Monday, August 31, 2009

Kashmir rising: Indian troops killed

(BBC) Hundreds of thousands of troops are based in and around Kashmir, India, which is fighting a cold war with China on one border ("line of control") and a hot war with Pakistan (and Kashmiri insur-gents) on another part of the same border.

Kashmir is the gateway to Buddhist India (Ladakh) along the border with Tibet in the vicinity of Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

Suspected militants have now killed two Indian paramilitary soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say. The Central Reserve Police Force soldiers were shot at close range in a busy market near the historic Lal Chowk area in the summer capital, Srinagar. More>>

Map of India depicting "line of control" at top. The reason the "external boundaries of India on this map have not been authenticated and may not be corrrect" is that they are hotly contested with hundreds of thousands of soldiers in the area on all three sides. The dispute between regional super powers, even if settled, is not likely to be accepted least of all by a non-autonomous Kashmir.