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With over 100 incidents of braid chopping reported in different parts of Kashmir, there is widespread fear and anger among the people.

 

Braid-chopping incidents have added to the already piled up anxieties of Kashmiris. Once again they are out on the streets, to give vent to their anger. A few persons, believed to be braid-choppers were caught hold by irate mobs at various places. They were beaten to pulp.

 

It is nothing but plain atmosphere of fear. The mysterious scissoring of locks of women is crossing the limit where it could be dismissed as isolated, stray incident.

 

I have always argued that the index of ‘normalcy’ in the tumultuous state of Jammu and Kashmir must never be measured by over-simplistic indices like over-booked flights and tourists on the Boulevard in Srinagar.

 

 

An interesting anecdote about a great Indian soldier, Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa, is lodged in my memory since childhood.

 

Norwegian Rafto Foundation has acknowledged the two most influential human rights defenders from Kashmir, Parveena Ahangar and Imroz Parvez, with a joint award.

 

The most read news published in several daily newspapers and their online editions in last few days has been those of braid-cutting incidents that are spreading from one district to another.

 

 

During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.

 

The two-day visit to Kashmir by a Congress team headed by Dr Manmohan Singh team has called for restoration  of the dialogue with the separatists to address the ongoing turmoil in the state.

 

Mankind is no stranger to wars, and the brutal reality in wars is the fact that civilians are the biggest sufferers. In the two World Wars, military casualties are estimated at 30 million but civilian casualties were double that number.

 


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