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When it comes to terrorism, it’s all about the money in Kashmir

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Traditionally, seizing weapons has been the fundamental pillar of Indian law enforcement agencies’ strategy to combat terror and separatism.

The idea was that without weapons, there wasn’t much that militants could do to challenge the Indian state. The American strategy was totally different. They always focussed on the money that fuelled terrorist activity. According to them, cutting off the supply of funds asphyxiates the activity of terror organisations.

The conflict economy

Perhaps, the approaches followed by India and the US were the outcome of their national experiences. Unlike India, where access to weapons is extremely restricted, in the US people have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Even so, if India’s experience in combating terror and separatism in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is anything to go by, there is a lot of merit in adopting and incorporating the American focus on cracking down on the financial channels that sustain terrorist networks.

In other words, it is simply no longer enough for the Indian security forces to double down on the kinetic operations to eliminate terrorists. Without dismantling the terror funding networks and the conflict economy in which terror and separatism have become the biggest money-spinning industry in J&K, there is no way India will ever get a handle over the disturbed situation in the state.

Money seems to hold the key to end terror in the valley once and........

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