This image of the policeman guarding the Hazratbal Shrine ("Majestic Place") was shot by Abul Kalam Azad during the Hazratbal Siege 1991.  Situated in Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, the famous shrine contains a relic, the Moi-e-Muqqadas, believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be Muhammad's hair.

The Siege of Hazratbal Shrine, 1993

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  • Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.