Tehran is targeting the hearts and minds of Indian-controlled Kashmir's 1.4 million Shia Muslims. Once limited to India and Pakistan, the Kashmir conflict is now becoming much wider - and more explosive
Abhinav Pandya, a Cornell University graduate in public affairs, is a policy analyst specializing in counterterrorism, Indian foreign policy and Afghanistan-Pakistan geopolitics. He has written for the Vivekananda Foundation think tank, the Express Tribune (Pakistan), Huffington Post, Fair Observer (U.S.), Indian Military Review, Policy Perspectives Foundation (India) and Quint. He is currently undertaking a comprehensive research project on Wahhabi radicalization in India and is a consultant with Vidya Bhawan, Udaipur. Twitter: @abhinavpandya
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