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Kashmiri Pandits’ return to Valley is a must for ‘idea of India’. But here are the obstacles

The tragedy of Kashmiri Pandits remains underreported and needs multiple retellings, even as the 30th anniversary of exodus witnesses a vow of return: Hum Wapas Ayenge.
Sig Sauer

Indian Army’s Northern Command in Kashmir Valley gets American assault rifles

India has signed a more than Rs 700 crore-contract to equip the Army with 72,400 American SiG Sauer rifles to improve combat operations against terrorists in Pakistan and PoK.
Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti

Abdullahs, Mufti & other detained Kashmiri leaders could be moved out to beat harsh winter

Authorities in J&K would ideally want the relocation to happen before the 40-day period of peak winter, Chilla-e-Kalan, begins on 21 December.
The report has also listed the deployment of J&K and paramiltary forces personnel as contributory factors to preventing violence | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

J&K cops credit counter-insurgency ops that killed 388 militants for no violence since 5 Aug

In internal assessment report, police said the operations, which began in 2018, have left militant outfits in Kashmir without organisational structures.
A deserted street ahead of Muharram

Srinagar tense ahead of Muharram test as lockdown, pellets leave residents fuming

Srinagar residents plan processions on Muharram despite security clampdown, say it's unfair to stop followers from observing festival that holds deep meaning for them.
Centaur Hotel in SKICC compound in Srinagar

Chapatis, dal & rice and a lot of TV — how J&K leaders are spending time in detention

Top J&K politicians including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti & others, were taken into custody on 5 August, after govt scrapped Article 370. They have been kept at Centaur Hotel.
A security personnel stands guard near a blocked road during restrictions in Srinagar. | PTI

Pakistan reviving days of Kashmir militancy by pushing Afghan terrorists into India: Intel

Intelligence inputs suggest that nearly a dozen potential infiltrators of Afghan origin have been identified at a PoK terrorist launchpad.
Security personnel stand guard at a check point during restrictions in Sringar

Restrictions ease, but families of detained J&K leaders say it’s tougher to meet them now

Dozens of Kashmiri politicians remain holed up at detention centres around the Valley over two weeks after Article 370 was abrogated.
Lal Chowk, Srinagar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Barricades in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk removed after more than a fortnight, say officials

Though restrictions were lifted in several places in Kashmir Valley, security forces remain deployed throughout to ensure law and order.

Tears, tea & a gift of almonds: How a Kashmiri Pandit was welcomed back in the Valley

The reopening of Roshan Lal Mawa's shop in Srinagar was a big affair, with neighbours, acquaintances and old friends turning up in hordes for a hug.

On Camera

UP anti-CAA protest and police

UP Police didn’t become anti-Muslim under Yogi. Look at secular Congress’ bloody past

It was 1972 and Indira Gandhi was the PM and HM. Muslims were protesting a law curtailing autonomy of AMU. And then secular Congress set a template for state action.

Should Delhi’s Republic Day parade be held in a state capital every year?

As India celebrates its 71st Republic Day of the Constitution coming into force, many ask if this extravagant display in New Delhi is really necessary in the 21st century.

Defence

Mi-17 V5 chopper | Wikimedia commons

Pilots of IAF chopper shot down in friendly fire in Budgam awarded gallantry medals

Four other IAF personnel on board the chopper have been awarded ‘Mention-in-Despatches’ posthumously by the President.

The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.