Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What has changed in Kashmir since 35 years ago?

Ramachandra Guha on Kashmir:

  • “….indeed another side to the Valley, that manifested itself in the industry and enterprise of peasants and craftspeople. Travelling through the countryside, Bhatt met kesar (saffron) farmers who made a good living from the cultivation and export of the spice. Other landholders profitably grew fruit and vegetables. Meanwhile, his fellow Gandhians were actively promoting silk cultivation and sheep-rearing. One outfit of the Khadi and Gramodyog Commission claimed an annual turnover of Rs 20 lakh (a considerable sum back in 1973). Then there were the cottage industries carpentry, the making of cricket bats, shawl weaving, etc. — all of which seemed to be in fine shape.

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