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India’s actions have made separatism in Kashmir mainstream

Sep 13th, 2019 | By

Indian aggression against Kashmiri leaders and civilians has killed any chance for a civil dialogue. By Ruwa Shah Kashmiris run for cover as Indian security forces (unseen) fire tear gas shells during clashes, in Srinagar, August 30, 2019 [Danish Ismail/Reuters] On June 11, 2010, I came face to face with the sad and violent reality



My son is one of Kashmir’s ‘disappeared’. When will India tell the truth about their fate?

Sep 13th, 2019 | By

Parveena Ahangar Kashmir is under siege. Up to 10,000 people have been victims of enforced disappearance, including my son Javaid Women protest against India’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status in Srinagar, August 2019. Photograph: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images The Eid this year was like no other. We could not even offer the obligatory sacrifice because of



Kashmir: how Modi’s aggressive ‘Hindutva’ project has brought India and Pakistan to the brink – again

Sep 6th, 2019 | By

Abdullah Yusuf   Lecturer in Politics, University of Dundee August is immensely important in the history of the Asian subcontinent, marking the month that India and Pakistan gained independence from the British in 1947. Now, in 2019, it has once again proved momentous, when, ten days before India’s Independence day celebrations, prime minister Narendra Modi’s



Pakistan’s Envoy to U.S. Says ‘World Should Take Notice’ to Avoid New Conflict with India over Kashmir

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

By Tom O’Connor Pakistan’s envoy to the U.S. warned India’s crackdown on Kashmir could destabilize the region to the point of another conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbors if left unchecked by world powers. Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Asad Majeed Khan told Newsweek that “things are getting worse” in India-administered Kashmir as the “complete lockdown”



This Is What It’s Like Living Through Kashmir’s Communications Blackout

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

“Human rights are being snatched away as we speak.”  Pranav Dixit  Danish Ismail / Reuters For 29 days, the residents of Kashmir, the conflict-ridden state in northern India, have been living in a black hole. On midnight, Aug. 4, India’s Hindu nationalist government abruptly wiped out the legal autonomy that the disputed region has enjoyed



Kashmir seige completes 30 days despite India’s ‘normalcy’ claims

Sep 4th, 2019 | By

Tensions soared in India-administered Kashmir after New Delhi scrapped the region’s autonomy, cut phone and internet access, placed curbs on movement and arrested thousands, a move dubbed “illegal annexation” by activists and neighbouring Pakistan. A masked Kashmiri protester shouts pro-independence slogans in Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir, Friday, August 30, 2019. (AP) Tension remained high on Tuesday



Relieved but worried Canadians return home from Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Sabia Zargar and her son Suhaan pose in their Mississauga home after returning from Kashmir, on Saturday, August 31. J.P. MOCZULSKI When Sabia Zargar travelled to Kashmir this summer, she expected to visit family and show her 10-year-old son the places her mother grew up. What she didn’t anticipate was being stuck inside her parents’



‘We risk everything’: Reporting Kashmir amid lockdown, harassment

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Journalists decry limited access to phone and internet, forces denying free movement and pressure to report ‘normalcy’. By Rifat Fareed As the crippling lockdown in Indian-administered Kashmir nears a month, journalists in the region complain of harassment by authorities, with many accusing security forces of deleting their camera footage and pressure to report “normalcy”. “This is



With meticulous planning then mass arrests and ‘torture’, Kashmir’s autonomy was lost

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Residents say security forces have beaten and abused locals as they attempt to prevent a violent uprising. Warning: this article contains images which some readers may find distressing Zubair Sofi Srinagar @@zubairsofii When Jammu and Kashmir’s governor addressed the world in a press conference on 4 August, people in the Muslim-majority valley were worried. After decades



The intractable mess in Jammu and Kashmir

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

Christopher Snedden  New Delhi has even managed to antagonise the pro-Indian politicians in the area with its latest crackdown. It is impossible to know what is actually happening in Kashmir. Since 4 August, Indian forces have effectively incarcerated the region, with people kept indoors and more than 1600 “social activists” detained. Communications to, and in,