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Pulwama, and the aftermath

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23.02.2019

It is a shameless government that uses death to further its party-power ambitions. This BJP government is one such, as it has demonstrated in the aftermath of Pulwama 2019.

There is no one in Kashmir who does not grasp the grief in the 44 households of India over their dead men. There is no one here who does not recognize the candlelight vigils in many parts of India. This, even if Kashmiris are not allowed to hold any such for their thousands of dead and dying.

But the focus of the Delhi government has been less on grief and more on vengeance. This by a Prime Minister who remains silent at vicious reprisals directed at everyday Kashmiris who live, work and travel all over India. But while the head of government is silent, his acolytes are not. He has a cadre of five million RSS members to draw from to troll and wreak havoc. Against such odds, it is easy to be pushed back, to be discouraged, apologetic and even hopeless. We must avoid all these emotions, but we are duty bound to avoid the last – hopelessness. For that, all we need do is to observe and analyze. Intent, of course, is difficult to decipher. But words and actions can be decoded sooner or later.

In India, ‘mainstream’ media and government are the ‘go to’ sources that need decoding. Less than twelve hours after the Pulwama attack it was a popular Indian journalist who first raised the war-cry by dubbing the assault “clearly an act of war [by Pakistan]” in no less than the Washington Post (February 15th 2019). Similarly, the Finance Minister of India promised ‘incontrovertible evidence’ of........

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