Deceptive Calm 

July 15, 2017 0 Comments EDITORIAL 135 Views
Deceptive Calm 

In Kashmir, despite the internet on turtle speed, social media continues to rose up highlighting the grey areas of the government.  The PDP BJP government has been doing every bit to reach out to the people however there is a lot of resentment from the masses. From many incidents, the pool have come out from condemning the attack on JKP personnel, while some supported the ambush by Lashkar militants killing six JK police personnel at Achbal, Anantnag. Public opinion on social media was divided over one of the deadliest attacks on JK Police personnel at Achbal, Anantnag that left six cops including a Station House officer dead last month. The event was followed by another grusome incident of lynching of DySP.  On 15 July 2016, while reviewing the internal security situation in India, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the state has been slowly returning to the normalcy with a number of steps taken by the state and central governments. More than 40 people had died at the hands of government forces in the weeks before he made the assertion and after the killing of Hizbul Mujahidin commander Burhan Wani on July 8. On September 14, Rajnath told Economic Times “Kashmir will return to normalcy in a few days. I am very confident of that. Main yeh bhi kah doon ki aage bhi rasta niklega aur Kashmir ke logon ko saath me le kar ke niklega.” After that Rajnath reiterated that normalcy will return in J&K at the two-day Regional Editor’s Conference held in Chandigarh on October 17-18. In the three months period, July to September, there was neither any sign of normalcy returning to the eruptive Kashmir nor of the steps taken by the state and central governments to assuage the angry Kashmiris. Winter put a lid on the street protests and a semblance of normalcy did appear temporarily but only to be eliminated by more violent protests in 2017. State assembly elections in India were also seen as putting a logjam to possible political outreach. In 2017 student protests have given a hard time to both education authorities as well as the government forces. Peace is very deceptive in  Kashmir with each passing month, there is a layer of conflict pushing people to the wall. South Kashmir has become the frontline for violent protests, counter-insurgency operations and militant attacks. Other districts are not immune and are equally affected.

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