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Is Kashmir beyond Repair?

New Delhi’s hard line is closing all options for dialogue.

Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal writes:

The decision at an all-party meeting on 9 May, called by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, to beseech the central government to start a Ramzan ceasefire evokes more scepticism than hope. Hypothetically, if such a ceasefire is announced, it is difficult to predict its response in Kashmir where the new form of rebellion led by youth is articulated through guns and street protests. It is no longer a question of “alienation” and “anger” against repression. The rage on the streets shows definite signs of rebellion with no sense of fear of the bullets and pellets sprayed by security forces; and no signs of fatigue. It is a battle of do or die, whether it is driven by a sense of blind conviction, dictated by the strategy of bleeding India by killing or tiring its security personnel or a choice of defiance over constant humiliation. The huge trust deficit between Kashmir and New Delhi is fast eroding any faith in peaceful resistance. The recent case of a University of Kashmir faculty, who preached to his students about peaceful resistance and liberal ideas, joining militancy two days before he was shot dead, is a shocking reminder that this is no longer about choked spaces for peaceful expression; it is also about a lack of faith in peaceful resolution or resistance.

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Updated On : 17th May, 2018
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