Making Art In The World’s Most Militarised Region

As India moves to revoke the special status given to Kashmir, many fear of unrest in the world’s most militarised zone. This report profiles a handful of the region’s artists striving to live and create.

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Lying between Pakistan and India, Jammu and Kashmir has felt like a battleground for nearly 3 decades, home to an estimated 700,000 soldiers. It is a place of tear gas and gunfire, of rape and abductions, but also of beauty. “When you face these situations, you feel compelled to act”, says poet Zeeshan Jaipuri. “You feel compelled to write.” Four artists ruminate on the place of the pen and paintbrush in a violent world.

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