30 Years and 1,000 Pages Lost by a Kashmiri Poet in an Encounter
“Bohot aaj tak lut gaye hain bade ghar. Abhi bawafa gardane kat rahi hain.” (Many have lost their homes and their lives to the conflict and I am only one of many of the victims). This is what Ghulam Muhammad Bhat scribbles on a pillar, which once was a part of his house.
In a recent tussle between militants and Indian troops in Sringar’s Khanmoh area, Ghulam’s house was razed to the ground.
The next morning, Ghulam, a 52-year-old poet, saw his ancestral home reduced to ashes and rubble. Underneath the broken bricks, also lay buried over 1,000 pages of his unpublished poetry. He had been saving them for publishing once he had enough money.
Bhat published two volumes of poems in 1985 — “Pain of Loss” and “Voice of Abu Zar” under the pen name Madhosh Balhami.
With a sense of sorrow and tears in his eyes, he points to the first floor of the roofless building where he had a library of books. There is nothing now; only broken walls and scattered bricks. He reflects on how his house turned into a graveyard for the three men who spent their last moments in his house.
Video Editor: Rahul Sanpui
Producer: Vatsala Singh