After Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, the region was thrown into turmoil. Many young entrepreneurs, once a source of employment and economic development in the region, had no choice but to close their businesses and seek opportunity elsewhere.
As India’s government scrambles to solve New Delhi’s worsening air pollution crisis, those who can’t afford luxuries like air purifiers have no choice but to endure the toxic air – and its devastating effects on their respiratory systems.
Threats to their safety aren’t new for people from Indian-administered Kashmir who live in other parts of India. But many now fear heightened backlash in the wake of the Feb. 14 attack on Indian armed forces.