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Validating Violence

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What happened in the skies between Indian and Pakistan generated lots of heat. And the contest in the international arena threw up loads of light. Kashmir popped up as a flash point. But the light that falls on Kashmir is not just inadequate, but in many ways evasive. Kashmir becomes subsidiary to the Indo-Pak contest. Worse over, an auxiliary to the global politics. The darkness over this godforsaken little valley – Kashmir – finally remains as thick, if not thicker.

In this darkness the only thing that grows is absence of human freedom. It is this absence of freedom that India lords over so rigorously in Kashmir. This, and nothing else, deserves all light. For these last months this darkness deepened further. The raids, the arrests, the bans, and a full-scale infusion of terror into the valley; this is over and above the usual doses of oppression.

It's a full throttle acceleration towards violence. For any conflict practitioner, this is a real bad thing. When we take violence as a concrete thing, suspending for a while any value judgment, the measurement of non-violent spaces matters. For a partisan, and for ethical standards, the distinction between a fake peace and a real peace matters. But for pure measurements sometimes this distinction doesn't matter. It is from this standpoint that New Delhi's recent actions are all geared to make Kashmir a deep repository of a........

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