The long-running territorial dispute over Kashmir dates back to the partition of India in 1947, when Pakistan and India each staked claims to portions of the Himalayan region. The Muslim-majority territory has been the focus of three wars between India and Pakistan. Since 1962, China has also occupied a part of Kashmir along its border, a situation that also led to a short war with India.
In addition to war, protests and deadly clashes have plagued Kashmir over the past 70 years. Violence spiked after the 2016 death of Burhan Wani, the young commander of the Kashmir separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen, and 2018 proved to be one of the bloodiest years in Kashmir’s recent history.
Both nations are building major dam projects in a region they have rowed about for decades, with the same river involved.
India is promoting tourism in Indian-administered Kashmir after revoking the disputed region’s limited autonomy in 2019 and unleashing a massive crackdown.
For two years, Hindutva Watch has chronicled unreported hate crimes and violence against India’s religious minorities, earning it some powerful enemies.
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Comment by Indian National Congress Party chief comes as annual meeting of security-themed Shanghai Cooperation Organisation goes virtual-only.
The meeting will be the first significant international event in Kashmir since New Delhi stripped the Muslim-majority region of semi-autonomy in 2019.
Sino-Indian relations ‘cannot be normal if peace and tranquillity in the border areas is disturbed’, says New Delhi’s top diplomat at regional conference.
A growing number of women in mainly Muslim Indian Kashmir are becoming Instagram models and influencers and are making money for themselves – and breaking societal taboos – while doing so.
Political stakes in the long disputed region have been higher than ever since 2019 when New Delhi revoked autonomy to the half of Kashmir it administers.
India and Pakistan have strained political ties, especially over Kashmir, which was split between the two countries during Partition in 1947; the latest exchange of taunts took place on the sidelines of an urgent UN Security Council meeting.
Tens of thousands of Nepali Gurkhas serve in the Indian army under an agreement made in 1947. They have historically served for much longer than the 4 years specified under India’s new ‘path of fire’ recruitment policy.
A former Indian diplomat said New Delhi recognised the need to curb Beijing’s ‘ambitions’ after 75 years of relentless competition with Pakistan over Kashmir – and decades of believing China did not represent a military threat.
Rights groups have long claimed they face harassment from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist administration for highlighting rights abuses.
‘Conscious music’ draws on elements of Islam and spiritual poetry, and it is often laced with religious metaphors to circumvent measures restricting some free speech in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
It’s believed they were Kashmir Freedom Fighters who claim responsibility for shooting a bank manager this month. At least 16 people – both Hindu and Muslims – have been killed in targeted attacks in Kashmir this year.
Muslim-majority Kashmir has witnessed a spate of targeted killings in recent months, as Indian troops have continued their counter-insurgency operations across the region amid a clampdown on dissent and media freedom, which critics have likened to a militaristic policy.
The box-office hit has been praised by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his right-wing Hindu nationalist followers, but critics say it is loose with facts and fans anti-Muslim sentiment.
Tens of thousands of people and elected officials from local councils across the region assembled in Palli village near Jammu city for the speech, which was held amid tight security.