ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Quarter Century of Exile

Kashmir's Pandits have been abandoned by a callous state and society, and cynical supporters.

It has been a quarter of a century since the current phase of protests and militancy began in Kashmir and there has been no solution or settlement in sight. These 25 years have seen tens of thousands of people killed by the bullets of the Indian state, separatists and fundamentalists, among them many thousands who have been killed in fake encounters and “disappeared” by the security forces and those buried in unmarked graves, and also the thousands who have been raped and tortured and jailed. The people of Kashmir have long suffered between the Scylla and Charybdis of militants and Muslim fundamentalists hijacking their demands for azaadi and the security forces targeting the civilian Muslim population as enemy hostiles, turning the entire Valley into a military camp.

This chapter, if it can be called thus, in the life of our “socialist, secular, democratic republic” is a blight which distorts everything else in it and is a warning to all those who are its citizens that this state of exception can well become the norm.

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