After the Dalai Lama’s move to India, Tibetan Muslims were afraid of losing religious freedom under China’s communist rule, so they were repatriated to Kashmir. Though they have Kashmiri surnames, their unique facial features distinguish them from others, making them the target of racial slurs.
Throughout the last decade, as internet penetration deepened and the number of social media users grew in Kashmir, a young generation of militants emerged from the ashes of a dying movement. This generation weaponized social media, setting the stage for a unidirectional conversation in which the insurgents showcased their lives and ideology.
A hilly, snowcapped terrain leads to the village, which has witnessed one of the harshest winters in the Kashmir Valley in decades. The Forest Department managed to cut the trees before anyone could protest, as people had been braving subzero temperatures inside their homes.
Handmade Kashmiri carpets are known for their unique designs and can fetch hundreds of dollars on the international market. Until a few years ago, weavers could make a decent living. But the wages have since dropped to a pittance, threatening to put an end to a centuries-old craft.