Hilal Mir is a journalist based in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. He was formerly with India's leading newspaper, the Hindustan Times.
The International Committee of the Red Cross hasn’t been able to work in India-held Kashmir since it was stripped of its political autonomy on August 5, foreign aid workers are not being issued visas and Kashmiris are being left without support.
Before embarking on the mission of nullifying the semi-autonomous status of the disputed region, India arm-twisted its local press, forcing publishers to gag their leading opinion writers and columnists.
Recent violence targeted outsiders from mainland India entering the disputed Kashmir, a significant shift triggered by India's decision to reduce the semi-autonomous region into a New Delhi-ruled territory.
In video recorded interviews, the victims allege that the Indian army subjected them to immense physical pain and psychological pressure.
Even if the disputed region were to become a Shangri-La, it would be a Shangri-La manufactured by India with sheer military force and money.
By cutting off communication networks and pouring troops into the restive Muslim-majority state, India is preparing Kashmiris for an unprecedented escalation.
The Indian government has come under criticism for taking advantage of a spiritual journey to meet political ends.
Kashmir conflict has repeatedly turned devastating for some women, who first lost their militant husbands and then their sons to the same political cause
Although the country's far-right has always derived its strength from dehumanising Kashmir's right to self-determination, the "secular" parties oversaw worse atrocities against the Kashmiri people when they were in power.
Emulating the role of a private contractor, the Indian government has recruited a 30,000-strong force in India-administered Kashmir, using them as a tool to suppress the Kashmiri freedom struggle and pitting them against their own community.
In the Kashmir Valley rebellion has become a way of life. What are the forces that inspire a near thirty year insurgency?
Recent reports in the western and Indian press claim that Kashmir's freedom movement is coming under the influence of "radical Islam". This narrative is out of step with reality, and ignores the founding principles of Kashmir's indigenous struggle.
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