Govt, Hurriyat playing ‘war of nerves’ over public sentiment

July 26, 2016 CITY 267 Views
Govt, Hurriyat playing ‘war of nerves’ over public sentiment

After facing widespread criticism for imposing curfew to counter the afternoon relaxation in shutdown announced by the separatists on July 21, the PDP-led ruling dispensation Tuesday came up with a new method to counter the strike again.
The government announced to lift the curfew today morning, hoping that people come out in large numbers and open shops, other business units to defy the shutdown call of the separatists.
The separatists have united in issuing shutdown calls in the ongoing uprising and today they have announced relaxation in shutdown after 2 pm, asking people to stock essential commodities for future.
Last week the government imposed curfew to disallow relaxation in shutdown. However, there was widespread censure of the government’ decision. People said that government is fighting war of egos with separatists.
“This seems a war of wits and egos played by the government with the separatists. Instead of fighting ego-war with them, the government must fix accountability to some street anger,” said Hanan Muhammad, a university student.
Sources said the higher authorities have decided to do the opposite of what its last employed tactic. “It is a move to sense the public mood in order to make people feel normal so that they get disinterested in following the shutdown calls given by separatists”.
This is the first time since July 8 that government and separatist have been found on the same side allowing people to resume to daily chorus of life in a normal way.
However, separatists have called for Kulgam Chalo on Wednesday to pay solidarity with the civilians killed in the ongoing agitation post the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8 triggering massive unrest in the region. It will be interesting to see whether people will side with the separatists or government in the days to come.

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