India, Aug. 14 -- Two events six months apart have shaken Nazir Ahmad Magrey's life: The suicide bombing on February 14 that killed 40 paramilitary troopers barely 100 metres from his two-storey house overlooking the Jhelum; and the revoking of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu & Kashmir, on August 5.

The bomb attack - he initially thought it was a plane crash -- blew out his windows and shook the frame of his house, bringing the spectre of terror to his doorstep. He was questioned by the local police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after the strike that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

The nullification of Article 370, too, ratcheted up bilateral tensions. But Magray fears it can have very pe...