20 January, 2021

Why No Shaheen Bagh In Kashmir?

‘Tsunami victims cannot mourn those displaced by a storm.’

‘Pro-India’ Kashmiri
The Abdullahs of NC
Why No Shaheen Bagh In Kashmir?

Barring a protest called by the CPI(M) in Jammu, where a few dozen people showed up, the Muslim-majority regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been quiet on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Law enforcement agencies were more concerned about thwarting any protest in which Kashmiris shout Azadi slogans. “Victims of a tsunami cannot be expected to mourn those displaced by a storm,” quips a retired government official. Since August 5, 2019, when Article 370 of the Constitution was abrogated amid additional paramilitary deployment, communication lockdown and arrests of thousands, including three former CMs, the government has followed a zero-tolerance policy towards protests in the Valley. Government forces have fired thousands of pellets on protestors in Srinagar’s old city. The Valley observed shutdown in protest against Republic Day, while the tricolour was unfurled at the anti-CAA protest site in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh celebrating the occasion. The Azadi slogan is indeed the only commonality between protests in the Valley and those outside....



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