Latest Issue

Letter from Kashmir

After the earthquake, the one glimmer of hope was that India and Pakistan might hasten their reconciliation. Sadly, they're still squabbling

By Simon Long   December 2005

It was an easy mistake. The Ukrainian helicopter crew was blameless. The map co-ordinates provided by the UN in Islamabad were slightly awry. One remote valley in this terrain looks much like another—conifer-studded hillsides, streaked with landslide scars. The helicopter was supposed to take a group of UN officials and journalists to the earthquake-devastated village of Chinari in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. Instead, it landed a few miles away on one of the Indian army’s helipads, on the wrong side of the line of control (LoC) that divides Kashmir in the absence of an agreed international border.

Not long ago, this could…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect