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In the Coming Lok Sabha Campaign, Kashmir Issue Will be Fully Politicised

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The gloves were off barely 72 hours after the all-party meeting in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. The understanding that political parties would resist the temptation to politicise the terror attack which killed over 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men on the Jammu-Srinagar highway is now in tatters, with no less than a constitutional functionary appointed by the Centre publicly calling for a boycott of Kashmir, Kashmiris and the goods they sell.

The prime minister as usual maintains a stony silence over sundry Sangh parivar outfits like Bajrang Dal intimidating young Kashmiri students living and studying in central and north India. Meanwhile, Narendra Modi himself is making speeches in Patna, Varanasi, etc., speaking in very coded language about revenge. “The fire raging in your hearts is raging in my heart too,” he told an angry crowd in Patna. Unfortunately, a lot of that fire is getting directed against our own countrymen in an already polarised polity, where toxic majoritarian sentiments were being stoked regularly for the past 4.5 years.

The fact is that the post-Pulwama situation is too tempting for the Bharatiya Janata Party not to exploit it for political ends. It would clearly make sense for Modi to completely divert attention from the lack of jobs and agrarian crises to the question of who is best suited to........

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