Invariably summers in Kashmir Valley had remained under turmoil, especially when the annual Amarnath Yatra gets on. Surprisingly it has been a low in terror-related incidents this summer which is unusual. Unlike the summer of 2010 when the separatists ‘Azadi’ agenda moved forward with popular ‘Go India Go’ and ‘Quit Kashmir’ slogans given by Syed Ali Shah Geelani to the ‘protest politics’. The way Valley erupted with pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans in 2016 blaring from the loudspeakers of mosques, the direct incitement to fight against the security forces and keep the agitation going further with appeals to youth to join Jihad against India showed that separatists wanted to test the strength of bonding between BJP-PDP. The developments are crucial indicators of coming events and the influence of Jihad imbedded in the psyche of a generation which has grown in turmoil over two decades. At that time Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had appealed to security forces to exercise restrain politically may have scored some points but practically the proposition has backfired especially when the security forces are facing a mob involved in stone throwing and arson. What is intriguing is the supply of stones carries on uninterrupted. Stone-pelting has been continuing since long and nobody has been booked for supplying the same till date. Who is managing the supply of stones? State Government has to find out from where the stones are coming in such large quantity. Restraining the security forces is not going to help solve the problem rather such statements coming from CM’s office has vitiated the atmosphere emboldening separatists and their sympathisers to wage war against the nation. The PDP’s entry into the State’s politics changed the character of power politics in many other ways. Seeking to make space for itself in the context of the dominance of the National Conference on the one hand, and the overwhelming influence of separatist politics on the other, the PDP located its politics in the context of the conflict situation, specifically responding to the common people’s sensitivities. Its discourse of a ‘healing touch’, aimed at providing succour to people troubled by prolonged aggression and violence, not only helped it to gain popularity but also facilitated the process of making power politics relevant in the given situation. With Governor rule in place can one see charging canvas of Kashmir?
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