19 September, 2020

Kashmir Needs A New Narrative To Break The Logjam

If India is to prosper as a truly democratic nation, it cannot allow a sizeable section of its citizens—the Kashmiris—to live in perpetual disenchantment and despair, writes Ruben Banerjee.

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(From left) Nayeema Mehjoor, Aga Ruhullah Mehdi, Lt Gen D.S. Hooda, Seshadri Chari, Barkha Dutt, P. Stobdan, Gowhar Geelani, Abdul Majeed Banday and Basharat Ali
Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Kashmir Needs A New Narrative To Break The Logjam

The sea of mourners at the recent funeral of a ­Lashkar-e-Toiba militant killed by security forces in Anantnag of south Kashmir reemphasised what we have already known, but refuse to ­readily acknowledge: an ever-deepening divide that separates the people of the otherwise picturesque region from the rest of the country, including the rulers in Delhi.

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The turnout at the funeral was also proof that with every ‘success’ registered by the security forces, we are not ­getting any closer to a resounding victory.

If anything, these ‘successes’ help in feeding local ­grievances and losing more ‘hearts and minds’. Lives are being lost without any tangible gains. Kashmiris are bearing the brunt of the turmoil, but even India is bleeding, with...



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