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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.


In Jammu and Kashmir, a state rich in water and hydropower, many villages lack electricity. As smoke from wood fires affects health and students are hampered, the villagers say they need power to move out of poverty, but they’re sceptical that will happen anytime soon.


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.


Street protests are nothing new in this area, where the land has long been contested and many Kashmiris believe they should govern themselves.

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