ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Jammu and Kashmir: Winning a Battle Only to Lose the War?

The brutal suppression of the peaceful mass protests that swept across Kashmir in August has restored New Delhi's "control" of the Valley. The centre may have won this battle, but it has lost the war and if it was not apparent before it should be obvious now that the people of Kashmir no longer have faith in the constitutional processes. The allocation of land for the Amarnath yatra controversy that triggered an explosion first in Kashmir and then led to agitations in the Jammu division, and the State's differential response to the demonstrations in these two parts of Jammu and Kashmir have signalled a message to the people in the Valley that they cannot expect justice and dignity from an increasingly communalised state apparatus.

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