Around this time in 2006 I was in Srinagar and surrounds for a week. It did not take me too long to recognize that Kashmir is not part of India but it is occupied by India.
The streets of Srinagar are like a fortress with Indian troops drawn from the lower mainland staring menacingly at folks as they go about their business.
When I arrived at the airport it reminded me of arriving at any airport in apartheid South Africa. There were police checkpoints everywhere. I signed more papers and had my luggage checked over and over again.
A week later the road to the airport was closed off and passengers had to walk the last mile or so or take police-approved taxis.
The picture above is from the Mail & Guardian (South Africa) and it captures a frustrated Kashmiri man venting his anger at police on the streets of Srinagar today.
More power to him ... Kashmir does not belong to India or Pakistan.