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Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today's India

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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — After centuries of traversing the Himalayas, life is changing for Indian-controlled Kashmir's Bakarwal nomads. They have seen cities close in on their grazing lands, hostility from locals if they build permanent homes and this year, a horrific gang-rape and death of a child — a crime committed to drive them away.

For generations, the Muslim Bakarwals have traveled between summer pastures in the Himalayas and winter grazing grounds in the lowland plains, herding their goats, sheep and horses.

Like many of India's religious minorities, they are now feeling increasingly isolated as attacks by Hindu extremist groups have risen after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, was swept into power in 2014.

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