A Precarious Peace Descends over Kashmir

Pro-separatist graffitti in Srinagar, cc watchsmart, modified, Flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

For generations, people living in the mountainous region of Kashmir have experienced an identity crisis. Are they Indian? Is their loyalty to Pakistan? Or should they aspire to the aspiration of azadi, or independence? Many battles have been fought over such questions and many lives lost.

Now at last, the situation there has grown calmer, with a fall in violence, steps towards a more inclusive society and plans for investment and a more sustainable economy. So has the cycle of proxy war between India and Pakistan finally been broken?

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