Braid chopping has eerily lessened in its intensity with the appointment of the new interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma. May be the handlers of braid chopping have found interest to enable the conducive environment for dialogue to kickstart when the revolutionary zeal of people is diverted towards a defensive preoccupation with braid chopping.
Why would people take interest in the dynamics and contours of the Dineshwar Sharma-led dialogue process when they are anticipating the mysterious appearance of a braid chopper like a vampire in every dark corner of their house?
It is pertinent to mention that the resistance leadership who were sometime ago calling the shots are themselves cocooned into the shell after the NIA appeared in the avatar of hangman.
Braid chopping was a blessing for the state, even if it is reluctantly assumed that it didnt orchestrate it, in the sense that the harassed people sought assistance and protection from the state apparatus (police) against which they were up in arms not long ago. A serious trust deficit and legitimacy crisis created in post-Burhan episode was temporarily overcome with the unleashing of mysterious braid chopping. State made a point that it is relevant when peoples honour and dignity are at stake.
It didnt capture any braid chopper, nor allowed people to take law into their own hands. What it did was to fill the communication gap with the disgruntled population and monopolised public discourse (it is significant that the police came up with statements after braid chopping incidents, and dismissed most cases as rumours or psychopathic lies). Almost every person caught by the people was a mentally challenged person, conclusively passed off as news. People are left guessing. Frantz Fanon must be taking turns in the grave.
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