12 May, 2021

Autumnal Thaw: An Open Script

All sides in Kashmir circle warily around a gathering mandate for peace. Will it all end in dialogue?

The Otherlies
Rajnath poses for a selfie during his Kashmir visit
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Autumnal Thaw: An Open Script

A sudden spike in grenade att­a­cks notwithstanding, the security est­ablishment in Kashmir is optim­istic that the unilateral Ramzan ceasefire announced by the Centre a month ago would be extended bey­ond Eid. Sources say an extension, for which CM Meh­booba Mufti pressed ­during Union home minister Rajnath ­Singh’s recent visit to J&K, could even lead to talks with the separatists.

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That ­Rajnath could address a huge gath­ering of youngsters at Srinagar’s Indoor Stadium was ­touted as proof of how the ceasefire had imp­roved things. And yet he did not announce any ­decision to extend the ceasefire, originally meant to let the Ramzan month pass off peacefully. Coun­ter-insurgency operations had been...

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