Kashmir: Talking at Last

The British raj, which once controlled India's northwest frontier province of Kashmir, exacted a token annual tribute of two Kashmiri shawls and three handkerchiefs from the maharajah. Never since has the price of peace been as small. In the years after independence in 1947 split the Indian subcontinent into the sovereign states of India and Pakistan, the two nations have paid with strife and bloodshed to establish their conflicting claims over the disputed region. Last week, after 15 years of bitter wrangling, Indian and Pakistani delegates finally met in the Pakistan capital of Rawalpindi to seek a solution to the...

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