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Fiery flames of fashionable fury

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Outrage can make you comfortably numb and conveniently dumb. Case in point: us.

It has been three weeks since India re-annexed Occupied Kashmir. In these three weeks the Indian government has gone from cocky arrogance to vain contemptuousness to jittery uneasiness at the global reaction to its unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional step.

In these three weeks, the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir have gone from shell-shocked disbelief to unrestrained bitterness to volcanic anger that is now manifesting itself in spontaneous demonstrations in fearless defiance of the occupation force crawling over every inch of the re-occupied occupied territory.

In these three weeks, the government of Pakistan has gone from ill-prepared surprise to unpracticed response to de-motivated anger at its own helplessness towards the gravest of all provocations by Narendra Modi.

The scorecard is rather un-pretty: Indians are watching their arrogance gradually evaporate in the wake of Kashmiri defiance; Kashmiris are watching the world let them suffer on their own without batting an eyelid; and Pakistanis are watching their state writhe in uncontrollable agony fuelled partly by manufactured fury at having been upended by India on the one policy that defined all our policies.

Three weeks is enough time to digest the shock of August 5 and apportion blame where it rightfully belongs. Three week is also enough time to figure out what to do next. And three weeks is more than enough time to differentiate between “doing” for the sake of doing and “doing” what makes a difference. No surprise then that India’s re-annexation is spiraling down the global........

© The Express Tribune