An engrossing six part series on Kashmir its history, its significance, its problems, the events that became its various turning points and the personalities involved. It starts with its mythological origin from Sage Kashyap and then goes on to narrate the various key milestones in its history, the different dynasties that ruled over the kingdom from time to time, the Afghans, the Mughals, the Sikh dynasty, the British, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Raja Gulab Singh, Raja Hari Singh and then the independence, accession, and so on.
Its in a narrative form with interviews with key persons like Karan Singh, who is the son of Raja Hari Singh, William Dalrymple, prominent historians and journalists etc. Despite being in a narrative form it is not boring because there are ample archival photos and video footages from the past including that of Jawaharlal Nehru, Jinnah, Sheikh Abdullah, General Yahya Khan, Indira Gandhi etc. Importance of Kashmir from the geographical, political and strategic point of view is clearly bought out by this documentary. The criticality of Kashmir for all the parties involved – India, Pakistan and China becomes clear from this documentary. I thought since the docu was produced by Times Network, it might become biased towards the end, but thankfully, it remained neutral throughout. Available to view on Amazon Prime Video.
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