Indian troops martyr two Kashmiri youth in Kupwara
SRINAGAR—In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district, today.
The troops killed the youth during a violent military operation near Tangdhar in district. Earlier, one Indian soldier was reportedly injured in an attack in the same area.
A top police official claimed that the martyred youth were militants and were killed in an encounter with Indian troops. The operation continued till reports last came in.—KMS
SHUJAAT BUKHARI OR the last few months palpable anger has been pre cipitating in Kashmir and that defines a new phase of insecurity that has gripped people’s minds. It has come with the slew of assertions about setting up something new in Kashmir – from separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits to Sainik Colonies to provisions for non-locals in new Industrial policy to spaces being created for those not in possessions of housing facilities. This has led to a new churning in a place which has been grappling with so many challenges in past 26 years. The ‘colony’ has become a buzzword in the new discourse that is being shaped mainly by separatists, who were in disarray and have regrouped under a new but unnamed banner. Whosoever is behind these “new plans” in Delhi has given them a reason to get united. But at the same time, it is interesting to note that now the separatists are fighting to protect Article 370 and resisting the moves that they believe are aimed at changing the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
This state of insecurity in Kashmir has been an inalienable part of its political psyche since 1947. The perceived threat to change the political and social status has loomed large all through the period of nearly seven decades and that has resulted in the current, rather long, phase of strife in the state beginning in 1990.
History is replete with stories of deception and the gradual erosion of the special status that promised a unique status to the state. The letdown, observed with contempt, imbedded the seeds of discontent that led to acute disillusionment with Congress being the main player to leave behind a legacy that never could throw up a solution. Continuous efforts by Congress to ensure state’s complete integration at its own will and conditions defied the concept of larger federation that would accommodate divergent views and respect people’s aspirations. They even adopted double standards in treating Kashmir and Tamil Nadu as sub-national identities. Thrusting governments of its choice and disrespecting the institutions of democracy in the state became the hallmark of its policies vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir. Right