Street violence has been a common feature of Kashmir’s saga of violence. The perpetrators are not seen on the streets but school and college students and some of them in uniforms are visible and the target is the security agencies. These protests led by the radical leaders who swear by Pakistan for allegiance and term it as a religious battle have seen recently a slide after the crackdown on hawla money transactions. Terrorism is generally associated with politico-socio-economic problems but in the case of Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan factor (now fully backed by China) outweighs other factors. Recipe is perfect and the turmoil continues. What has made the students to leave their class-rooms and take to streets in uniform? Is it just religious fight or just fanatics on the streets? The sympathizing Hurriyat, to some extent, is forced to make deals with the government and they do that. Having said that, right now, the Hurriyat has the support of the people of Kashmir. If they call for a strike, people come out in support. This wasn’t the case earlier, but (has been like this) after Burhan Wani’s death. It was Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who advocated a simple process for re-radicalisation of the Kashmiri youth asking the state’s police force to bring back youths who have fled their homes to join militancy to the mainstream. How simple it sounded. Was it that simple Kashmir would have been more peaceful? The state government’s attitude of just sitting back and letting security forces keep levels of violence down amounts to a sure recipe for disaster. De-radicalisation is no joke. It has to be a well thought-out strategy in Jammu and Kashmir. Today the ground reality is that it is the youth who is on the forefront of such violence and political leaders are flummoxed with no solution at sight. There is a need for some well thought and well planned tough action if the political masters are really honest to kill the monster of terrorism in Kashmir.
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