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Mohammad Sadiq, 45, runs the Siachen Hotel in the town of Kargil, close to the Line of Control which separates Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir. Very popular with journalists, it was the only functional hotel during the Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999. Part of the hotel was damaged in Pakistani shelling, a grim reminder of the continued stand-off over Kashmir between the two nuclear neighbours.
I have been running the Siachen Hotel in the town of Kargil for the past 17 years. It was inaugurated in 1986.
Business this year has been the worst ever because of the border tension between India and Pakistan. There have hardly been any foreign tourists and we had many people calling us from overseas to cancel their bookings.
Every time there is an increase in tension between the two countries, we come under heavy bombing. We have to leave our homes, our belongings, our lives
This is a major transit point for mountaineers who enjoy trekking in the Himalayas. But this year the tourists have kept away and we have been wiped out.
Since the Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999 things improved a bit. Last year tourist traffic picked up. But not this year.
We desperately need India and Pakistan to sort things out once and for all. There has been too much violence and we need to put an end to it quickly.
Things are particularly bad for us because we are right on the frontline.
We are at the receiving end of Pakistan's heavy shelling and it has destroyed our lives.
Every time there is an increase in tension between the two countries, we come under heavy bombing.
"Business is bad because of the ongoing tension"
We have to leave our homes, our belongings, our lives. It disrupts us and we have suffered as a result.
It is particularly difficult for us to accept this reality because the separatist movement has not really been much of an issue in Kargil.
We back India and want to continue being a part of it. We have not had the kind of separatist violence that has affected other parts of Kashmir.
Despite that, we seem to have suffered more than most.
And since the 1999 clash, we have come into focus for all the wrong reasons. We have had a huge military presence and bases have come up all over.
Memories of the Kargil conflict
I still remember the Kargil conflict vividly.
Local shepherds, grazing their cattle in the mountains, noticed that some strange men had taken up positions on the mountain peaks.
They alerted the Indian army and it was only then that Indian troops were rushed to the area to begin defending the territory.
In the days that followed, the whole town emptied out. Our main market, which is normally bustling and full of people, was completely deserted. The only people around were journalists and other outsiders.
The residents of the town fled to nearby villages. People would travel back to Kargil once every week to see if their house was still standing - and leave right away til the next visit.
I really don't know what's in store for us. We hear that there are various initiatives to get all the sides together in a process of dialogue.
But until it happens and there is some kind of resolution, there is not much point in paying too much attention.
Sajjad Hussain, 19, is a student in a polytechnic in Kargil, Kashmir. His family is originally from Baltistan, which lies in Pakistan's disputed Northern Areas. Passionate about the issues that confront his generation he is involved in student politics. He has lived in Kargil all his life and lives at home with his parents and two sisters.
I grew up in Kargil and have lived here all my life. I am proud to be a Kashmiri.
Different ethnic groups live side by side in Kargil
This is a state rich in its cultural heritage. We have Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists living side by side and in harmony for generations.
Unfortunately, everything in Kashmir today has become associated with the religious divide. The Hindus and Buddhists who have lived with us for generations want out.
That is because their minds are being poisoned by interest groups and political parties - not because of any inherent problems between us.
Standing by India
The people of this part of Kashmir have always stood by India. When Pakistani intruders tried to cross into Kargil in the summer of 1999, we alerted the Indian army.
But look at our living conditions. We don't have proper roads, hospitals or schools. Kargil is the poorest corner of Kashmir - our markets are falling apart, our streets are filthy.
There are many young people in Kashmir today who are frustrated and disillusioned. They need something to look forward to and someone to look up to.
But even more than the Delhi government, we blame our state administration and the ruling National Conference.
They have done nothing to improve our lives. They get a huge amount of funds from the federal government.
The money passes from Delhi to the state government, ministers, bureaucrats and local administrators. After they have all taken their cut, what's left for us?
What this state lacks is leadership. We need somebody with vision and somebody who will look our for us.
I don't blame Delhi for all that's wrong with us. But I blame them for banking on Kashmiri politicians who only enrich themselves and care for no-one else's welfare.
We are being asked to vote and choose our representatives. Who do we pick? I haven't seen a single party or politician with a programme that talks about our problems or deals with issues close to our heart.
Divided and isolated
Kargil is an isolated town. We used to part of a larger state with close links to Baltistan and Gilgit, as well as the Kashmir Valley. Historically, we even had ties to Central Asia and Tibet. Our ancestors came from Iran.
But look at us today. We are split into three units - and divided between India, Pakistan and China. And now people want us to be divided further.
There are proposals, internationally-backed, to turn the Line of Control into an international border between India and Pakistan.
How can plans be made to divide us without consulting those who live here?
We live in constant fear of being shelled
We don't like Pakistan. We live in constant fear of being shelled by the Pakistani army. They destroy our homes and our lives
Today we were shelled for hours. Our new airport, which is yet to open, was targeted.
India has yet to get us an air link which will connect us to the rest of the country. Pakistan wants to ensure we stay unconnected. That's our reality.
India is a democratic country and we have faith in its democracy and its commitment to a multi-faith society.
All we ask for is for somebody to stand up for us and our aspirations. There are many young people in Kashmir today who are frustrated and disillusioned.
They need something to look forward to and someone to look up to.
We have dreams as well but at the moment we have no hope of turning them into a reality.