The Many Tamanas of Kashmir


The Many Tamanas of Kashmir

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré


ifty-three kilometers away from south Kashmir’s Anantnag, the epicentre of the ongoing turmoil in Kashmir, nine-year-old Tamana Ashraf was brought to Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital by her mother.

The girl wasn’t part of any protest, but was simply peeping outside the window of her house in Ganderbal to see what the commotion was, when she felt a searing pain in her left eye. She had been hit by a pellet, which the forces had fired to stop the agitators, who were sloganeering against the killing of 22-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.