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Jammu and Kashmir

Natural highs

The final descent into Leh airport, one of the world's highest, is not for the faint-hearted. The plane banks left, then right, then left again. Razor sharp Himalayan peaks seem to be within touching distance. The pilot adds another layer of drama.

Sunday, 10 July, 2011, 12:00am

Arab-style revolt unlikely in strife-torn Kashmir

A huge voter turnout throughout Indian-administered Kashmir, coupled with spontaneous voting in the recently held polls to elect village-level administrative bodies, must have made the Indian government heave a sigh of relief. After all, New Delhi has been interpreting such substantial voter participation in elections as the Kashmiri affirmation of faith in Indian democracy.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Higher purpose

Khardung La has its head in the clouds and its height in doubt. Is this really the world's highest road pass? The sign at the top reads '18,380 feet' (5,602 metres) but some say that refers to the old mule track higher up.

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Few Kashmiri Pandits tempted by generous offers to return home

The memory of the day masked Muslim militants stormed into her house in Kashmir, tied up her elderly parents, and dragged her out into a gun battle with the police is fresh in Dr Shakti Khanna's mind, more than 19 years later - but still she longs to return to the home of her childhood.

21 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

An interest in the ancient pilgrimages and trade routes of western Tibet has led Brenda Li Wai-ling on her own educational and travel pilgrimages, both of which have presented their own problems for the determined student to solve

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Reality intrudes on 'Little Tibet'

Angjor, a 15-year-old Nepali refugee who looks no older than eight, was forced to sing like a man this year. Strapped to a stubborn-looking dzo, a cross between a Tibetan ox and domestic cattle, the only way for the boy to steer the animal is to sing in deep, guttural chants that can be heard kilometres away: 'Kaw ... kaw ... kaw ...' The beast begins to plough.

1 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Who dares wins business in Kashmir

Four years ago, when Jehangir Raina, an Indian businessman based in Britain, decided to start an IT company in Kashmir instead of hot spots like Bangalore and Gurgaon, business analysts blanched at the risky proposal. But Mr Raina saw in this conflict zone what few others did: business potential.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Forgotten victims of partition

For seven days, Balwant Kaur trekked through hilly terrain cradling her newborn son in her arms, gently chastising her five-year-old boy to keep quiet as they fled the brutality that overshadowed partition.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Bank taps into Kashmir's hidden potential

Two years ago when private bank HDFC announced its plan to open a branch in Kashmir, many of South Asia's financial analysts blanched. No private financial institution was willing to risk investing in a conflict zone often rattled by bomb attacks.

28 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

South Asian rivals must make most of talks

India's response to the railway bombings in its commercial capital, Mumbai, on July 11 was predictable: peace talks with rival Pakistan were suspended and a fresh flurry of allegations, denials and rhetoric erupted.

31 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

The Wonder House

The Wonder House

by Justine Hardy

Atlantic Books, $188

4 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Women separatists held for 'morality raids'

Hardliners had ransacked bars in Kashmiri capital

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir have arrested the head of a hardline women's separatist group which has attacked hotels and bars 'to stop moral degradation'.

Asiya Andrabi, the firebrand leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat ('Daughters of Faith'), was arrested on Thursday night with six female comrades.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Struggle carves uncertain future

Despite efforts by India and Pakistan to bring peace to Kashmir, its people now live in limbo.

2 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


In an article published yesterday, it was stated that the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan has banned its professors from talking to the media. It should have referred to the University of Kashmir in India. We apologise for any confusion.

23 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Call in the mediators

India's decision ruling out talks with Pakistan until it is sure that it has stopped supporting militants in Kashmir is in line with its traditional policy, but it will do its image abroad no good.

26 Feb 2002 - 12:00am