Prior to the 1971 war, many border villages, which are now part of India, were under Pakistan. The residents of the villages in the newly acquired lands became Indian overnight after the war. One of the many ethnic groups which were separated due to the changing geopolitics of the region were the Baltis. I first heard about the Baltis on a visit to Dras, a stopover town on the road from Srinagar to Leh.
One of such village is Hundarman which is supposedly the closest village to the Line of Control in Kargil. Not sure what to expect in such a sensitive area, I was relieved to see these children playing just outside the village, without caring a bit about the tumultuous world they live in.
This an excerpt from my project in Dras and Kargil to cover the stories of ‘divided families’ The project was supported by @sahapedia. Please check link in bio for the complete story.
Photo and text by @deeptiasthana
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