Kargil, portion of the western Ladakh union territory, northwestern India, formerly part of northwestern Jammu and Kashmir state. The sector, centred on the town of Kargil, lies in the Zanskar Range of the Himalayas and shares the line of control between the portions of the Kashmir region administered by India and Pakistan. People in the region have been aghast at New Delhi’s revocation of Kashmir’s special status. Kargil town is a frontier district, during my time of visiting Kashmir was under security lockdown. The people lack facilities such as hospitals, schools, or employment opportunities, they live in the middle of a conflict zone.