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Kashmir’s brutal stories get cartoon treatment

Malik Sajad believes all in Kashmir are shaped by the volatile atmosphere

By: Sarwar Alam

Through sombre black and white drawings, graphic novelist Malik Sajad tells the brutal story of his native Kashmir in the 1990s, as an armed insurgency against Indian rule reached its bloody peak. Sajad’s debut graphic novel Munnu is his account of growing up in the Kashmir Valley, one of the most spectacular but also most heavily militarised places on earth. The story is set in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir, against a backdrop of clashes, curfews and arbitrary detentions as the Indian army suppressed a separatist insurgency that reached its peak in the 1990s. “You grow up grappling with…

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