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Kashmir’s Wular Lake Worth More Restored, But Will India Pay?

Tucked within Kashmir’s Himalayan foothills sits a freshwater lake that was once one of Asia’s largest. Long an inspiration to poets, beloved by kings, Wular Lake has been reduced in places to a fetid swamp. Just the sight of it makes Mohammed Subhan Dar feel sick. He admits he’s partly responsible. Dar was among dozens of villagers employed in the 1950s by the regional government to plant millions of water-sucking willows in the crystalline lake. The goal had been to create vast...

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