The focus on conflict between state and non-state actors in Kashmir hides the social divisions within Kashmir.
Thousands of young men joined the Kashmir militancy in the 1990s, but those who survived see a new generation as more ‘potent and committed’ to Islamism, and more ready to die.
Dissatisfied with both the government and separatists, countless young people in Kashmir view local militants as the only ones willing to fight for them.
Confined for years to the role of playing matchmaker and overlooked for everything else, the community today wants to step out and make more of life.
Jammu and Kashmir’s power crisis could potentially worsen given the state’s lack of control over the major hydropower projects it depends on for its electricity needs, delays in getting new projects off the ground and the challenges posed by Pakistan.
Refugees with no legal documents are unable to exchange old currency, except at discounted rates with local traders.