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.

The Nehru ‘Trial’

After 75 years of Jammu and Kashmir’s accession, the ruling BJP is holding Independent India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru of a series of “blunders” on Kashmir. Initiated by Law and Justice Minister,...

The Life Romance

A set of photographs showing the Srinagar romance of a couple – an American pilot and a British hostess, has been in circulation for years ever since the internet offered windows of the region’s...

Kashmir Gems

The costliest and most fascinating Sapphire from Padder Mountains continues to remain unmatched across the globe. Though the mining is halted for more than half a century, the stones recovered earlier continue to keep...

A Battle for Schooling Kashmir

The Christian missionaries had to fight a despotic ruler, a superstitious society and a looter bureaucracy for a long time before they succeeded in making basic schooling possible in Srinagar late nineteenth century, read...

Kashmir’s Khadims’

In Kashmir’s last two centuries, history has recorded two Khadim’s who contributed in different fields. One Khadim was the scion of a migrant family from Hard Shiva living in Sialkot and another was a...

Schooling In 1947

Educational institutions have existed in Kashmir in all eras for the last many centuries. However, they were less accessible to certain people in some regimes in the recent past. In this detailed narrative, accessed...

Moorcroft’s Kashmir Days

East India Company’s veterinarian and stud manager, William Moorcroft is the most referred author about early nineteenth century Kashmir. While living in Srinagar between November 1822 and December 1823, he remained busy interacting with...

Subhan Hajam: Kashmir Barber Who Decimated Prostitution

When Kashmir's despots pushed women into prostitution to improve their tax kitty, a barber sacrificed almost everything in his crusade against the flesh trade. After paying huge personal costs, he finally managed a ban....

Trout Take Off In Kashmir

Introducing trout was one of the many contributions that Raj made during Kashmir’s darkest era in the nineteenth century. Offering details of how the rare fiat was achieved, fish breeder FJ Mitchell also gives...

Subhan Hajam’s Legendary Battle

As singing got into dancing and the nautch into prostitution, the Kashmir governor’s in Sikh and Dogra eras saw pleasure and money in the business of induced culture. It was only after a modest...
An 1870 photograph showing the famed Kashmir Nautch Girls in a group photograph.

Srinagar 1868

An Assistant Surgeon in Her Majesty’s 36th Foot, John Frederick Foster (1839-1869) spent almost a quarter in 1868 summer in Kashmir, primarily for health reasons. A year later, he was on his way to...

South Kashmir 1868

An Assistant Surgeon in Her Majesty’s 36th Foot, John Frederick Foster (1839-1869) spent almost a quarter in 1868 summer in Kashmir, primarily for health reasons. A year later, he was on his way to...

Haider Dughlat: Kashmir’s Kazakh Ruler

Had Babur’s cousin, Mirza Haider Dughlat not invaded Kashmir, the central Asian and Mughal history would have been less understood, nearly half a millennium after he was assassinated in Budgam after slightly over a...

The GMC I Know

Leading gastroenterologist and researcher, Dr M Sultan Khuroo entered the Government Medical College, Srinagar, in its fourth batch in 1962. In this write-up, he details the college’s social and knowledge life and traces some...

Kashmir’s Manto

A literary genius, Saadat Hasan Manto was born to a trader family that had migrated to Punjab during Sikh rule. Even though the greatest short story writer never visited Kashmir, the fact is that...

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