Tag: Kashmir Valley (Kashmir and Jammu)

Anxious and Cooped Up, 1.5 Million Kashmiri Children Are Still Out of School

KAPRAN, Kashmir — Every day, Aliya Khan, a fifth-grader in Kashmir, steps out of her house and walks down a dirt lane lined by tall maple trees to check on what’s happening at her school. And every day, a few minutes later, she walks back to her house with her head hanging down, totally dejected. […]

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Cell Service Returns to Kashmir, Allowing First Calls in Months

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — When the cellphone started to ring, after 71 days of silence, the crowd erupted into a loud cheer. After imposing a complete communications blackout two months ago, the Indian government on Monday partially restored cellphone service in the Kashmir Valley, home to about eight million people. The region’s cell service had been […]

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In a Race Against Death, No Way to Call a Doctor

HEEVAN, Kashmir — Saja Begum was cooking dinner when her son walked into the kitchen with a stricken look on his face. “Mom,” he said. “I have been bitten by a snake. I am going to die.” Ms. Begum could not call an ambulance: The Indian government had shut down Kashmir’s cellular network. She then […]

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Anger and Misery Grow in Kashmir

For nearly two months, the flash-point region of Kashmir has been locked down. The Indian government has flooded it with troops. The internet has been cut off. Mobile phones don’t work. Soldiers have ordered people to stay inside their homes or they will be shot. Anti-government militants have killed and threatened civilians as well. People […]

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Abused by Soldiers and Militants, Kashmiris Face Dangers in Daily Life

SOPORE, Kashmir — Four men carrying pistols and wearing black masks knocked a week ago on the Hamidullah family’s gate. Furious that the wealthy apple traders had violated their ban on doing business, the militants announced that there was a price to pay. They took three men into a sitting room in this Kashmiri town […]

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‘We Never Moved Back to Kashmir, Because We Couldn’t’

We vacation hard, my family. Ideally three weeks, and always a home rental, never a hotel. We settle in like we own the place, and have always owned the place. We start with a grocery store, a thrift shop for toys, a visit to the local library. We scope out playgrounds and children’s classes, make […]

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Tensions Over Kashmir Rise as India Tightens Security

NEW DELHI — The Indian government imposed fresh restrictions on the disputed Kashmir region on Friday, telling people to stay off the streets as the crisis there dragged into its fourth week. According to reports in the Indian media — foreign journalists have been barred from entering Kashmir — security forces set up barricades, more […]

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India’s Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse

NEW DELHI — On Aug. 5, at 1:15 a.m., Asifa Mubeen was woken up by the sound of barking dogs as police officers began pouring into her yard. Her husband, Mubeen Shah, a wealthy Kashmiri merchant, stepped out onto their bedroom balcony in the night air. The officers shouted up that he was under arrest. […]

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India Shut Down Kashmir’s Internet Access. Now, ‘We Cannot Do Anything.’

MUMBAI, India — Masroor Nazir, a pharmacist in Kashmir’s biggest city, Srinagar, has some advice for people in the region: Do not get sick, because he may not have any medicine left to help. “We used the internet for everything,” said Mr. Nazir, 28, whose pharmacy is near the city’s famed clock tower. He said […]

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Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — On the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir’s biggest city, security officers tied black bandannas over their faces, grabbed their guns and took positions behind checkpoints. People glanced out the windows of their homes, afraid to step outside. Many were cutting back on meals and getting hungry. A sense of coiled menace hung over […]

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Photos From Kashmir, a Rebellious Land Locked Down by India

NEW DELHI — For most of the past week, the entire Kashmir Valley, home to about eight million people, has been put on virtual house arrest. Indian soldiers rolled in by the tens of thousands. They barricaded roads, closed schools, took positions on rooftops and cut off the internet, mobile phone service and even landlines, […]

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India Annexes Kashmir and Brings Us Back to Partition

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is paradise on earth, “it is this, it is […]

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