Kashmiris are Indians. Most of the Hindu population has been uprooted from the valley because of targeted violence over 25 years, the population prior to this was approximately 55% Muslim, 45% Hindu, many of the Hindus today still live in refugee camps, others have dispersed over different parts of India. And Kashmir is Pakistan's raison d'etre now (as opposed to the secular, though mostly muslim country it was envisioned to be by its founder, M. Ali Jinnah), otherwise this issue would be long gone and life would be pretty tranquil. The part of Kashmir which Pakistan kept after invading in 1948 is as beautiful as any other part of Kashmir, actually thinking about it, its probably even more beautiful than the part controlled by India.
Great video, Gulmarg was a pretty remarkable place, kind of stairway to heaven, pristine and unspoilt, but things change, here's to hoping peace returns to the Kashmir valley - sustainable peace, not the relative quiet prevailing today (since Pakistan has a few other problems to tend to on its Western border and N-Western provinces)
China was handed a piece of North-Western Ladakh by the Pakistanis over two decades ago, it remains a disputed area - though Chinese control is pretty much hard to shake now - its called Aksai Chin.
But there are some rays of sunshine:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8507803.stmEdited by dustyfog - 2/15/10 at 7:38pm