This, for a total population of around 12 million residents.
Kashmir's might be the only contemporary armed insurgency that operates solely on the merits of the legendary AK-47.
The overall insurgents-forces kill ratio since 1989 is about 4:1 (22,000 militants to 5500 forces personnel).
An Indian Brigadier begrudgingly told a friend of mine that this kill ratio means is the sign of a successful insurgency because a couple of hundred insurgents armed with nothing more than AK-47 rifles are pitted against half a million soldiers, paramilitary forces and policemen.
, that the average insurgency post-1945 has lasted 14 years.
The Kashmir insurgency is still going strong and has entered an unprecedentedly resurgent mode in its 30th year.
A month earlier he had been canvassing for student elections in one of the most prestigious Indian universities, the Aligarh Muslim University.
Media reports suggested that harassment by Indian troops at a highway check post led him to the decision, exposing just how thin the line between a normal life and a life marked for death can be.
What has rattled the Indian state since 2014 is the phenomenon of civilians coming in between insurgents and government forces during a gunfight in a bid to help the besieged, outnumbered and outgunned militants escape.
Indian forces have killed at least 30 civilians, including about six women, during such rescue protests (protests aimed at saving militants) in the past four years.