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Spontaneous protests wrongfoot police, loosening India’s grip on Kashmir

PULWAMA, Kashmir: Images of students confronting police on campuses have come to symbolise Kashmiri protests against Indian rule in what Indian officials and separatist leaders say is a dangerous new phase of the conflict. The sharp rise in violence in recent weeks is more spontaneous than before, complicating the task of Indian security forces trained largely in counter-insurgency and poorly equipped to contain broader unrest. A political stalemate in Muslim-majority state is a further hurdle to resolving the…