The Frozen Conflict
Jammu and Kashmir is not only a matter of our territorial integrity but also defines our nationhood.
– Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India
We are waiting for the day Kashmir becomes part of Pakistan.
– Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan
The people of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a chance to decide their future.
– Tufail Mushtak, College Student, Srinagar
Rashid dreaded losing his job. The 88-room hotel in Srinagar where he worked as a waiter had exactly one guest. Management had already slashed the staff from 125 to 35, and promised more cuts if the unrest sweeping the region continued.Rashid, who chose not to give his real name, was facing the aftermath of the death of militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. It was last July, just weeks after security forces killed the charismatic separatist, plunging Indian-controlled Kashmir Valley – part of the disputed, former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir – into the worst violence in years. Protesters clashed with security forces across the region. The toll of dead and injured kept rising.