In July 2016, violence erupted in Srinagar and other towns in the Kashmir Valley across the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This violence came in response to the killing of a popular young militant, Burhan Wani, by the Indian security forces. Tens of thousands of people entered the streets for Wani’s funeral, the processions instantly morphing into protests against India. The demonstrations were met with a heavy-handed response by Indian troops, and Kashmir was brought to a standstill for months by
curfews and strikes. Between July and October 2016, more than 90 people were reported killed and thousands were injured by the rubber bullets used by the Indian army to control the masses (Waheed 2016). As of August 2018, when we finalized this Conversations section, the protests have subsided but a solution to the conflict is nowhere in sight.
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