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March 5th, 2015

Kashmir: Can new government provide healing touch?

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March 5th, 2015

Kashmir: Can new government provide healing touch?

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

BoseThe alliance between India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the regional People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to govern Indian-administered Kashmir is the most hopeful development in the region in a quarter of a century, writes Professor Sumantra Bose on the BBC website.

The anti-India insurgency that erupted in Kashmir in 1989 has abated over the past decade, but the situation remains fragile and volatile – the Kashmir Valley, in particular, remains beset by simmering unrest.

The state is home to about 13 million of the disputed territory’s 18 million people; the rest live across the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

The Kashmir conflict has three main dimensions:

  • the sovereignty dispute between India and Pakistan as both claim the region in its entirety
  • the estrangement of the Kashmir Valley’s population from India
  • the differences between the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley and Hindu-dominated Jammu region

The BJP-PDP agreement offers the potential to apply the healing touch to the second and third dimensions.

Read the full article on the BBC news website here.

Image credit: composite from wikimedia PDP & BJP logo images.

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Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His latest book is Transforming India: Challenges to the World’s Largest Democracy (reviewed here).

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