'Don't send money. Send engineers'
All is quiet in the Kashmir valley. Ramzan is on. The earthquake has been a reminder, once again, of 'what Allah is capable of.'
Most people are trying to figure out Allah's message behind the happenings of October 8. There are two major areas that have been affected. One is Tangdhar, which falls in Kupwara district. The other is Uri, which comes under Baramulla. More than 300 people have been killed in and around Tangdhar. At Uri, the figure crosses 870.
Uri is the last major town on the Indian side before the celebrated peace bus enters Pakistan occupied Kashmir at Chakhoti. This is where the Indian Army's brigade is positioned. For the first time, its presence is being appreciated. It is too early to say if this positive feeling for the army will survive long enough to help the Kashmir issue, but the radical change in image is inescapable. Not so long ago, the soldiers were still looked upon as 'tormentors.'
Army trucks with relief material distributing essentials to the quake victims.
Reportage: Sheela Bhatt | Photographs: Abdul Qayoom
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