#Day24: Srinagar, The ‘City of Graffito’

Muhammad Raafi


KL Images: Bilal Bahadur
KL Images: Bilal Bahadur

With the killing of popular militant commander Burhan Wani on 8th of July this year, the historic Srinagar city in Kashmir has turned into a “graffito city”.

The united resistance leadership, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, which is spear heading the current uprising in its fresh protest calendar had asked people to paint “pro-freedom” graffiti on roads, walls and shop shutters.

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Though the graffito existed in the city earlier as well, however, their numbers have increased since the new wave of uprising.

Across all the streets, shop shutters, pavements, walls and bus stops one comes across numerous graffito.

The major graffiti nowadays is “Burhan our Hero” “Burhan still alive” “The legend Burhan” which has decorated almost on every nook and corner of the Srinagar streets.

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Graffito eulogising “resistance, Azaadi and Pakistan” has come up at many places in Srinagar.

Even as most parts of Srinagar and other districts have been under strict restrictions since Saturday, wall writings have not stopped.

Following the Hurriyat call, “pro-Aazadi” graffiti emerged on the walls, road and shop shutters in the market of village Trehgam of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

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When curfew was relaxed on Monday evening, people were caught by surprise to see scores of graffiti inscribed on available spaces.

In the meanwhile, a candle light March was organized in the village this evening. The participants raised pro-freedom slogans.

Graffiti have been painted across Kashmir. Kashmiris have found new art of dissent to express their anger.

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In South Kashmir’s Islamabad, graffiti have come cross the region, similar is the case in North Kashmir with majority of graffiti in Sopore.

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