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Praveen Krishna Swami

In: India's 2009 Elections: Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity

Chapter 16: Jammu and Kashmir: Ethnic—Religious Crisis and Electoral Democracy: Jammu and Kashmir Elections, 2008 and 2009

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Jammu and Kashmir: Ethnic—Religious Crisis and Electoral Democracy: Jammu and Kashmir Elections, 2008 and 2009
Jammu and Kashmir: Ethnic—religious crisis and electoral democracy: Jammu and Kashmir elections, 2008 and 2009
PraveenKrishnaSwami

Islamist political flags fluttered from atop the clock tower in Srinagar's historic Lal Chowk tower on August 15, 2008, the anniversary of India's independence.

Even during the worst days of the long jihad in J&K, Indian forces in Srinagar had ensured that the national flag flew from the Lal Chowk tower. As usual, security force personnel had hoisted India's flag at Lal Chowk that morning. But later that afternoon, Islamist protestors marched on Lal Chowk. With strict orders not to use force on the unarmed protestors, police stationed at Lal Chowk brought down the flag and withdrew.1 ...

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