BJP-PDP split: Kashmir could fracture more in this state

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. The balance of national interest and political interest is always a tricky play in security situations. By that shifting rubric Jammu and Kashmir could be eyeing more violence and fracture. The formal withdrawal of support on 19 June by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to its partner in Kashmir’s chaos, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will have feathered that future. It could also cauterize Kashmir and offer electoral gain—for the BJP, that is. For four years, the…

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Education Conclave In Kashmir Hopes To Bring Academics Back On Track

SRINAGAR: For the last six weeks, a wave of protests by students in Jammu and Kashmir have been a major challenge for the government – not just affecting schools and colleges but also the law and order of the state. Recently, hundreds of educationists from across the county met in Srinagar to find ways of putting academics back on track through an international educational conclave in Srinagar. Ekta Sodha who runs a chain of schools in Gujarat is here to collaborate with schools in the Valley to start exchange programs…

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Militants ambush Indian army convoy in Kashmir, 3 dead

Militants ambushed an Indian military convoy in Kashmir on Wednesday, killing three personnel, in an escalation of violence that officials have blamed on separatist protests that have tied down security forces for more than a month. Indian Kashmir is in the midst of the worst unrest in six years that began early last month when security forces killed a young separatist commander who was idolised by some youth, provoking an outpouring of anger. Police superintendent Imtiaz Hussain said militants were taking advantage of the unrest to attack security forces after…

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