The Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status last August to help unite India. A year later, that decision has divided communities in the region and spurred concerns about losing a unique identity.
Ever since the Indian government suspended the article granting semi-autonomous status to Indian-administered Kashmir, Kashmiri students all the way in India’s capital, New Delhi, are feeling the effects. Many of them find themselves without the means to cover education costs since they are cut off from their families.
Violence is nothing new for the area around the Line of Control, the demarcation dividing the Pakistani and Indian-administered sections of Kashmir. But for the people who live there, life in the crossfire takes a steep toll on their lives.
Fish farming has become a popular industry in Indian-administered Kashmir, providing a steady livelihood for many – until the fish started to die. To find out why, a local university opened a fish hospital, providing treatment to the fish while determining the cause.
Women disabled in conflict-related violence are deemed a burden to their families and don’t have equal access to health care or economic opportunities. The government has mentioned the idea of compensation but hasn't taken any action.
Phone and cell service is still limited in Jammu and Kashmir, three months after the Indian government revoked the state’s semi-autonomous status. So when an emergency occurs – like a fire – people say they still can’t call for help.
More than two months after the Indian government revoked the state’s semi-autonomous status, arrests and detentions have become commonplace. Police say the detentions are a precaution to prevent violence, but for Kashmiris who are barred from seeing their detained loved ones, it only adds to the uncertainty that they face.
It’s been nearly a month since the Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir state’s semi-autonomous status and instituted a media blackout there. Officials say the measure is necessary, but Kashmiris say that the lockdown has serious consequences – including a critical shortage of medical supplies.