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Kashmir’s ski resort waits for visitors after just one day of snow this winter

As tourists cancel trips to Gulmarg amid an unprecedentedly warm season, thousands of Kashmiris who rely on snowfall face ruinAs evening draws near, Bashir Ahmad Bhat is still waiting for his first customer of the day. Seven years ago, Bhat, 34, gave u…

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Arundhati Roy is being hounded by the Indian state. This is a test case for its democracy | Meena Kandasamy

That the author could be prosecuted for comments made 13 years ago is absurd – but also a deadly threat to freedom of speechThe climate for media and free speech in India is in a dangerous place. The country is already ranked 161 out of 180 countries i…

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Not seeing the trees for the wood: willow shortage could spell end for Kashmir’s cricket bat industry

The climate crisis and farmers opting to grow more lucrative timber is putting many bat-makers in Kashmir out of businessFor more than 100 years they have been making cricket bats from Kashmir’s willow trees. Along the highway leading to the town of Sa…

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‘Bulldozer politics’: Modi’s demolition drive fuels Muslims’ fears in Kashmir

Violence and censorship rife among citizens and the media, as push to reclaim state land belies Indian government’s claims of peace in disputed regionSuhail Ahmad Shah stood despairingly before the wreckage that for two decades had been his livelihood….

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