This photograph taken on February 24, 2017 shows a general view of the ski slopes at Gulmarg in Indian-administered Kashmir. (AFP / Clement JAFFRE)
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Since the subcontinent's partition in 1947, Kashmir has been divided between the two nuclear-armed rivals who both lay claim to the picturesque Himalayan region in its entirety.Two of their three wars have been fought over the region while local separatists have been waging an insurgency on the Indian side since the late 1980s.But if Kashmir generally conjures up images of violence and bloodshed, regular visitors to Gulmarg see things rather differently.As for foreign skiers, there are only around 800 to 900 in a good year.Eager to promote what they regard as undiscovered gem, officials in Gulmarg have been in contact with the International Ski Federation.The aim is to have their runs graded as world class and thus eligible to host international events which would generate some much-needed positive publicity – especially if the contests are televised.
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