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Kashmir: Another Phase of the Tragedy?

Are the "Ikhwanis" being pressed to resume their stellar role in the counter-insurgency in Kashmir?

When it comes to Kashmir, official mendacity seems to cross all bounds. So even a prominent member of the Establishment felt that the Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar’s open advocacy of “kaante-se-kaanta-nikaalte-hain” (a thorn to remove a thorn) counter-insurgency tactics was “terrible” and that he should withdraw his out-of-line statement forthwith. “You have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only,” Parrikar had insisted, but the Establishment, which knows this only too well that this has been the norm in Kashmir since 1994, obviously does not consider it prudent to admit to it openly. One knows the Establishment’s art of propaganda, though it is very hard to effectively counter it, what with big media on its side. Be that as it may, one should never forget the past—memory has to be kept alive.

Here, of course, memory takes one on a passage to hell. You cannot but encounter the demons of violence. But as one goes through the horror, the grotesque and the macabre, one should never lose one’s capacity to reflect, one’s faculty to be in empathy with the feelings of the Kashmiri people. In a way, the truth about the Indian Establishment is revealed in Kashmir—cruel, destructive and malicious.

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