28 October, 2020

A Day In Paradise: 'No One Needs A Bullet To Kill... A Stone Can Do It' - Fear Factor Grips Kashmir Valley

Two weeks after J&K lost its statehood, an uneasy calm prevails over the Kashmir Valley. The silence is eerie but locals feel it's like a dormant volcano with violence waiting to erupt

Old Man & The Cycle
A lone bicyclist in a ­deserted Srinagar street
Photograph by PTI
A Day In Paradise: 'No One Needs A Bullet To Kill... A Stone Can Do It' - Fear Factor Grips Kashmir Valley
outlookindia.com
2019-08-23T15:42:10+05:30

It’s been a fortnight since Jammu and Kashmir lost its autonomy and became a truncated Union territory. These are testing times, sad times, desperate times, anxious times, uncertain times, angry times, lie-low times.… Like all roads, the one to Bandipora district in the Valley’s north is rigged with soldiers, armoured cars, and the occasional J&K Police constable spinning his lathi and trying to look pleased with the new order. Men of varying age are seen in small groups along the road. These are strange assemblies surr­ounded by martial law-style restrictions or curfews. They are silently soaking the balmy August sun peeking through monsoonal clouds; not a single stone in any hand to throw, no temptation either to shout a protest or pelt a rock at the soldiers on patrol.

They won’t talk, young men in warm pheran cloaks basking by a shuttered shop at Saderkote Bala village. As if they are done with the talking. They show least interest in reporters because “you will not show what we will tell you”. Please, we are not television,...

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