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A year of unwinning Kashmir

Srinagar: Nearly a year given that the dismembering as well as disempowering of Jammu & Kashmir, the conventional political events have actually been minimized to a state of limbo.

Though the majority of the leaders that were taken right into preventative wardship around August 5, 2019 as well as consequently apprehended officially under the general public Safety Act (PSA) have actually currently been released, a lot of them are under discomfort not to speak out.


On the whole, political tasks by mainstream events–omitting the BJP–have actually concerned a total stop.

Only a number of essential faces of J&K national politics are energetic on Twitter however also there they act like ‘loyal kids’, as defined by a doubter.

The leaders themselves condemn the main federal government as well as its neighborhood facilitators for their subsiding impact as well as the chaos in their events. They state the federal government has via its extreme actions left no political room for them.

They urge that the charge of a vacuum cleaner in J&K national politics is a computed stratagem of the BJP.


“By pulverising the autonomous room as well as criminalising dissent, they are brazenly taking pride in destroying every institution of democracy to further their fascist agenda,” said a senior leader of the PDP.

That coming from a former coalition partner of the saffron party in the J&K government may be pooh-poohed by many as tongue-in-cheek, but there is no denying the fact that arbitrary incarceration of leaders of every hue after the abrogation of Article 370 as well as splitting the state up into two Union Territories definitely contributed to a stifling of J&K’s political parties.


Yet amidst all this, a deliberate attempt is being made to carve out some political space for select people and parties that are willing to toe the line of the dispensation at the Centre.

Some local political observers say this policy of ‘containment’ to keep political parties other than the BJP and its myrmidon away from the people does not augur well for India’s interests in Jamu & Kashmir, notwithstanding the Narendra Modi government’s claims to the contrary.      

Senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar lamented, “Delhi has decimated decades of our investment in peace and democracy. At the cost of mere political gains for one party, all norms of autonomous society have been infringed upon.”


Critics say that on August 5 last year, the government ventured on the path of disowning and un-winning Kashmir.

“By seeing Kashmir through a religious and civilisational prism they want to win Hindus voters in the rest of the country by disowning and fighting people of J&K,” one of them alleged.

Srinagar resident Abdul Majeed Shah bemoaned, “The die has been cast, the script is clear. Delhi wants to infuse a sense of fear in and defeat every Kashmiri.”

Naeem Akhtar admitted that the mainstream is in total disarray and shock, and Kashmir is still in mourning. “For many of us it’s a long fight for survival and dignity in a newly demonetised freedom,” he stated.


Mariella Frostrup
Mariella Frostrup
Mariella Frostrup has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade and has contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and the Oakland Tribune. As a founder and journalist, Mariella covers national and international developments. You can contact her at


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