Greater Kashmir, one of the main newspapers in Kashmir, published the article ‘Watching the Royals Die’ by Jaasindah Mir and Jan Haenraets about the plight of the endangered Chinar trees in Kashmir.
To view the full text as Pdf, go to this LINK (790 KB).
These royals are the Chinar trees, the booyn, of our Kashmiri land. The article reflects Jaasindah’s feelings as a local Kashmiri, together with thoughts and data that Jan gathered in Kashmir and about which he wrote in another article here on this site under ‘Save the Chinar: The Endangered Heritage of the Oriental Plane Trees of Kashmir‘.
The Chinar, the Oriental Plane tree (Platanus orientalis), was named the Royal Tree of Kashmir by the Mughals when they invaded the place. The Chinars existed in the valley much before the coming of the Mughals and the Mughals went on a further Chinar planting spree in the valley. The royal Chinar is a major part of the heritage of Kashmir.
The article on Watching the Royals, as published in Greater Kashmir on 20 October 2015, can be found online under this LINK on Greater Kashmir. The online Pdf version of the newspaper edition can be found HERE (the article features on page 7).
Text by Jaasindah Mir and Jan Haenraets. Photographs by Jan Haenraets.
Jaasindah Mir is a student of Functional English at the Government College for Women, Srinagar, and author of the book The Escaped Moments