chapter  5
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YEARS OF RETREAT AND REVIVAL

For a few hours in the autumn of 1966, it may have appeared to villagers near Sopore that war had broken out again. Shots were fired; men were killed. Journalists came in to witness the firefight, which, though small in scale, provoked a sensation. Then, almost as suddenly as it had begun, the affair was forgotten. “Least did anyone realize”, a journalist later recalled, “that this would become a major turning point in Kashmir’s recent history”.2