Who Am I – Uncertain Identity

Who am I – Uncertain Identity” is a photographic expression of an important aspect of the lives of Kashmiri people. Kashmir, a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, has been living in a state of conflict since 1989. The genesis of the dispute goes back to 1947, when the Indian subcontinent was divided after the end of the British imperial rule in the region. Over the last 28 years, the humanitarian cost of the conflict has been enormous. Since the armed insurgency broke out against Indian rule in 1989, more than 90,000 people have died. There are thousands of orphans and widows. Detention, rape and torture have become routine. For the last three decades, Kashmiris have been living under the shadow of the gun, with over half a million Indian soldiers occupying every corner of the state. Black laws give Indian forces impunity to kill or arrest anyone without fear of prosecution. Gunfights, funerals and wailing women are common place scenes that unfold in the region on a daily basis.