“They make a devastation and call it peace” - Agha Shahid Ali
Trauma has been woven deep into the fabric of Kashmiri society. Even in a seemingly calm period, triggers of trauma appear before the onlooker on a casual basis. Pavements lined with barbed wires, armored army vehicles between trucks of chicken and auto-rickshaws, and military camps with grenade-proof walls are not unusual sights. The people of Kashmir are stuck in a world that not only inflicts onto them frequent bursts of physical violence, but also implies historical and future violence on a daily basis.