The waning street protests in Kashmir cements the fact that there is some realisation over the futility of Hartals and protests. Few years back one of Hurriyat’s constituent — Peoples Political Party (PPP)-had vehemently said that Hartals have crippled the Kashmir’s economy and pushed people “further away” from the movement. Better late than never, the realisation on the futility of frequent strikes called on trivial issues just to ramp up peoples’ emotion has started dawning on them and is welcome sign. Though at present there are no Hartals and protests and whatever one sees is very minisical compared to 2010. The forced Hartals have deprived many their daily livelihood which should be treated as one of the worst form of human rights violation. Today Kashmir must be feeling the heat of crippling effect of regular strikes and must be feeling that frequent Hartals would be gravely detrimental to the movement in the long run. Money makes everyone wise and separatists factions are no different. So long the strikes have not fetched anything positive except pushing people further away from the main stream. When people are deprived of their basic needs, while the leadership has an affluent lifestyle, it does not do any good to any movement. They should formulate some other strategy as an alternative to strikes. The sustainability of any peoples’ movement depends on how far away it is from religion and on this yardstick Kashmir has turned into a communal one with more of alienation and separation than going with the main stream of the nation. To some extent separatists are responsible for such a divide which has to be corrected and government should encash out of such a situation which is good for the State and the country. It looks saner sense is prevailing even upon the separatists groups too which is a positive development.
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