28 July, 2021

Kashmir Quagmire: The Legend Of ‘UNO Sahab’

Kashmiris invoke the United Nations to assert their collective identity and political will as central to the Kashmir issue and its resolution

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Kashmiris at UNMOGIP HQ, Srinagar
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Kashmir Quagmire: The Legend Of ‘UNO Sahab’

In the late 1980s, when the armed insurgency broke out in Kashmir Valley, Kashmiris celebrated what they saw as a signal of the imminent achievement of their self-determination as a people. As the government in New Delhi res­ponded with escalated counterinsurgency policies, hoping to stamp out the rebellion spreading across the region, the people’s jubilation soon gave way to protests, with unarmed Kashmiris from all walks of life thronging the streets in solidarity with the insurgents, demanding the release of political prisoners and denouncing alleged human rights abuses.

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