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Beyond shutdowns

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq puts shutdown as the “only option left with the resistance leadership to attract the attention of the world community towards the sufferings of Kashmiris.” The statement merits a comment.

Hartal has entered our social lingo. It has become an inseparable part of our resistance discourse. There is no dispute that it is a way through which we register our resistance. There can't be any cast-iron answer to the question as to whether we should do it or not? This sure is the most peaceful and the least violent method of protest. In some desperate cases it remains to be the only necessary evil to be invoked against oppression. But making this as the `only option' makes it not just ineffective, but dead, not just dead but self-immolating.........

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