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‘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



Kashmiri voices deserve to be heard

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

As the crisis threatens to escalate in the region, the future of its people is at stake There is a growing clamour of voices and demonstrations around the world, raised in protest at India’s revoking of the semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir. The one voice that is not being heard, however, is that of



Modi has stirred up the hornet’s nest by changing Kashmir’s status

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

With the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status, India, under the leadership of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), has finally taken the plunge. While the party’s hardcore ideologues have triumphed, it is a democracy that has taken a back seat. It’s pertinent to note that no other Indian government had ever contemplated taking such action. While



Kashmir journalists struggle to tell their stories amid clampdown

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

Reporters in the disputed region face difficulties due to ban on movement and communications blackout. Restrictions on movement and a communications blackout for a third day in Indian-administered Kashmir have frustrated the region’s journalists, who call their struggle since Monday to get information about the disputed region out an “unprecedented” situation. Most English and Urdu language



Life in Kashmir comes to a grinding halt amid India’s clampdown

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

As lockdown continues for a third day, business owners, journalists and trapped non-local workers face grim situation. For a third straight day, Indian-administered Kashmir has been under a strict lockdown imposed by Indian security forces in the wake of the abrogation of the special status of the Muslim-majority state. The Himalayan region’s booming tourism industry has come to



On the ground in Kashmir, feelings of loss, betrayal and helplessness as Srinagar remains in lockdown

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

Srinagar residents say they feel robbed by New Delhi’s decision to revoke their Muslim-majority state’s seven-decade-long autonomy A communications blackout and curfew have left Kashmiris in disarray, fearing the Hindu nationalist government’s next move Fahad Shah “You need to stay inside, don’t come out!”The warnings are being bellowed at homes from large speakers mounted on



Kashmir dispute: Pakistan downgrades ties with India

Aug 8th, 2019 | By

Pakistan has announced plans to expel India’s top diplomat and suspend trade with its neighbour, deepening a row between the countries over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Indian-administered Kashmir has been on lockdown since the Indian government decided on Monday to strip the region of its special constitutional status. Phone networks and the internet have