22 June, 2021

The Defiant Fire-Dwellers

As the bodycount creeps up, Kashmir’s agitation adapts to abnormal times

Protesters at the Srinagar offices of the UN Military Observer Group
Photograph by Getty Images
The Defiant Fire-Dwellers

Death  Toll

  • Anantnag: 20
  • Kulgam: 12
  • Shopian: 7
  • Pulwama: 9
  • Srinagar: 6
  • Kupwara: 5
  • Baramulla: 2
  • Budgam: 6


On a normal day, Chanapora, the main road in uptown Srinagar leading to Lal Chowk, is choked with extented shop fronts, knots of hawkers, vehicles in several snaking lines and a bustling crush of pedestrians. Crossing this stretch usually meanas an exasperating crawl. Today, however, this wide thoroughfare is absolutely deserted; actually, it has been like this for the past 40 days, as have most other roads in Kashmir.

All these days, the Kashmir Valley has been in the vice-like grip of a curfew that has turned it into a still-life painting of desolation. The agitation that began after the killing of Burhan Wani...

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