How the Pandit Lost the Valley

Sumantra Bose

It was in 1953 that Kashmir’s estrangement from the Indian Union began. Blame it on Nehru

‘Military protocol was overtaken by civilian hysteria’

A decorated infantry commander who has served on the Line of Control, speaks to Open on the politics and hysteria over dead Indian soldiers

About a Man Who Threw a Shoe

Abdul Ahad Jan, who flung a shoe at J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, is believed to be like many other shoe-throwers—sane and honest.

The Scare of a Red October

They are on the prowl along J&K’s dividing line. Hardcore Lashkar militants lie in wait for a chance to sneak in and wreak havoc in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games this autumn.

For an Outline of Normalcy

India’s northernmost state is in turmoil again. Is Omar Abdullah really in charge?

Another Day in Kashmir

From the relative sanctuary of our daily lives, this would seem like war. But for the average Kashmiri, it is just another day

The Long Goodbye

This mother’s wait for her son began one Saturday evening in 1990. “That day, my bulbul just flew away,” she says.

Lost Lives and Blank Ballots

In terror-afflicted Kashmir, the tragedy-stricken will vote only if it helps them come to terms with their acute sense of loss


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