Tral, the native town of the slain militant commander Burhan Wani, lost a father-son duo in the latest militant attack on an Army base camp.
Encounter sites which are not cleared and scanned properly post the incidents are proving to be death traps for locals, especially children.
Our constitution requires better from our executive, and our democracy is surely capable of generating more compassion than the current meanness of spirit we display towards Kashmir and Kashmiris.
No prosecution or ‘serious effort’ seen to prevent attacks by vigilante groups claiming to be BJP supporters.
The use of locals to carry out attacks represents a changed tactic for militant groups including Jaish-e-Mohammad in the Valley.
The ultimate battle of any counter-insurgency campaign lies on the psychological front.
The government believes the return of the footballer, who was emerging as militancy’s new poster boy, will lead to more surrenders as it mulls a new rehabilitation policy.
Thirty-two civilians, including political workers, have been killed in South Kashmir allegedly by militants this year, the police have said.
The women’s militia was a consequence of the turbulence which followed the end of the British Raj in August 1947 and the independence achieved by India and Pakistan.
The situation in Hajin, where a BSF constable was killed last week, continues to be volatile, with the police and army conducting search operations and locals allegedly supporting militants.
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.
The amount went to a man who lost seven members of his family in a terror attack 18 years ago, with the rights body saying the delay amounted to a glaring “violation of human rights”.
“If government policy changes from killing militants to arresting them, and ends monetary rewards, there will be no such encounters and no protests,” a rights activist says.
There has been unanimous condemnation of the attack on Amarnath yatris in Kashmir, and an outpouring of support and solidarity for the victims.
“The government thought by killing Burhan they will control militancy. But his martyrdom has infused new life to the movement.”
Feroz was a symbol of humanity in his village, where he promoted literacy, sports and organised picnics for children. His neighbours and friends say he was their leader, friend and guide.
Jammu and Kashmir police recently lost six young men in an ambush. But social media warriors seem to care only for likes and shares.
Dissatisfied with both the government and separatists, countless young people in Kashmir view local militants as the only ones willing to fight for them.
The repression and rigging of 1987 proved to many Kashmiris that the freedoms promised to them under the Indian constitution would be violated, not defended. Till today, 1987 continues to repeat itself.