Elections in Indian-administered Kashmir have for the most part been viewed with deep scepticism. Many Kashmiris say the process is illegitmate and futile. As a result, boycotts and low voter turnout have been common.
But things may be changing in the conflict-ridden region. The latest state assembly elections attracted a record number of Kashmiris to the polls, with a voter turnout not seen in 25 years.
Indian observers say it proves Kashmiris are more willing to engage in the political process. But that’s not a view shared by everyone – many Kashmiris are still deeply suspicious of New Delhi’s plans for Kashmir.
Inside Story asks whether a shift is afoot in Kashmir. And what the future of the region looks like under a Narendra Modi government.
Presenter: Sami Zeidan
Saba Naqvi: Political Editor of Outlook Magazine.
Victoria Schofield: an independent analyst on Kashmir and author of Kashmir in Conflict
Mushaal Mullick: chairwoman of the Peace and Culture Organisation and wife of jailed separatist leader, Yasin Malik.