ON HERITAGE

 Iqbal Ahmad

Preserving the cultural identity

Preserving the cultural identity

Kashmiris are a peace loving nation which has got a documented   history of about 6000 years. Archeologists and historians who carry out the study of Kashmir history and culture claim that people of Kashmir is an old nation which, according to them, has a well documented history of 6,000 years. In ancient times   it was […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

‘Bremiji’- The forgotten tree type

‘Bremiji’- The forgotten tree type

One of the most magnificent ancient trees of Kashmir has almost extinguished from its traditional habitats and there is every chance that the tree species might be extinct very soon.

Bremji (Celtis Australis)- is learnt to have been available in few varieties and was mostly grown in the graveyards and also adjacent to Sufi tombs.   It has a slow but natural growth to the extent of a magnificent tree. This tree does not grow tall and rather grows in the umbrella shape and has a […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Exploring the unexplored natural heritage of Kulgam

Exploring the unexplored natural heritage of Kulgam

When one travels towards the west from the historic town of Kulgam, the sights of the lofty peaks greet one’s eyes. But you will find these quite distant from your other travel destination in Kashmir or outside of Kashmir.   These mountain peaks are locally called as ‘Kounsar Kouthra’ (rooms of Kounsar) and remain snow-capped throughout […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Time for picnic- Let’s pollute something!

Time for picnic- Let’s pollute something!

It is the season when people go for excursions and picnics and always prefer spots located adjacent to some flowing kuls and Nallah (streams and rivulets).   The cool, clean and dancing waters of the village streams are breathtaking and particularly so when the temperatures are souring up in the valley.  People, especially those living in […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Forgotten springs

Forgotten springs

Since most of the ancient village springs of Kashmir valley are in utter neglect and at many places supplying polluted water to the villagers, neither the people nor the state authorities are taking any measures to preserve such water sources. There are reports that several of these springs are filled with tree wastes and other […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Is Mughal road really a dangerous one!

Is Mughal road really a dangerous one!

No doubt travels can be exciting, stimulating, thrilling and breathtaking.  And discovering new places, meeting new people and experiencing new   locations often requires an effort to break out of your comfort zone, and, in doing so, travel becomes a learning experience. But some times Travel can also be dangerous, and invites trouble, especially if you […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Forgotten Empires of Kashmir!

Forgotten Empires of Kashmir!

There are several glorious empires which Kashmir history has witnessed and recorded in its annals, but the current collective memory of the people seems to have forgotten a large part of it. One of such forgotten empire is of Karkotas. The first people with local origin who ascended the throne of the land were Karkotas. […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Evidences of Grecio-Buddhist art in Kashmir

Evidences of Grecio-Buddhist art in Kashmir

DURING the occupation of Greeks in North-Western regions of India and Kashmir, a famous school of Grecio-Buddhist art got patronized. This school was initially established by Bactrian-Greeks at Gandhara- modern day Khandhar in 1st century B.C- and was a mixture of Indian and Grecian arts which gave birth to indo- Grecian art which later came […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Preserving little known dialects

Preserving little known dialects

Although the linguistic history of the land is very old but very little is known of its ancient languages. Prakrit, Sanskrit, Persian and Kashmiri are started as its major olden languages while as Kharoshiti Brahmi, Sharda and Arabic were the main scripts used in writing of these languages. It was in latter decades of 19th […]

 Iqbal Ahmad

Celebrating the ‘International Museum Day’

Celebrating the ‘International Museum Day’

The museum movement in Jammu and Kashmir has, more or less, remained out of fashion and very less has been discussed for a long time now. There exist very few museums in public as well as in private sector and the state has not a single Archaeological Site museum till date. Today (18 May) we […]

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