Govt’s J&K ad seeks normalcy, but let’s look at the fine print

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mis­led (how? By whom?). They have been vic­tims of a vi­cious cam­paign and mo­ti­vated pro­pa­ganda (have they been watch­ing In­dia’s news channels?) that has kept them trapped in an end­less cy­cle of ter­ror­ism, vi­o­lence, de­struc­tion and poverty (but doesn’t Kash­mir have a bet­ter Hu­man De­vel­op­ment In­dex rank­ing than As­sam, Arunachal, Andhra, Ben­gal, Bihar, Gu­jarat, MP, Na­ga­land, Odisha, Ra­jasthan, Tripura and UP?)

While sep­a­ratists (who specif­i­cally?) send their chil­dren to ex­otic lands (should they re­main in Srinagar?) to study, work and earn (what is wrong with go­ing abroad to study, work and earn?), they in­sti­gated the com­mon peo­ple to push their chil­dren into vi­o­lence, stone-pelt­ing and har­tals (does com­mon peo­ple mean the en­tire pop­u­la­tion?). They used threats of ter­ror­ists, co­er­cion and mis­in­for­ma­tion to be­guile the peo­ple (all the peo­ple?). To­day mil­i­tants (are they the same as ter­ror­ists?) are us­ing the same tac­tic of threats and co­er­cion (how?). Are we go­ing to tol­er­ate this? (Who is “we”? The ruler of Kash­mir is from UP. He reports to a Gu­jarati, who reports to an­other Gu­jarati)


Do we per­mit the age-old tac­tic of threats and co­er­cion to in­flu­ence us? (Whose threats? Whose co­er­cion? In­flu­enc­ing whom?)

Will threat and mis­in­for­ma­tion pre­vail or will we take in­formed de­ci­sions on what is best for us? (how can in­formed de­ci­sions be taken with­out in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion?)

Will we let a few posters (posters say­ing what?) and threats push us:

Into not re­sum­ing our busi­nesses (Which busi­nesses? There’s no Uber/Ola/Flip­kart/Ama­zon/Zo­mato be­cause there’s no in­ter­net econ­omy.)

Into not earn­ing our le­git­i­mate liveli­hood (Could it be be­cause of con­stant cur­few?)

Into not se­cur­ing a right­ful ed­u­ca­tion and se­cure fu­ture for our chil­dren (Many in jail un­der il­le­gal de­ten­tion)

Into not let­ting de­vel­op­ment bloom for our Kash­mir (Seems to be blooming fine. See HDI in­dex)

This is our home (Whose?)

It is for us to think of its well-be­ing and pros­per­ity (De­fine “well-be­ing”)


Gov­ern­ment of Jammu & Kash­mir” (Is this a sig­noff or is this line linked to the one above?)

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