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Digital KP Genocide Museum - iqwat appeals to the community to share their untold stories

For 32 years, we have shared the story of our community, exodus and genocide albeit with very limited success. But we have barely ever shared personal stories in public.

“The Kashmir Files” has created a mass awareness finally about the community, even though it just touched on 3 or 4 real stories. Imagine the tens of thousands of stories still untold. This movie will soon fade into archives and the world will move on. There is not going to be Kashmir Files 2 to tell other stories. Yet, all those stories must be told and recorded for posterity. For our future generations to know. For the world to know.

Hence the need to create a DIGITAL KP GENOCIDE MUSEUM – an online digital archive of tens of thousands of personal testimonials and stories of the genocide. iqwat has taken up the initiative to get this off ground and curate. But none of this will happen without every batta coming forward to record his or her story – in other words every member of family recording their separate individual testimonials.
Time is now!!

How does it work?

Digital KP Genocide Museum comprises of personal stories in form of video interviews and relevant pictures/newspaper cuttings. Video interview will focus on the following different aspects:

PRE EXODUS AND BACKGROUND

Life, culture and your childhood before exodus and how it affected you, your family, your community and ways of life.

YEAR 1990

Your personal observations & experiences. You can also recall stories of those whom you know and what they experienced.

POST EXODUS LIFE

How life changed after the exodus and your thoughts on exodus in general.

Frequent Questions

We know you have queries, we have tried to answer them all here
All the stories will be available in the 1990 section of the iqwat app. In addition, they will be publicly available on Digital KP Genocide Museum on iqwat.com in future.

You can self record your story or the interview can be conducted over Zoom or Google Meet by our team.

Here are some sample questions to get you started:

  • What is your name & where were you born?
  • What are your educational qualifications?
  • Anything you would like to share about your family history?
  • What was life like back in Kashmir (school, family celebrations, any other memories)?
  • Any story/experience about the 1947 Kabali raid or 1986 Kashmir riots?

Here are some sample questions to get you started:

  • How old were you and where were you when the exodus happened?
  • How did you first learn about it and what were your thoughts? (if you were not in Kashmir in 1990)
  • Please give your whole story, what you saw, recalling as much detail as possible.
  • How did the exodus affect you, your family, and your community at the time?

Here are some sample questions to get you started

  • Describe your post exodus life and journey?
  • How do you feel the exodus has impacted your life?
  • Have you visited Kashmir after the exodus? How was your experience?
  • What are your thoughts on the exodus in general?

To ensure that your recording is of good quality. Please follow below steps:

  • Please feel comfortable before delivering the interview.
  • Position the camera in such a manner that it should be placed a bit above the shoulders, at an arm’s distance while recording.
  • Language to be used during the interview – Kashmiri, Hindi or English, whichever one you’re comfortable in.
  • Avoid any shakiness while recording for clear and high definition quality.
  • We recommend that you keep your phone stable on a fixed case, over a table in the landscape format.
  • Room should be well-lit.
  • Voice quality must remain intact.
  • If you feel reluctant to answer a question, you can skip it.
  • Time limit: 15-20 minutes.

Once you’re done recording your interview, please upload it on google drive and share the link with us on contactus@iqwat.com

Once you share the data with us, iqwat will have the ownership of that data.

If you decide to unshare your story, we’ll remove it from all our platforms.

If you wish to share any feedback or contribute more to our initiative, you can mail us on contactus@iqwat.com

The idea of “iqwat” was conceived as a mobile application envisaged to bring our dispersed community together, savour & protect our culture and keep our traditions alive. It is brought to you by iqwat Foundation which is a section 8 non-profit company.
In your iqwat app, go to the Menu (three lines on top left corner) and then click on “1990” section. Under Views tab, you’ll find the exodus stories by other community members. If you don’t have the iqwat app installed, you can Download the app and then sign up to become a member.
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