Youth & Kashmir

In the last decade, the youth generation in Indian-administered Kashmir has emerged as a significant political actor in the movement for Kashmiri self-determination—or what is locally known as Tehreek. Comprising over 30 percent of the total population, Kashmiri youth (15-30 years old) are the main driving force behind the recent anti-India mobilizations (2008, 2010, 2016) in Kashmir, and as such are viewed by the Indian state as a major security challenge. The state frequently reports that these youths readily mobilize in anti-India protests and often clash with Indian security forces by throwing stones at them, especially during the gunfights between government forces and the local rebels.

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