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The History Lab: Chronicling Jammu and Kashmir through pictures

British India's to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, Kohala Bridge is on River Jehlum. It is here Jawaharlal Nehru was arrested by forces of Maharaja Hari Singh while he was entering Jammu and Kashmir without permit to defend Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in a court case. Kohala is still...
Kashmir's only connection to the outer world over a century ago, the Jehlum Valley Road came back in operation in 2005 with launch of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service across the Line of Control. The road has interesting history behind it. It was only after the great famine of 1877-79 when...
A motorable road connecting Srinagar with Jammu was thrown open to public in around 1922. The road, known as Banihal Card road, had existed before also, by around 1890's, but it's use was limited to the members of the Royal Dogra family and their guests. This picture is of...
The idea of carpets is nearly 1500 years old and it is not exactly known where and by whom the first carpet was made. However in India carpet weaving was first introduced in Kashmir in late 15th Century when artisans from Persia were brought in to train the people...
The British Military maintained its presence in Kashmir in some or the other form ever since formation of the State under Dogra. During Pratap Singh the British proposed setting up a formal formation which was resisted by the Dogra who in turn offered British the commitment to support whenever...
While the fighting between Indian and Pakistani forces was going on, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah took over the charge of government. He was appointed head of Emergency Administration on October 28, 1947 and then took over as Prime Minister on Mar 5, 1948. During the days of way Sheikh traveled...
Major Somnath Sharma , an Indian Army officer, was the first recipient of Param Vir Chakra , India's highest military decoration. In 1942, Sharma was commissioned into the 8th Battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment. He served in Burma during the Arakan Campaign of World War II, for which he was...
While the fighting between Indian and Pakistani forces was going on, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah took over the charge of government. He was appointed head of Emergency Administration on October 28, 1947 and then took over as Prime Minister on Mar 5, 1948. During the days of way Sheikh traveled...
Pashtun tribesmen from the South Waziristan region of Pakistan attacked Kashmir to seize the state. They moved along the Rawalpindi-Murree-Muzaffarabad-Baramulla Road on 22 October 1947.  Muzaffarabad fell on 24 October 1947, and the soldiers captured Baramulla the following day. They looted, raped, killed, burned and vandalized shrines and temples....
National Conference leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah examines a map of Jammu and Kashmir in 1948 as officials discussed boundaries and territorial issues