How Srinagar is preparing for a G20 meeting


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On a rainy morning on May 4, a group of workers reached a major crossing in Srinagar city centre. They walked up to a sandbag bunker – one among the scores of similar structures from behind which security personnel watch the city. Within three hours, the pile of sandbags had been covered with a structure made out of blue iron sheets, with a wire mesh in front to allow a soldier to look out. The final touch? A billboard with the G20 logo and images of the snow-clad mountains in Gulmarg, Kashmir’s popular ski resort, was stuck in front. The...