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Azaadi Is Not the Only Way

Azaadi Is Not the Only Way

Is azaadi the only way for the unending violence, the pain and alienation in Jammu and Kashmir, specifically in the Kashmir Valley, to come to an end? Every time the peak in the rage and violence appears to have reached, there is another outrage, rape, killing or whatever provides the fuel for a fresh mobilisation of popular rage. The killing of Tufail Ahmed Matto in early June was in no way a defi ning moment; rather, it was a mere speck in this continuum of violence and resistance and violence, and more alienation.

As against the self-delusional belief of the Government of India that if only the state holds out and carries on with “masterly inaction” (like appointing task forces or expert committees or interlocutor teams or whatever) the troubles will disappear, is the harsh reality of an increasingly strident assertion of the militancy and, more to the point, the weakening of what was till the other day an axiomatic rejection of any possibility of the separation of Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of the country among many democratic-minded Indian people.

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