27 November, 2020

Boots Off The Ground

Many argue that demilitarisation would help build confidence in Kashmir

Soldiers storm a house where two rebels are holed up, Feb 2016
Photograph by Getty Images
Boots Off The Ground

It can happen at any time. Amid an uneasy calm, they go about their business, identity cards always at the ready in a déjà vu harking back a quarter of a century. Fear prevails as they look over their shoulders, knowing that the soldiers might emerge at any moment from their camps planted deep in the poplar fields and apple orchards. The people know they mustn’t be caught with any damning evidence—and this is where the new age shows its face and we see that it’s not just a flashback, as they make sure to erase from their mobile phones any photographs or videos of militants, and indeed anything relating to the conflict.

Read Also: The Human On The K-Table: Time For A New Narrative To Break Logjam in Kashmir

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