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 […]
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 […]
The rapid conversion is also one of the causes of the Kashmir floods. The paddy fields along the Jhelum acted as a temporary reservoir during the flooding which prevented the sudden overflow of floodwater.
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. […]
‘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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Among the things that pandemic has redefined is the mother-infant relation. Amid the second viral wave, the bond is only witnessing stress due to separation.
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.
An artisan’s anguish apart, the current situation is only creating existential crisis for Kashmir’s golden hands amid the growing dominance of machines in the handicraft sector.