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

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Grief and Rage in Kashmir

India and its politicians must introspect as to why there has been such a mass outpouring of grief and support for Burhan Wani, a militant who was killed in an “encounter.” News reports confirm that over 30 unarmed protestors have been killed by the police and scores more have been injured. The death toll itself indicates and reports confirm that the lethal force used by the security forces was absolutely disproportionate. Some reports suggest that even hospitals and ambulances are being targeted. This only shows that even those wishing to express solidarity with Wani are willing to do so under the gravest of risks.

How can any democracy allow the killing of unarmed protestors? And not spend a moment to reflect on and mourn the situation? Sadly this is not an aberration in Kashmir’s history. In 2010 too over a hundred people were killed while protesting.

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