Statements from the Lost Kashmiri History Project to the media and public at large.
Press Release 1 (21/01/2017)
A few years ago, three young Kashmiris came together to start a small effort. It was an effort to document history that has gone untold for the new generation of Kashmiris.
Gaw Kadal Massacre, one of the bloodiest massacres in the twentieth century was isolated from the history in our school books. Like many other bloodiest days in Kashmir, our history was selective to establish a certain narrative of a status quo.
The occupation and oppression thrives on the forgetfulness of the oppressed. From our history of resistance that starts centuries ago in 1586 to the current times, must not be forgotten.
A small initiative, an effort became a movement of memory. From the oral history passed down to us by our ancestors to the scribbles in the prisons of Kashmir, this movement attempted to find and recover the history.
Our efforts have a long way to go, to fulfil our dream of having the real, decolonised history of Kashmir. It’s because of our readers appreciation, that we find strength.
On this 27th anniversary of Gaw Kadal Massacre, Lost Kashmiri History becomes a web-based-platform. It’s our tribute to the people of Kashmir, and those heroes who enrich our history and identity.
We are an independently run research based educational and research platform. The goal of our platform is to enable researchers, academicians and most of all people of Kashmir to discover their roots.
We are also a crowdsource platform, for which we would appreciate your contributions through articles, artwork, photographs, archives, books and any other documented form of our history.
We want to thank many of our unsung supporters, who have always been there with their advice and contributions
We thank you all. We hope that this movement becomes bigger with your and our efforts together.
– Team Lost Kashmiri History