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Aijaz Hussain

Aijaz Hussain is an author at Religion News Service.

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Dalai Lama travels to remote Ladakh region bordering China

By Aijaz Hussain — July 15, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Officials said at least 20,000 people gathered all along the road to the Dalai Lama's summer palace, some 10 kilometers from the airport.

In Kashmir, ‘conscious music’ tests India’s limits on speech

By Sheikh Saaliq and Aijaz Hussain — July 5, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A new musical tradition blends progressive Sufi rock with hip-hop in an assertive expression of political aspirations.

India Hindus begin pilgrimage in Kashmir amid heavy security

By Aijaz Hussain — June 30, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In massive security arrangements, tens of thousands of police and soldiers carrying automatic rifles and wearing flak jackets have been deployed to guard the pilgrimage.

Minority Hindu Kashmiris protest killing of community member

By Aijaz Hussain — May 13, 2022
(AP) — Scores of the region’s minority Hindus, locally known as Pandits, took to the streets, blocking roads and demanding that Rahul Bhat's killers be brought to justice.

12 dead in crowd surge at popular Hindu shrine in Kashmir

By Aijaz Hussain — January 3, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A crowd surge at a popular Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 12 people and injured 15 others on New Year’s Day, officials said. Initial reports suggested an altercation between a group of devotees led to the crush early Saturday at the Mata Vaishnav Devi shrine, where tens of […]

In Kashmir, closed mosque belies India’s religious freedom

By Aijaz Hussain — December 16, 2021
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian authorities see the mosque as a trouble spot — a nerve center for protests and clashes that challenge India's sovereignty over the disputed Kashmir region.

India’s Modi invites pope to visit after 2017 plan collapsed

By Nicole Winfield and Aijaz Hussain — November 1, 2021
Modi is in Rome for the Group of 20 summit, and his visit to the Vatican marked the first time in more than 20 years that an Indian leader has met a pope.

Wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir

By Aijaz Hussain — October 20, 2021
Police blamed rebel group The Resistance Front, or TRF, for the killings. The region’s top police officer Dilbag Singh described the attacks as a “conspiracy to create terror and communal rift.”
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