14941 - COMMENTARY Fuelling the Rage in Kashmir A nuradha...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
COMMENTARY July 10, 2010 vol xlv no 28 EPW Weekly 14 Fuelling the Rage in Kashmir Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal ( Anusaba@ rediffmail.com ) is executive editor of Kashmir Times and a human rights activist. The current wave of anger that is sweeping across Kashmir is not the fallout of stone pelting by “miscreants” as the centre and the ignorant talk show elites of Delhi would have us believe. It is yet another outburst against the non-serious attitude of the central government and against a state government that has nothing to offer to the people of the State. What is new is that this time the public anger against the killing of children and teenagers has drawn in even the most apolitical of Kashmiris. For years, the Kashmiris waited for the India-Pakistan peace to draw them into consultations but they were ignored. When will the Indian state learn? I t took just a few days for Kashmir, thriving and bustling with tourists, to change into a ghost paradise, where the eerie silence is broken by the occasion- al stone pelting of the Jammu and Kash- mir Armed Police ( JKAP ) and the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF ) personnel, with the security forces tear-gassing and some times even opening fire. (At the time of writing, 5 July, the last such incident was reported from Kup- wara’s Seelo village on 2 July, resulting in injuries to two persons.) The empty roads are interrupted by the men in uniform marching in their full gear – helmets and bulletproof jackets to combat the enemy, the stone pelters. The uninterrupted hartals and curfews are still on, barring a day-long respite on 4 July. The Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has already announced a calendar of protests for the coming week. B efore this week ends, another fresh schedule will be chalked out and publicised. On Monday, 5 July, almost the e ntire Valley was under a curfew blanket. The situation is not likely to differ in the days to come given the likelihood of more hartals, march calls and continuum of protests, fuelled by a collective anger that only grows with each passing day. Recent Background When a nine-year-old child, who was said to have been looking for his mentally chal- lenged brother and was walking amidst the crowd of peaceful marchers to Sopore on 29 June, was among the two gunned down in firing by the CRPF and police, it fuelled a fury that spread to the other parts of Kashmir. Even the elderly joined the teenagers in not just stone pelting battles but also in hand to hand combat with armed uniformed personnel. The women came out in groups raising slogans, some even resorting to stone pelting. The anger spread to other parts of the Valley. The graph of anger shot up further, when
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 07/31/2010 for the course FIN 201 taught by Professor Hcverma during the Summer '10 term at IIT Kanpur.

Page1 / 3

14941 - COMMENTARY Fuelling the Rage in Kashmir A nuradha...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online