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Kashmir Crisis: In-front of us but Still Unseen, Unnoticed

Liah Qureshi in Srinagar

Srinagar is virtually cut off from the rest of the world. From the curfewed capital of Jammu and Kashmir, a young journalist takes us through an unprecedented journey

To understand the Kashmir situation, let us first shed our pseudo skin – the Skin of nationalism, religion, patriotism, and terms like that.

Okay, now that we are human, just human and completely human, let me take you on a journey, a journey to a place once called paradise on earth.

What is happening in Kashmir since the evening of July 8th 2016

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India always runs away from realities in Kashmir

Sajad Rasool in Budgam (Jammu & Kashmir)

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 Once again the Valley of Kashmir is witnessing a bloody season; more Kashmiris are falling prey to the bullets of Indian Security forces – we see people once again on the roads, protesting, demanding their political identity from the (which they call) ‘Occupier’. Curfew, restrictions have entered 45th consecutive day. This time the uprising against the Indian state had a very different beginning – the face of the ‘Revised Militancy’ was changed by the youth this time, who was humiliated by the Indian forces when he was a student of class 10. Most of the youth in Kashmir have faced similar kind of humiliations at the Hands of India; India for them is an armed person with an AK 47 slinging on his shoulder entering their homes with his boots on, abusing women folk and torturing young men.
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“Indian Mainstream media never acknowledged Kashmir as a political issue”

pNkiMBIyAzhar Amim, a student activist from Jawaharlal Nehru University spoke to NOW

1.It is unarguably true that for the plight of Kashmir, both India and Pakistan should be blamed equally. Still, why are those protesting youth waving Pakistani flags?

Ans- The waving of Pakistan’s or ISIS flag is a mere out of frustration and those who wave these flags do it deliberately to irritate Indian forces. In a recent interview to scoop-whoop, some boys of downtown Srinagar (who participate in Friday protest and wave flags) they said, we do all the things that irritate Indian state without having any ideological endorsement with them and this is true for ISIS. Having said that, there is also no denying in the fact that some amount of people have a soft corner for Pakistan and the simple reason for that is, because of the worst form of oppression and atrocities by Indian State (that includes fake encounters, tortures, forced disappearances, rapes, etc) people have developed some love for Pakistan because it has smartly tried to take edge of the situation by giving out statement of solidarities from time to time and since a common person doesn’t understand the broader political interests of Pakistan behind such statements, he thus see Pakistan as a state that really cares about Kashmiris.
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How Burhans were created in Kashmir

Malik Altaf in New Delhi

Kashmiri villagers carry body of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Indian Kashmir's largest rebel group Hizbul Mujahideen, during his funeral procession in Tral, some 38 Kilometers (24 miles) south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Indian troops fired on protesters in Kashmir as tens of thousands of Kashmiris defied a curfew imposed in most parts of the troubled region Saturday and participated in the funeral of the top rebel commander killed by Indian government forces, officials and locals said. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Kashmir has been on boil since the killing of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), on 8th July. Burhan joined HM when he was 15 years old and his secondary school examination was only a couple of months away. His friends and teachers say that he was a very good student and a kind human being. He belonged to the upper middle class of the society; his father was headmaster at a local government school. In this article, I would argue that Kashmir issue is not about development or lack of it thereof, but it is a much deeper political question which gravely affects the life of every Kashmiri which in the process creates future Burhans.
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Srinagar,India-JULY 19-2016:Empty shikaras lined up in the Dal Lake during a curfew in Srinagar, India on july 19, 2016. The authorities imposed a strict curfew in most parts of Kashmir valley for the eleventh consecutive day to contain protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.(Photo by Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times) The Kashmir Uprising 2016 and the Economic Crisis

From a Special Correspondent in Srinagar

Whenever there has been an uprising in Kashmir, the people of J&K have always suffered loss, be it the loss of innocent lives, the loss of eye sight of youth, who are mostly between the age 5-25, or the loss of economy.

The 2016 uprising, also known as Burhan aftermath is no different from what has happened in the past. The people are not just angry because of the death of Burhan, but this is the anger that has been boiling inside of them from the last so many years, they are angry on Indian government and the Indian Army for the Atrocities done to Kashmiri people.…. Read More