Has the death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani acted only as the trigger to set off the kind of widespread violence Kashmir hasn’t seen for many years? If the answer is Yes, then why does Kashmir become victim of violence that often devours its own children without making any material difference to the overall ground realities here? The answers to these questions are not easy to find unless we accept the reality despite cosmetic efforts to win hearts since insurgent violence started in 1990s, nothing much has changed.
If it had been the rigging of the 1987 elections by the then state government headed by National Conference (NC) patron Farooq Abdullah that triggered an armed insurgency, why and how do people continue to hit streets to attack the security forces and invite pellets and bullets 29 years hence? The separatist leadership definitely becomes more relevant each time Kashmir explodes with anti-India protests, but assuming that the separatist call all the shots here would be flawed logic.