelings.
MOURNINGS FOREVER: The martyrs of Karbala are being remembered every year and mournings continue for one month. The picture shows how the darkness all around collaborate the feelings.
SURRENDERING HOME: When government announced rehabilitation package for militants who stayed in PoK, many came back, but regretted. A family tried to go back, but was arrested at Keran.
SURRENDERING HOME: When government announced rehabilitation package for militants who stayed in PoK, many came back, but regretted. A family tried to go back, but was arrested at Keran.
DEADLY ATTACK: It was for the first time in last many years that militants struck in Heart of city which resulted in heavy casualty and also a set back to Omar Abdullah’s demand of revoking AFSPA from selected parts of the state.
DEADLY ATTACK: It was for the first time in last many years that militants struck in Heart of city which resulted in heavy casualty and also a set back to Omar Abdullah’s demand of revoking AFSPA from selected parts of the state.
BOLLYWOOD RETURNS: Asia’s largest Tulip Garden has become a major attraction for tourists as well as people from Bollywood. A sequence for Mahabarta serial was shot in the garden when it was in full bloom.
BOLLYWOOD RETURNS: Asia’s largest Tulip Garden has become a major attraction for tourists as well as people from Bollywood. A sequence for Mahabarta serial was shot in the garden when it was in full bloom.
INNOCENT SOULS: The valley these years has seen considerable increase in number of orphans, so is the homes for them. When Ramadhan comes, they are centre of attention. In picture the group of children waiting to break their fast.
INNOCENT SOULS: The valley these years has seen considerable increase in number of orphans, so is the homes for them. When Ramadhan comes, they are centre of attention. In picture the group of children waiting to break their fast.
LOST VALUES: A teacher responsible for shaping the future of society is doing otherwise. The picture displays how students are being treated where government claims education to be its  ‘priority sector’.
LOST VALUES: A teacher responsible for shaping the future of society is doing otherwise. The picture displays how students are being treated where government claims education to be its ‘priority sector’.
 CULTURAL DISPLAY: Cultural shows are now restricted to State functions. A group of girls display the art of being in unison on the eve of August 15th in Srinagar’s Bakhshi Stadium.
CULTURAL DISPLAY: Cultural shows are now restricted to State functions. A group of girls display the art of being in unison on the eve of August 15th in Srinagar’s Bakhshi Stadium.
SHROUDED SILENCE: In central Kashmir’s Kangan five militants were killed when they were on their way to mainland. The group was incepted by the army who had planted a land mine that killed all five.
SHROUDED SILENCE: In central Kashmir’s Kangan five militants were killed when they were on their way to mainland. The group was incepted by the army who had planted a land mine that killed all five.
INTEGRATING YOUTH: As the employment crisis is brewing in state, youth find it comfortable to join paramilitary forces. In picture is the physical test conducted prior to the formal recruitment.
INTEGRATING YOUTH: As the employment crisis is brewing in state, youth find it comfortable to join paramilitary forces. In picture is the physical test conducted prior to the formal recruitment.
DESOLATE STREETS: As the news of hanging of Afzal Guru broke out, valley was put under siege. The otherwise busy Ganta Ghar (clock tower) presented a deserted look and the mood of Kashmir( Picture Abid Bhat)
DESOLATE STREETS: As the news of hanging of Afzal Guru broke out, valley was put under siege. The otherwise busy Ganta Ghar (clock tower) presented a deserted look and the mood of Kashmir( Picture Abid Bhat)
FIGHT WITHIN: Priests who normally talk about brotherhood and peace were caught surprisingly fighting with each other in Srinagar. Verbal duels apart, they  even caught each others collars and hurled choicest abuses.
FIGHT WITHIN: Priests who normally talk about brotherhood and peace were caught surprisingly fighting with each other in Srinagar. Verbal duels apart, they even caught each others collars and hurled choicest abuses.
DETECTING GRAVES: July 13, the martyrs day is celebrated to pay homage to people who sacrificed their lives to fight oppression. Years after their graves are being checked to have safe passage for dignitaries who talk about their sacrifices.
DETECTING GRAVES: July 13, the martyrs day is celebrated to pay homage to people who sacrificed their lives to fight oppression. Years after their graves are being checked to have safe passage for dignitaries who talk about their sacrifices.
FAITH HEALING: When police caught hold of rapist darwesh Gulzar ‘Peer’, his followers reacted. Though the number of female followers outnumbered males, police came into action and swept out them when they protested in Srinagar’s press enclave.
FAITH HEALING: When police caught hold of rapist darwesh Gulzar ‘Peer’, his followers reacted. Though the number of female followers outnumbered males, police came into action and swept out them when they protested in Srinagar’s press enclave.

 

 

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