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In Kashmir Shops Are Closed and All Is Silent, But It’s Far From Peaceful

Heavily armed soldiers line the quiet streets, where traders and shopkeepers have shut their businesses in protest.

The Parimpora vegetable and fruit wholesale market in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

The Parimpora vegetable and fruit wholesale market in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

Photographer: Sumit Dayal/Bloomberg

Parimpora vegetable and fruit market in the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar is one of the largest in Asia, but on a mid-week day not one of its 250 shops was open for business.

It’s been like this since Aug. 5, the day Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government revoked almost seven decades of autonomy held by the restive state of Jammu and Kashmir. The shops are closed in protest, and on Thursday a crowd of more than 40 men gathered in a corner of the market. The anger was palpable.