How Perfume, Meat, LoC Make Kashmir Wildlife ‘Most Targeted’

How Perfume, Meat, LoC Make Kashmir Wildlife ‘Most Targeted’

The scent glands of musk deer are considered more valuable than gold. A recent rare picture of Kashmiri stag called Hangul might’ve left sundry awestruck, but the population of this critically-endangered species is decreasing at an alarming rate in the valley. According to the findings of Wildlife Trust India, Hanguls, markhors and the Himalayan musk […]

Tenacious Ten: Kashmir’s Field Day Stars

Tenacious Ten: Kashmir’s Field Day Stars

Resting on the laps of the Himalayas, Kashmir is not only famous for its perennial rivers and snowcapped mountains but also for the sportspersons that have emerged out of the valley. A place with a myriad of talent, the valley is not confined to cricket. From basketball to rugby the union territory is filled with […]

Gucchi: The World’s Costliest Mushroom Found in Kashmir Himalaya

Gucchi: The World’s Costliest Mushroom Found in Kashmir Himalaya

There is an “intense competition” for mushroom gathering, especially for the morels because of their high commercial value. A substitute of meat with high nutritious and medicinal value, the morel mushroom, locally known as ‘Kanegeich’ in Kashmir is the world’s costliest mushroom. Kashmir lies in the north-west Himalaya range that has a rich repository of unexplored macrofungal wealth. […]

Significant Yet Sidelined—Women in Kashmir Politics

Significant Yet Sidelined—Women in Kashmir Politics

‘Women in J&K are liberal to join other fields like medical, engineering, media but when it comes to politics there is a stigma.’ In the Lok Sabha elections 2019, only four women from Jammu & Kashmir filed nominations out of which one woman withdrew her nomination and another woman contestant didn’t pay the security deposit. […]

Why Kashmir’s Native Fish Is Under Threat

Why Kashmir’s Native Fish Is Under Threat

Kashmir houses a plethora of rivers, lakes, and fast running streams. An angler’s paradise, the valley is gifted with the alluring water bodies like Dal Lake, Wular Lake, Nageen Lake, Indus, Jhelum and snow-fed streams like the Sindh, Hipora, Aripal. Kashmir provides ample opportunities for the development of fisheries. Fishing is a big business in […]

Hangul, Markhor, Snow Leopards: Kashmir’s Most Targeted Species

Hangul, Markhor, Snow Leopards: Kashmir’s Most Targeted Species

When the authorities were busy implementing the pandemic lockdown in 2020-21, poachers made their way into the wild and started their illegal activities. Much of this hunting pursuit was attributed to the tumbling economy making people jobless. Amid that confined situation, many turned into poaching to support themselves. In fact, the lockdown years saw an […]

Rich in Value, Poor in Use: Kashmir’s Medicinal Plants Withering

Rich in Value, Poor in Use: Kashmir’s Medicinal Plants Withering

Be it Amchies of Ladakh, Hakeems of Kashmir and Vaidyas of Jammu, the valley’s rich medicinal plant species remained at the heart of the traditional treatment system in the erstwhile state. But with time, the treasure is only waning.

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