03 December, 2020

M-S-D: Three Musketeers Who Engineered Kashmir's Bloodless Coup, But Are Their Plans Sustainable?

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Ajit Doval use India's security muscle to the fullest to ensure J&K remains calm after the state lost its special status. But how long can the forces stand up to this pressure?

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A CRPF man stands guard near a concertina loop on August 5 in Jammu.
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M-S-D: Three Musketeers Who Engineered Kashmir's Bloodless Coup, But Are Their Plans Sustainable?
outlookindia.com
2019-08-25T12:32:39+05:30

In government circles, they’ve given the blueprint for Kashmir a snazzy name: ‘The MSD Plan’. That’s short for Modi-Shah-Doval. The last-named, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, is a man who likes to be known both for his periscope view of things, and for his passion for the nitty-gritty and hands-on fieldwork. The design and architecture of the present security blanket over Kashmir has his imprint. Doval had made regular visits to the Valley prior to the momentous decision on Article 370 and bifurcation. On his table were case-studies of past protests in the Valley that had spiralled out of control—the 2008 Amarnath land transfer controversy, the 2010 summer of unrest following an alleged fake encounter by the army, and the prolonged violent uprising in 2016 after the killing of Burhan Wani.

All those agitations had seen clashes between protesters and security forces that left over 150 dead and hundreds wounded. This is what Doval wanted to avoid at any cost. A series of hard decisions flowed from that logic: the suspension of phone and...

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