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The Gilded Cage: Kashmir In Winter Of An Apocalypse

‘Normal’ is not a state of life in the Kashmir valley. It’s a shiny factoid woven into every movement, manufactured in a post-truth world.

The Gilded Cage: Kashmir In Winter Of An Apocalypse
The Gilded Cage: Kashmir In Winter Of An Apocalypse Photographs: Chinki Sinha

After two years of struggling with the viral apocalypse, an oft-asked que­stion these days is—will the world ever return to normalcy? Normalcy, though relative, is the state of being usual, typical or expected. For Kashmir, what is normalcy beyond the viral apocalypse? The bigger question for Kashmir would also be if the pan­de­mic is the real apocalypse? And if, the apo­c­­alypse that is real in Kashmir, can ever end, even after the pandemic does.

For Kashmiris, normalcy has ceased its relati­o­nship with the comfort or discomfort of routi­nes. It is not in the life beyond social distancing, jostling for the piping hot bread from the corner bakery or that cup of tea from the roadside stall. It is not going out or staying inside with or wit­h­out the mask. It is not the laidback joys or tribulations of everyday.

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