J&K: New strand of fundamentalism surfaces

With no sign of the unrest in Kashmir subsiding, the state is passing through one of the worst phases of its history. The scene has been made gloomier by the fact that both the Centre and the state government appear to CM Mehbooba Mufti believes that only five% of the people in the state are supporting insurgency, she has been unable to rally the remaining 95% in the government’s favour. Her administrative inexperience and political timidity may be responsible for her seeming helplessness. But, unfortunately, her coalition partner, the BJP has also been unable to come out with ideas other than the use of strong-arm methods, of which the pellet gun remains the primary weapon, to bring the situation under control.

It has to be noted that these guns, which can cause blindness, are not used anywhere else to control agitating mobs as, for instance, when the Jats went on a rampage in Haryana or when there was anti-Tamil violence in Bengaluru over the Cauvery waters dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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