Thousands of young men joined the Kashmir militancy in the 1990s, but those who survived see a new generation as more ‘potent and committed’ to Islamism, and more ready to die.
A struggling e-commerce and start-up community says it has become nearly impossible to build a sustainable business.
Mehbooba appraised the home minister on the steps taken to maintain peace in the Valley and discussed measures to protect pilgrims from future attacks.
“The government thought by killing Burhan they will control militancy. But his martyrdom has infused new life to the movement.”
Burhan Wani’s death was the trigger for the biggest upsurge in anger Kashmir had seen since 2010. An account by a reporter of the funeral provides a glimpse into an emotional dynamic that people in the rest of India seem unaware of.
The recruitment of child combatants – as volunteers or conscripts – whether by a militant group (like the Hizb) or the security forces is a violation of international humanitarian law.
In this turbulent time, the Kashmiri society and the Indian state need to form a mutually interdependent and harmonising communion rather than a confronting polarity.
The seemingly endless cycle of tragedy in Kashmir has now embarked on a melancholic phase of competitive iconography – that of Burhan Wani the militant and Umer Fayaz the martyr.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik says the current government is pushing a whole generation of Kashmiris towards armed struggle.
Some may see Abdullah’s statement in support of the stone-pelters as a departure from mainstream politics, but it is a familiar game that every political party has played in Kashmir when in opposition.
Villagers in Kashmir, who used to remain aloof from the conflict, are now prepared to die in order to save militants under siege.
Despite the number of youth joining militancy and cases of infiltration rising, the MHA insists that the situation in the state is on the mend.
General Bipin Rawat may be right to warn those who try to obstruct anti-militancy operations, but labelling separatism and militancy with terrorism is not the solution.
Security forces have been unable to incorporate new strategies to deal with the increasing number of youth joining militant outfits in Kashmir.
The traditional strike day was added back to the Hurriyat’s protest calendar after party member Hilal Ahmad War publicly protested its omission.
The recent verbal attack on Dangal star Zaira Wasim is symptomatic of an unholy entanglement of religion and politics that had led to a shrinking space for women in public life.
Mehbooba Mufti has said the state government has not received any reports to suggest that demonetisation had an impact in Kashmir.
With the ban lifted the ‘Kashmir Reader’ put out an eight page edition today, but editor Hilal Mir is still not sure why the ban was imposed at all.
The newspaper started publication and distribution for the first time after it was banned through an order passed by the district magistrate on October 2.
At a public convention attended by thousands on November 13, the PDP questioned the Hurriyat’s protest methods and what it aimed to achieve.
Businesses and school-going children have suffered the most from the long period of shutdown in the Valley.
The Yashwant Sinha-led delegation of “concerned citizens” has in its report observed that there is anger among the people due to India’s refusal to recognise Kashmir as a politically contentious issue.
Two Kashmiris are looking to do what Facebook has not so far – provide their fellow residents with a way to reach out to friends and family in times of crisis.
Twenty-eight schools have been set on fire in less than two months. The government and the separatists continue to trade blame for the attacks, with little effort to prevent them.
A report by People’s Union for Civil Liberties said the “brutal military methods” had only alienated the people who have lost faith in the democratic institution since complaints of excessive force had not been registered or properly acted upon.
Malik has been under detention since July 8, the day Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani was killed in Kashmir.
Dozens are being arrested under the Public Safety Act in Kashmir and shifted to jails inaccessible to their families.
Even as the Indian army focuses on fighting militants in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, we might do well to first better understand the churning within Kashmir.
According to police officials, curbs in the town were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the wake of the separatists call for a march to the area.
Separatist groups are spearheading the ongoing unrest in Kashmir and have been announcing weekly protest programmes with periodic relaxation on some days.
When the struggle against the tormentor becomes a torment itself, it is imperative to speak out.
Separatists have extended the protest programme till September 29 but have announced periods of relaxation on some days unlike last week.
The police in Kashmir are whisking away people in overnight raids and silencing voices of dissent over the Valley.
“The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world,” the Indian response said.
In a red rag to the Indian government, Sharif spoke of the “murder” of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whom he described as a “young leader”. India hits back, says this shows Pakistan’s “continued attachment to terrorism.”
The Indian response must be calm and measured, and must begin by establishing as complete a picture of the incident and its dramatis personae as possible.
The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society has challenged the order for Parvez’s 10 day judicial custody in a sessions court.
Karra’s decision may become a rallying point for the dissenting voices within the PDP, putting the already beleaguered government in more trouble.
What Eid is this, ask people in the Valley as an unprecedented curfew and communication blockade cut them off from each other – and from the spirit of a much-loved festival.
Curfew remained in place in all ten districts of Kashmir, while additional troops have been moved in south Kashmir for operation ‘Calm Down.’