After India Revoked Its Autonomy, Kashmir Sees Repression and Militancy Rise

A police officer watches Kashmiri men protest following a shootout between police and militants, Srinagar, India, Sept. 17, 2020 (AP photo by Mukhtar Khan).
A police officer watches Kashmiri men protest following a shootout between police and militants, Srinagar, India, Sept. 17, 2020 (AP photo by Mukhtar Khan).
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Editor’s Note: WPR has agreed to publish this article anonymously due to the hostile environment in Kashmir toward independent reporting. SRINAGAR, India—In July, I joined a group of young men plodding glumly through verdant paddy fields in Bijbehara, a picturesque town tucked inside a network of lofty mountains in the Kashmir Valley. It was the middle of the monsoon season. One of the men was recounting a midnight raid conducted by the Indian Army in a nearby village, Arwani, in August last year. “They were bloodthirsty,” he said, in a wobbling voice. “We live in the shadow of violence,” another […]

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