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Robert Thorpe-The First Kashmiri Martyr.

Thorpe left his luxurious life in England to come to the rescue of starving and ragged people of Kashmir but we don’t have any business in paying a visit to his grave.

Robert Thorp’s father visited Kashmir in those fateful days. Somewhere in the lush green meadows of the beautiful Valley, he came across a Kashmiri girl and lost his heart to her. They married and went to England. Robert Thorp grew up in the kind lap of his Kashmiri mother who would tell him stories about Kashmir and the sufferings of the people who lived in the most beautiful part of the world. And, finally when junior Thorp visited the paradise on earth he was smitten by its the beauty. However, the sufferings of the people and the way the rulers behaved with them pained him. He decided to help Kashmiris and came out openly against the then Dogra rulers. He wrote a book "Kashmir Misgovernment" which is still considered a valuable reference book on Kashmir.

The activities of Robert Thorp gave sleepless nights …