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J&K Impressions: What Has Changed Since Article 370 Abrogation

How has Kashmir changed after Article 370 that gave J&K special status was abrogated more than four years ago and the state downgraded into two union territories?

During his first visit to the Valley after the government’s landmark decision in 2019, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale came back enriched.

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The security deployment isn’t as stifling as it used to be before, residents find it a lot easier to go about their daily lives, tourist footfalls have increased dramatically and businesses are buzzing.

Houseboats are full, the shikarawallahs are not complaining either. But there is certainly an underlying feeling of unease that separatist tendencies are lurking somewhere below the surface and that security forces cannot become complacent lest old tendencies make a comeback.

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Nitin A. Gokhale is a media entrepreneur, one of South Asia's leading strategic affairs analyst and author of over a dozen books so far on military history, insurgencies and wars.

Starting his career in journalism in 1983, he has since led teams of journalists across media platforms.

A specialist in conflict coverage, Gokhale has covered the insurgencies in India’s North-East, the 1999 Kargil conflict and Sri Lanka’s Eelam War IV between 2006-2009.

Gokhale now travels across the globe to speak at seminars and conferences, and lecture at India’s premier defence colleges. He has founded three niche portals, Bharatshakti.in, stratnewsglobal.com and Interstellar.news.