For some 50 detainees, the Centaur Lake View Hotel’s rooms have become prison cells. Photo: Muzamil Aftab

How a four-star hotel in Indian-held Kashmir became a political prison

  • Until recently, the Centaur Lake View Hotel offered lavish suites and hosted political conferences that saw Kashmiri leaders defend India’s rule over the disputed region
  • But since Narendra Modi’s crackdown on Kashmir, the hotel has turned into a makeshift jail to house those same leaders
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For some 50 detainees, the Centaur Lake View Hotel’s rooms have become prison cells. Photo: Muzamil Aftab
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A Kashmiri boy displays a placard from a window at a protest site after Friday prayers. Photo: Reuters

In Kashmir, the Indian government is always watching

  • Constant monitoring has whipped residents into near paranoia, as drones fly over Friday prayers in mosques and police inspect cameras
  • The revocation of Kashmir’s special status has led to increased surveillance, long a mainstay of New Delhi’s approach to managing the restive state
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A Kashmiri boy displays a placard from a window at a protest site after Friday prayers. Photo: Reuters
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