02 October, 2020

A Death In The Family

The Nadimarg killings have the Mufti in a bind. Whither the 'healing touch'? Updates

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A Death In The Family
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The brutal killing of 24 Kashmiri Pandits in the interiors of Nadimarg, south Kashmir, couldn't have come at a worse time. It has all but shattered the tentative peace which marked Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's five-month-old rule, raising questions about the new government's healing touch policy. Still, there is one enduring image of hope. Muslim pallbearers carrying the bodies of their Hindu brethren on their shoulders. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs pouring in from neighbouring villages, trying to console the bereaved, holding on to their own tears. One old Muslim man, white beard flowing in the wind, is inconsolable: "It's like they've taken away my brothers and sisters, my own little children..."

Forget the politician's rhetoric, the message is too transparent to be ignored. In the Valley as much as in Jammu, ordinary Kashmiris stand united against the politics of bloodshed and hatred.

The midnight massacre on March 24, close on the heels of the assassination of moderate Hizbul Mujaheedin leader Abdul Majid Dar, is an indicator of how violence once again threatens to eclipse...
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