International Women’s Day marking the plight and feats of women across globe reflects the ‘larger reality’ of women in Kashmir. Themed this year around “Planet 50-50 by 2030”, the United Nations-backed event celebrated women’s rights in more than 40 countries. In Kashmir, Bilal Bahadur compiles different fairer hues and moods
Such scenes make galore and yet go unnoticed. A section of Kashmiri women hitting streets daily with loaded wicker on their heads talk about a different struggle, a different battle for survival.
Even our farmlands aren’t devoid of fairer presence, thus making the bedrock of our existence clear.
And when it comes to play their role in male-dominated fields, Kashmiri women chip in with their stunning performances.
Look at this woman! The frame speaks about the struggle for the survival – something, which Kashmiri women have demonstrated time and again.
But then, not all struggles are visible outside the walls.
And we know, who runs our homes and hearths.
But when it matters, they never dread to come out to express their ‘blazing’ rage.
And they surely know their madness behind their street method.
The writing on the banners says it all.
And then, there is this mother and her struggle…
And this women and her routine.
Before finding herself surrounded with spring, Kashmiri woman knows: what it means to prepare ground for one.
Basking under the sun for a different reason.