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 December 8
 The Rubaiya episode

 December 9
 Bitter memories


 December 10
 The rulers, their doings


 December 11
 This man saw it all


 December 13
 Victims of the gun


 December 14
  Homeless in homeland

 December 15
 The UN stand


 December 16
  Wronged rights


 December 17
 Reviving the economy

 December 18
 How much longer?


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A mother's anguish
An ex-militant speaks

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The Kashmir map

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A decade after it exploded
into full-blown violence, the
paradise is hell.

At least 300 people are killed on an average every month. Many more maimed and missing. A generation rendered migrants.

    The 10 years have even robbed the Kashmiri of his capacity to cry. Now there is indifference to blood. Death is more familiar than life. And the semblance of normalcy that hovered on his horizon has vanished.

    Yet, the Indian government maintains that Kashmir is on the path to peace. "The locals don't support militancy anymore," officials tell you. "The situation has improved."

    Then how do you explain the recent wave of violence? The daring attacks on army camps? Heightened security operations? The recommendation to move in more troops by summer?

    How do you explain the overwhelming sense of alienation that still veils the valley?

    Hear what the Kashmiri says: "We still support militancy... A Kashmiri will never feel that he is an Indian. We will NEVER accept India."

    Is this the truth about Kashmir?

    December 8 marks 10 years since militants kidnapped then Union home minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's daughter, Rubaiya. That incident is touted as the turning point in the Kashmir insurgency.'s Chindu Sreedharan presents a 10-part series on where the conflict stands and where it is headed.

    Day 1: Kidnap!
    "There was no sympathy for Rubaiya. The people were all with the militants." Reliving that day 10 years ago.

    Additional Reportage: Josy Joseph, Mukhtar Ahmad, Amberish K Diwanji

    Design, illustrations and photographs: Lynette Menezes
    Additional Photographs: Meraj-ud-din, Jewella C Miranda