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There are more than 100,000 disabled children in conflict-ridden Kashmir. Had Javed Ahmad Tak not been shot, there might still not be a single school to cater for them.

The late 1990s was a time when the separatist insurgency in Kashmir – and the Indian government’s fierce response to it – was at its peak. Gunfights, military cordons, beatings and abductions were a regular feature across towns and villages in the region.

Javed Ahmad Tak, a senior college student from Southern Kashmir’s Bijbehara town, had been…


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