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August 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of Hindu protesters set fire to a police post in Jammu city in Indian Kashmir, defying a curfew. Hindu crowds also set fire to a government apartment, and hundreds, including children, marched to police stations and courted arrest as part of their movement to flood the region's jails in a civil disobedience campaign over a dispute about land for a Hindu shrine. At least 12 people, including four policemen, were injured when they clashed in three places in Jammu, Indian Kashmir's winter capital, police said.
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December 19, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables have sparked a political battle in India, putting the ruling party on the defensive with their disclosures on alleged human rights violations and religious extremism. Most damaging to the Congress Party was a cable reporting that Rahul Gandhi, scion of India's first political family and pegged by many as the nation's next prime minister, told the U.S. ambassador last year that hard-line Hindu groups in India could be a bigger threat to the country than Pakistan-based Islamic militants.
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December 19, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Leaked U.S. diplomatic cables have sparked a political battle in India, putting the ruling party on the defensive with their disclosures on alleged human rights violations and religious extremism. Most damaging to the Congress Party was a cable reporting that Rahul Gandhi, scion of India's first political family and pegged by many as the nation's next prime minister, told the U.S. ambassador last year that hard-line Hindu groups in India could be a bigger threat to the country than Pakistan-based Islamic militants.
OPINION
September 18, 2010
The news from Kashmir in recent months is sadly reminiscent of another conflict — the first intifada in the Palestinian territories, which broke out two decades ago. Now, as then, crowds of angry young men throw rocks at security forces trying to control demonstrators demanding independence. Separatist leaders call more stone-tossing youths out to the streets, police employ harsher tactics against them, and the battle escalates. In this case, the Kashmiris are fighting against Indian rule, and nearly 100 lives have been lost in the clashes of the last three months.
OPINION
September 18, 2010
The news from Kashmir in recent months is sadly reminiscent of another conflict — the first intifada in the Palestinian territories, which broke out two decades ago. Now, as then, crowds of angry young men throw rocks at security forces trying to control demonstrators demanding independence. Separatist leaders call more stone-tossing youths out to the streets, police employ harsher tactics against them, and the battle escalates. In this case, the Kashmiris are fighting against Indian rule, and nearly 100 lives have been lost in the clashes of the last three months.
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March 7, 1987 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
"Blueland" attacked "Redland" in the Great Indian Desert, with armored columns moving swiftly toward Bikaner, scattering herds of gazelles and feral camels. MIG-21 fighter planes and Hind helicopter gunships dived out of the hazy blue sky, and on the ground more than 150,000 men slogged through the sand. Operation Brass Tacks, the largest military exercise ever in South Asia, was under way Thursday between two theoretically non-existent countries.
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June 1, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an ominous reflection of fears over war in South Asia, the United States on Friday urged more than 60,000 Americans to leave India immediately and authorized the departure of nonemergency U.S. personnel as soon as possible. The voluntary evacuation came as a classified Pentagon report estimated that as many as 12 million people would die and an additional 6 million would be injured in the first weeks of a war involving nuclear weapons on the volatile subcontinent.
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October 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The federal government assumed direct rule over India's Jammu and Kashmir state because lawmakers failed to agree on a coalition government after state elections. The temporary move put Gov. Girish Chandra Saxena in charge until state parties agree on a new government. No party won a majority in the state legislature, and two of them -- the Congress and People's Democratic parties -- were arguing over which would get the post of chief minister if they formed a new ruling coalition.
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September 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Only a trickle of people in Srinagar, the main city in the Indian-held part of Kashmir, voted in state elections after a morning gun battle left two suspected Islamic militants dead. Turnout was 11% in Srinagar, but voters in the Jammu and Badgam regions of Jammu and Kashmir state were less daunted, boosting turnout in the three districts that voted to 42%.
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March 24, 1992
Security forces on both sides of the disputed Indo-Pakistani border region of Jammu and Kashmir have been placed on full alert for today's scheduled suicide charge by Muslim militants, whose armed struggle to create a separate state in the Himalayan region already has left nearly 2,000 dead in two years.
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August 15, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Down a 15-foot-wide alley of shuttered shops in Srinagar's Batmaloo neighborhood, stone-throwing protesters and police face off under a blazing midday sun. Most of the rocks thrown by demonstrators miss their mark, but when one lands, a loud cheer erupts. Dozens of officers, some with slingshots, answer in kind, roaring with glee whenever their projectiles strike protester flesh. While this may look like a collection of overgrown children, it's a decidedly deadly game. At least 57 protesters have been killed since early June — including two Saturday — by security forces opening fire who opted for guns over stones against unruly mobs.
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August 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of Hindu protesters set fire to a police post in Jammu city in Indian Kashmir, defying a curfew. Hindu crowds also set fire to a government apartment, and hundreds, including children, marched to police stations and courted arrest as part of their movement to flood the region's jails in a civil disobedience campaign over a dispute about land for a Hindu shrine. At least 12 people, including four policemen, were injured when they clashed in three places in Jammu, Indian Kashmir's winter capital, police said.
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March 28, 2004 | Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer
For years, Indian troops fighting Muslim separatists in Jammu and Kashmir got tips about a pending attack or a militant hide-out from locals who slipped hand-scribbled notes into innocuous gray boxes scattered around towns. But now that Indian authorities have eased communications restrictions in the disputed region, troops employ the airwaves to solicit information -- and, they say, to save lives.
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April 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A powerful explosion ripped through a courthouse in the town of Pattan in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, killing three people and injuring 34, police said. They named no suspects, but the attack came the same day as other killings in the region were blamed on separatist guerrillas. Two soldiers and two suspected separatists were killed in a border post attack in Bandipore.
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October 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The federal government assumed direct rule over India's Jammu and Kashmir state because lawmakers failed to agree on a coalition government after state elections. The temporary move put Gov. Girish Chandra Saxena in charge until state parties agree on a new government. No party won a majority in the state legislature, and two of them -- the Congress and People's Democratic parties -- were arguing over which would get the post of chief minister if they formed a new ruling coalition.
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September 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Only a trickle of people in Srinagar, the main city in the Indian-held part of Kashmir, voted in state elections after a morning gun battle left two suspected Islamic militants dead. Turnout was 11% in Srinagar, but voters in the Jammu and Badgam regions of Jammu and Kashmir state were less daunted, boosting turnout in the three districts that voted to 42%.
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May 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Fourteen people have been killed in separatist violence in India's northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. An army officer and three police officers were among seven people killed in a gun battle between security forces and separatists in Akhnur, west of Jammu. Elsewhere, five separatists and two others were killed. Officials say more than 30,000 people have been killed in separatist violence in the Himalayan region since 1990.
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June 1, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an ominous reflection of fears over war in South Asia, the United States on Friday urged more than 60,000 Americans to leave India immediately and authorized the departure of nonemergency U.S. personnel as soon as possible. The voluntary evacuation came as a classified Pentagon report estimated that as many as 12 million people would die and an additional 6 million would be injured in the first weeks of a war involving nuclear weapons on the volatile subcontinent.
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