20 October, 2020

Way Ahead: Only A Perception Change Can Prevent Rise Of Anti-India Sentiments in J-K

The political narrative in Kashmir has changed after youths took over the reins of dissent. Unless New Delhi changes tack, Kashmir will slip away.

Way Ahead: Only A Perception Change Can Prevent Rise Of Anti-India Sentiments in J-K
outlookindia.com
2018-07-06T12:28:38+05:30

The country has withstood the worst period of militancy in Kashmir, but, given the fraught situation that currently exi­sts, an urgent political intervention is needed. New Delhi seemingly failed to grasp the change in Pakistan’s strategy since China’s launch of the $62 billion CPEC project in April 2015, aimed at bolstering Pakistani economic growth.

Pakistan’s support to separatist militancy in Kashmir remains unabated, but since 2016, it has attempted to indigenise the movement. While India has stuck to “meeting fire with fire”, Pakistan may have rebooted its strategy by effectively creating new layers of indigenous groups involving fresh recruits. Islamabad’s aim was to wriggle out of Kashmiri militancy, at least outwardly.

From India’s perspective, a popular uprising in Kashmir cannot be controlled despite using hard force since 2016. Instead, it may have resulted in permanently losing the hearts and minds of people. The political narrative in Kashmir has changed after youths took over the reins of dissent. Things...

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