Raihana Maqbool is a journalist based in Srinagar.
In Kashmir, entrepreneurship is no longer a male-only domain. More women are training for and starting their own businesses. Despite social pressures, they’re moving away from conventional professions and braving competitive and financially risky fields.
Amid pro-independence protests, violence and a curfew imposed by Indian police and other forces, dozens of “curfew schools,” equipped with borrowed or donated furniture and materials, are replacing regular schools that have been shuttered since early July. In community centers, mosques and private homes, volunteers — both experienced teachers and educated young people — instruct students.