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Sadbhavana and the Paradox of 'Winning Hearts and Minds'

Counter-insurgency in theory separates itself from conventional war by rendering the insurgent movement and its goals irrelevant. Concurrently, government is reinvigorated and welfare schemes implemented under the rubric of "winning hearts and minds" assuming that improved governance ameliorates ethnic grievances. The results of better government delivery are nullified when combined with practices such as collective punishment diminishing the little chance that institutions have of changing political beliefs as the examples provided from the Kashmir conflict show.
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