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The Kashmiri Articles of Trust died a long time ago

My most childhood memories of Kashmir are of a beautiful azure sky, snow-capped Himalayas, climbing trees in fruit orchards, lush green valleys, sweet water springs, and Popular tree-lined avenues.

Kashmir was about walking down Chinar ( maple) laden roads in fall, dragging my feet to carry as many as possible in my stride. It was about making snowmen when we got buried feet deep in powder for months with no electricity, heating our frozen hands over a warm wood Bukhari ( a wood-burning stove) and mouth-watering Kashmiri food. It was also about a strange unexplained fear of the unknown. The surface was warm. We lived in deeply divided undercurrents. The divide was deep, yet the fissures were shielded in the sweet coat of “Kashmiriyat”. Kashmiriyat is the name given to the cultural values of Kashmir. When the subcontinent was divided by the British on the basis of religion, Jammu and Kashmir decided to be an independent country. The social consciousness of the common Kashmiri is to pre…