Author profile: Saeed Ahmed Rid

Saeed Ahmed Rid is a Commonwealth Academic Scholar and a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at South Asian Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, UK. In Pakistan he teaches at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan and can be reached at,

During the last three weeks of my trip to India, I was finished shooting the clean water access essay and looking for something else to do.  I don't last well doing the tourist thing.  Although Kashmir and Ladakh are both cliche regions for photojournalists, I wanted to try my luck contrasting people in occupied, and disputed, territories.  High snow levels prevented me from hitchhiking through Kargil on to Leh, but I was able to spend a week dodging the military and looking for good scenes to capture.

This image is from a parade from Lal Chowk to the Hindu temple as a part of whatever festival occurs on 14 April.  Hindus are a minority in the region, and my impression was that extra security forces showed up to make sure nothing happened.  Through intimidation.

India and Pakistan: Formalizing the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement

If the 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan is formalised with clear rules and regulations it should reduce the chances of future ceasefire violations.

Is the India-Pakistan Conflict Really Intractable?

Is the India-Pakistan Conflict Really Intractable?

The issue of terrorism must be delinked from the peace dialogue and sports exchanges, as well as people-to-people contacts, in order for a more durable peace process.

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