The Kashmir Conflict
"Conflict in Northern India -
What's the Kashmir conflict about: This is mainly a territorial conflict between India and Pakistan, where they've been fighting for the state of Jammu and Kashmir (or just Kashmir). China is also involved in this conflict.
The first war was from 1947-1949, again in 1965, and the last one was in 1999. India and Pakistan became independent countries in 1947, and that's when it all started.
India wants Kashmir as an integral part of the country, and wants Pakistan to stop supporting militants who perform terror acts along the border. On the other hand, Pakistan wants to give the people of Kashmir some "democracy" by giving them the opportunity to decide which country they want to join.
Pakistan and India have tried to find a peace solution, and the peace process started in 2004. But after the terror attacks in Mumbai in Nov 2008, the conflict rose again because India blamed Pakistan for the militant attacks. Their recent peace talk took place in Feb 2011.
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Happenings in Kashmir region:
2004: Attack on a mountain resort hotel in Kashmir - several Indian tourists dead
Oct 2001: Islamist attack in Srinigar
Read the news, and consult with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country. The tourism has been booming in Srinigar, especially between 2003 and 2005. Travelers have still been finding their way to Kashmir for the last years and tourism development continued into 2012.
BUT the situation can easily change. So do your homework and read updates on the Kashmir conflict.
And if it is any comfort, more people get killed by road accidents than militant attacks in Kashmir. Read this article:
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