The Trail Of Blood
- In May 2011, Jaswant Singh, newly elected sarpanch of Chak Salariavillage in Samba district was killed.
- In February 2012, Gulzar Ahmad Dar, sarpanch of Hawoora-Misshipora village, Kulgam district, was gunned down. (left) Mourners at his funeral.
- On September 10, Ghulam Mohammad Yatoo, sarpanch of Raipora village was killed by unknown gunmen
- On September 23, naib-sarpanch Mohammad Shafi Teli killed in Nowpora village. Police say personal enmity.
The security of citizens in a militancy-battered state where tens of thousands have been killed in a bloody separatist conflict is ‘Political Science 101’: an elementary fundamental of governance. In 2011, India’s efforts to establish ‘grassroots’ democracy in Jammu & Kashmir—where 72 per cent of the population lives in rural areas—reached fruition. The state’s first “real” panchayat elections in 33 years saw 79 per cent of...