How Hindu Nationalism Intensified India’s Brutal Repression of Kashmir

From bans on eating beef, regular disruption of cell and internet service and renewed violence against civilians, India’s ruling Hindu Nationalist Party has ushered in a new level of repression in Kashmir.

An Indian paramilitary force soldier guards at a check point during a strike in Srinagar, Kashmir, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP/Mukhtar Khan)

A sweeping social media gag; dozens of Kashmiri female students defiantly protesting Indian military troop presence; a Kashmiri man tied to an Indian military vehicle as a human shield against stone-pelting protesters. These are just some of the latest stories to come out of the Kashmir Valley in India's north-eastern state of Jammu and Kashmir,

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After Arresting Kashmiri Photojournalist, India Defines ‘Duties’ of a Journalist

India’s counter-terrorism law enforcement agency has outlined what Kashmiri journalists should report on in order to qualify as a journalist following the arrest of 23-year-old Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf.

Kamran Yousuf. Credit: Vikar Syed/Kamran Yousuf’s Facebook

India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) — a counter-terrorism law enforcement agency — has outlined what Kashmiri journalists should report on in a court response that was issued after the arrest of 23-year-old Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf. Yousuf worked as a freelance photojournalist for many local dailies including Greater

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India Awards Army Officer Who Used Human Shield In Kashmir

Officials defended the inhumane act of using a human shield as a measure to save its personnel from protesters’ stone-pelting.

Kashmir Human Shield

Just last month, video footage of a young man tied to the front of an army vehicle being paraded in villages located in central Kashmir's Budgam district went viral. On Monday, Major Leetul Gogoi, who tied the young man to the front of the vehicle was awarded the army chief’s commendation card. Colonel Aman Anand, an army spokesperson, said in a

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India State Government Blocks Social Media Access, ISPs In Restive Kashmir

Among those blocked were WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Snapchat, Tumblr, Skype and Viber.

Kashmir Human Shield

The Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday blocked nearly 22 social media websites alongside internet service providers for a period of one month or until further notice to get a grip on the escalating protests and clashes in the conflict-ridden region. The state government issued an order signed by the principal secretary in the state’s home

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Disturbing Video Shows Indian Army Using Protester As A Human Shield

An Indian Army spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said in a statement, “The contents of the video are being verified and investigated.”

Kashmir Human Shield

Video footage showing a young man tied to the front of an army vehicle being paraded in a village located in central Kashmir's Budgam district went viral last week over social media. A Hindi-speaker heard in the background says, "Stone throwers will meet a similar fate." An Indian Army spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said in a statement,

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Indian Security Forces Are Blinding Hundreds Of Protesters With Shotgun Pellets

In the past five months more than 6,000 people, mostly young men, have been injured by shotgun pellets, including hundreds blinded in one or both eyes.

Danish Rajab Jhat, 24, poses for a portrait in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. "My left eye is completely damaged and with my right eye I can only see some sort of shadows, not clear vision." Dec. 1, 2016. (AP/Bernat Armangue)

SRINAGAR, India — Indian authorities call the shotgun shells filled with hundreds of small metal pellets a "non-lethal" weapon for crowd control, but that does not make them harmless. They've inflicted a permanent toll on hundreds of Kashmiris hit by them. Their faces are scarred. Their eyes are damaged or simply gone, replaced with prosthetics.

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