“It may be shocking to some people around here to know discrimination of some sort happens in our society too. You feel it when someone calls a resident of Ladakh a “chowmein” {Chinese food}. You feel it when someone calls a villager a “Gresa” {ill-bred} sometimes more euphoniously “ kare sup, gaamki Gresa { Shut up, you ill-bred villager} And you feel it when for some reason someone doesn’t sit with or eat with a gujjar or anyone from a mountainous area. I guess, discrimination is not just racial nowadays. It’s also about the kind of accent you have, the kind of clothes you wear and the kind of place you are from.”

–Kashmiri Zafar Iqbal