Defence

India shouldn’t follow US narrative on Iran

Protest demonstrations have taken place in the Shia dominated areas of the Valley and Kargil against the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike by the US on January 3. Shias constitute about 14% of the population of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Because of historical reasons, Shias across the globe remain staunchly anti-US, and so is true of Kashmir. However, there is no sectarian division among Shias and Sunnis over anti-US sentiments there.

In the past, realising the strong Sunni underpinnings of the “jihadi” organisations operating from Pakistan, Shias in J&K by and large kept themselves away from these groups despite being derided by local Sunnis. Read More

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