History

This section offers detailed reportage and the analysis of key historical developments of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It includes the economy, the politics, health and the trends in society in historical context and profiles the characters who dominated these developments. This section is usually featuring experts in the field of history.

Kashmir 1835

Carl Alexander Anselm Baron von Hügel (1795-1870), a prominent naturalist from Vienna spent more than five years in India. He spent part good time visiting Kashmir in 1835. Though most of his observations and...

Kashmir 1877

A Bengal Medical Service professional, G C Ross spent some time in Kashmir in 1877. He wrote a couple of write-ups about the life, amenities and governance in the valley, a year later. The...

The Kangri Cancer

Not in so distant past, most of Kashmir lacked resources to even have adequate garments in winters. Kangri, the fire pot was the only warm tool but its overuse was triggering peculiar cancer endemic...

Kashmir’s Plague Story

Plague like many other epidemics got imported into Kashmir. A Mitra, Kashmir’s erstwhile Chief Medical Officer of Kashmir treated the plague-infected and tackled the epidemic for the government in 1903 while keeping a detailed...

A Forgotten Masjid

Son and daughter of Shah Jehan built complete premises for their teacher and spiritual guide on the hills of Kohi Maran within the Mughal city of governance. As historians offer newer details about the...

Raja Sukh Jiwan Mal

Fierce resistance to the Afghan rule in Kashmir was led by a Punjab born Gujarati who adopted Kashmir and Kashmiris and eventually died for it. Read Ajmal Khan Khatak on the rise and fall...

Kabul’s Kashmir Misrule

For almost 66 years, unruly Pathan warlords ruled Kashmir with a hunter in hand and eye on their subjects' purses. There are detailed historical texts explaining the misrule but the plunder was preserved for...

Before The Kabul Retreat

Described as the ‘Graveyard of Empires’, Afghanistan was always termed to be at peace when it was at war. But the land-locked desert country that was always in turmoil and one of the worst...

1885 Earthquake

Kashmir owes a lot to the British doctor duo, the Neve Brothers, the missionaries who were running the Mission Hospital. Here is the first-hand account of Dr Arthur Neve (FRCS), the one who is...
Media-90 Media in 1990 cover story Kashmir

Urdu In Dogra Rule

By the fall of the nineteenth century, Urdu had effectively replaced Persian as the language of the court and emerged as the new lingua franca connecting a diverse Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Nitin Chandel,...

Kashmir’s Botrajas

On the slopes of the Srinagar fort is a cluster of homes that represent the little Hunza in Kashmir. Its emergence is wowen in the region’s tumultuous history, reports Ibtisam Fayaz Khan Mohalla Raja Azur...

Kashmir’s Constitutional Reforms 1939

The assembly in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the many outcomes of the July 13, 1931 massacre. Recommended by a British officer JB Glancy, the initial assembly, the Parja Sabha had more nominated...

The British Babus’

Kashmir history owes a lot to a number of British officers who helped the exploited residents to get certain rights that the East India Company literally denied through the Treaty of Amritsar writes M...

Do You Know When China Formally Got Involved In Kashmir?

by Mohammad Sayeed Malik Even over half a century later question remains unanswered as to why had the Kashmir leader courted trouble by meeting Zhou Enlai despite its too obvious adverse political implications back home. For...

Zaldagar 1865

Kashmir’s first labour unrest, more than 150 years ago, was the outcome of the accumulation of immense exploitation that Kashmir’s working class was subject to by despots and their local clients, reports Masood Hussain When...

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