Jammu and Kashmir has been seeing more and more college students coming to the fore in stone-throwing incidents against security men which it appears is no spontaneous action but surely has designed outlook with funds flowing comfortably, led by the radical leaders who swear by Pakistan for allegiance and term it as a religious battle. Militancy 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 sympathising 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 last year 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, planned and tough actions if the political masters are really honest to kill the monster of terrorism in Kashmir.
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