Trouble in Kashmir

The fabled land of Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It's also one of the most dangerous. The Kashmiris, a mostly Muslim people who for centuries valued their independence, were dismayed to be partitioned into Hindu-dominated India as the British granted the region independence in the late 1940s. So was Pakistan, who felt Kashmir should have been annexed to it. Decades of political lobbying and two wars between India and Pakistan over the issue failed to resolve it, and in 1989 a Muslim insurgency began, targeting Indian troops with terrorism and guerilla tactics. The Indian military cracked down harshly, and today it is a rare day when someone, either Muslim militant or Indian soldier, isn't killed in skirmishes. Caught between India's control, Pakistan's aspirations and its own desire for independence, Kashmir is a land under constant turmoil. 


An Indian soldier looks over the valley of the city of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir.

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