Kashmir insurgency exists from the very early decades, but day by day the resentment and the cry is getting stronger and louder.
There was the phase when a section among the population turned towards the arms, rest were afraid of the death and destruction. Those who turned militants earlier, were not much motivated and highly literate.
Following the killing Burhan Wani by Indian forces in July 2016, more than 100 civilians lost their lives in clashes and while over 15,000 civilians were injured during a four-month-long security lockdown in the valley. The fear of death is now nowhere present among the masses of Kashmir. The younger generation militants come from relatively well-off families. Highly educated students and new generation is taking part in different forms of resistance as the youth feel humiliated and alienated.
The militancy in the valley is stronger and larger than ever and is increasing day by day with video clips emerging on social media where mothers instruct their rebel sons to fight until death rather to surrender. Where a father confirms the death of his only son on media and social networking sites. The situation is getting worse with no hope of return of normalcy.
Leaders who used to claim the full hold and support from Kashmir are changing their statements like the colours of chameleon. The major regional mainstream parties like, Abdullahs led National conference and Muftis Peoples Democratic Party are losing their space in Kashmir.
Few years earlier, the voice and resentment for independence was limited to the Kashmir valley but nowadays voices for Kashmir cause are rising in Chenab, Pir Panjal, Jammu as well as Ladakh region and the issue is echoing in global platforms. The wave and a spark of the revolt reached inside the Indian institutions like Jawahir Lal Nehru University and Indian intellectual minds like Kanhaiya Kumar and Arundhati Roy come out in open for the support of Kashmir issue resolution through a peaceful reconciliatory process and blamed India for harsh approach towards the state.
Now another giant loss for India is the bureaucrat, Shah Faesals resignation from coveted IAS in protest against the unabated killings in Kashmir. The youth icon and inspiration for millions of youth is bound to change the mind of those who still has a hope left with the Indian institutions.
High time for New Delhi to wake up and change its self-destructive course in Kashmir.
Sheikh Minhaj Larvi
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