The picturesque landscape shaken by the 2005 earthquake has already witnessed around 40 low-intensity tremors since the start of the catastrophic year of 2020. The recurrent yet unruffled rattles are forcing experts to reveal that Kashmir Valley with petrified past isn’t ready to face any major shake at the present
Even as Dragon’s reported retreat has prevented Ladakh from becoming a potential war-turf, the public resentment and political rage have created a war cry around Sixth Schedule and restoration of scrapped status in the region now
From his folk-singing days to a poetic prison period, a quintessential bard from Balhom Srinagar cemented his place as Kashmir’s unconventional couplet-maker over the years. But after losing his treasure-trove to a firefight in 2018, the poet turned platonic and began writing eulogies
What can change the game is if the recruitment versus killings ratio changes in favour of the latter. This would progressively reduce the number of militants in a short period of time. But for now this doesn’t seem to be the case. New recruits are very motivated even if they are poorly trained. If the past is any guide, the militancy has often returned from the dead.
Driven from one place to another. Minority within a minority. Devoid of heroes in their own midst they look beyond borders. The Shia awakening elsewhere is infusing new vigour, new enthusiasm in the Shia of Kashmir.