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,

UN Role as a Peacemaker in Kashmir

Aug 29th, 2019 | By

By Beenesh Ansari United Nations was established in 1945, giving hope to the weaker states for a peaceful world without any suppression from the powerful. The Charter of UN states “to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character”. The functions of the UN were mainly based on

Insurgency in Kashmir: what comes next

Aug 27th, 2019 | By

By Atta Rasool Malik The situation in Indian-administered Kashmir is immensely tense. The beautiful Kashmir Valley is on lockdown, with a complete curfew since August 5. Indian armed forces have started conducting night raids, searching houses and picking up boys (potential stone throwers) since Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy was stripped two weeks ago. As The

‘This is Not the 1970s’: IAS Officer Quits in Anguish Over Kashmir ‘Emergency’

Aug 26th, 2019 | By

“If I owned a newspaper, my headline tomorrow would just be the word ’20’ because it is the twentieth day that the people of Kashmir have been subjected to these restrictions on their freedoms,” says Kannan Gopinathan. An officer of the Indian Administrative Service from Kerala, Kannan Gopinathan, has resigned from the prestigious service in

‘India talked of peace and calm in Kashmir. I saw the opposite’

Aug 23rd, 2019 | By

A first-person account of life in Srinagar after India imposed curfew and a communications lockdown. By Sasha Bhat The Indian government revoked the special status accorded to Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution earlier this month. A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India’s constitution, which guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority

‘We won’t give an inch’: India faces defiance in ‘Kashmir’s Gaza’

Aug 23rd, 2019 | By

By Afp Soura neighbourhood has sealed itself off from Indian security forces Young men sit beside a pile of rocks and a bonfire, protecting the only entrance to a besieged neighbourhood they call “Kashmir’s Gaza” as a mosque loudspeaker broadcasts slogans of liberation. In an act of defiance against New Delhi’s controversial decision to strip

A Gulf red carpet for Modi and silence for Kashmir

Aug 23rd, 2019 | By

By Samah Hadid This weekend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the United Arab Emirates and have the Gulf state’s highest honors bestowed on him. The Order of Zayed, the UAE’s highest civilian honor named for its founder, is in “recognition of the distinguished leadership of Prime Minister Modi for giving a big boost

Jammu and Kashmir: A disputed state under siege

Aug 23rd, 2019 | By

India fears protest if the communication is restored and troops scaled down in Kashmir Widespread anger over government’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status It is more than two weeks since Indian-held Kashmir began facing curfews. Markets in major parts of the valley and Muslim regions of Jammu were shut, communication networks suspended, and people were

I Was in Kashmir When India Seized Control. This Is What I Saw

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

By Sanna Wani On Monday, the Indian government announced that Kashmir’s constitutionally-mandated autonomy would be revoked and political rule imposed from Delhi. This northern territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan and ruled in part by each, had been largely autonomous since it agreed to join India in 1947 as its only Muslim-majority state. Now