Kashmir Violence Puts Indian Military’s Domestic Security Role in the Spotlight

Indian paramilitary soldiers walk back toward their base camp on the eleventh straight day of curfew, Kashmir, July 19, 2016 (AP photo by Dar Yasin).
Indian paramilitary soldiers walk back toward their base camp on the eleventh straight day of curfew, Kashmir, July 19, 2016 (AP photo by Dar Yasin).

Throughout the month of July, a series of violent clashes in Kashmir between protesters and Indian security forces left more than 50 Kashmiris dead and more than 5,000 injured. In an email interview, Anit Mukherjee, an assistant professor in the South Asia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU, Singapore, discusses the Indian military’s domestic security role and civil-military relations. WPR: What role does the Indian military play in domestic security, including the Kashmir conflict and the Naxalite insurgency? Anit Mukherjee: The Indian military has historically played an important role in countering domestic insurgencies and separatist […]

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