In this edition, FRANCE 24’s special correspondents Kostia Prodromides and Priyanka Zindaba took their camera to Kashmir. Behind the region's harmonious landscape, lies a land torn by bitter conflict.
Kashmir is cornered between three nuclear powers: India, Pakistan and China. The former controls 60 per cent of the land, while its regional rival Pakistan and neighbouring China administer 30 per cent and ten per cent of the territory respectively.
On November 17th, polls opened for state elections in some parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir, which is 95 per cent Muslim, whereas neighbouring Jammu is predominantly Hindu. Fuelling the mix is the fact that many of the candidates running come from some of the more radical groups. As for the Muslim separatist groups they urge to boycott the ballot entirely.
Nonetheless New Delhi is doing all it can to make sure the vote is held - in part to legitimize its 60-year rule.