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Pulwama incident & Indian elections

26 1 5

Four weeks after the Pulwama incident, India’s failed surgical strike at Balakot and its losing two fighter aircraft to the Pakistan Air Force, there appears to be no letup in Indian rhetoric.

The cat is now out of the bag as India has announced its 17th Lok Sabha elections in April and May 2019. The ruling dispensation BJP, which has little to show for its last five years of rule, believes anti-Pakistan rhetoric would help in wooing more voters.

Besides getting hardliner Hindutva operatives on one platform to garner votes at the polls, the current government led by Narendra Modi believes that raising anti-Pakistan fustian helps the BJP government to divert the attention of masses from the mega Rafale fighter jet scandal.

Simultaneously, the lava that had been simmering in the Kashmir cauldron has erupted since July 2016, when popular youth Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani was brutally murdered. Protesting masses taking to the streets have been incessantly fired upon with pellet guns, which have taken a toll of over 350 lives but also permanently blinded 3600 children. It is an accepted fact that the freedom movement in Kashmir is purely indigenous and over the past 70 years, India has miserably failed to win the hearts and minds of Kashmiri people.

Post Pulwama jingoism and anti-Pakistan rhetoric also helps India to........

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