Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Commentary: Kashmir imbroglio once again

After six days of curfew and appeals for peace from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Minister of the state Mehbooba Mufti, Kashmir shows no signs of cooling down to normalcy. Far from it, there is a likelihood that the disturbances caused by the recent killing of Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces will continue to draw more and more supporters towards irreconcilable political position, namely secession. The killing of Burhan Wani was seen as a major trophy by the Indian government till his figure turned into a unifying symbol for the disenchanted youth of the valley in a matter of a few days after his death. The tough stance of the centre may backfire again and again if it continues with its policy of intimidation.

Burhan Wani according to several reports has come to symbolize a new phase in the Kashmir insurgency when the young militants are avoiding Pakistani patronage and trying to tread an independent path. Wani was also an exception in that he was active on the social media, openly revealing his identity rather than taking the cloak and dagger approach.

Kashmir is too badly entangled an issue for any specific article or news report to unravel. But this article gives the reader a simple factual account of the kind of injuries the Kashmiris have to bear even as bystanders these days.  The account is by no means comprehensive and only presents a slice of events from a few days but it surely makes it clear as to what kind of dangers the Kashmiris are facing on a daily basis and how insensitive the Indian state has become in its blind determination to execute a tough-headed approach, possibly all the way till we come face to face with unprecedented situations.  What those situations may be only time will tell. 

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