Kashmir Year Ender
Kashmir Year Ender News
New Year flushed with promise world over, but Kashmir stares at another period of gloom amid gunfights and clashes
The first week of 2018 began with a gunfight between Kashmiri militants and security forces, and the last week also witnessed killings in the same pattern. Both gunfights and deaths were followed by clashes between security forces and protesters.
Alienated and radicalised, J&K youths who grew up under shadow of violence find conflict pervades daily life
Tragically, for decades India has allowed itself to be represented in Kashmir by the barrel of a gun
Catalysed by Kathua rape-murder case, communal polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir reached new heights in 2018
Jammu feels neglected by Kashmiri leaders and Kashmir blames Jammu for its underdevelopment. The communal sentiments feed into this perception
Mehbooba Mufti in 2018: Fallout of Burhan Wani death and 'thoughtless' BJP alliance damaged PDP prospects in Kashmir
Disintegration of Mehbooba Mufti and her party PDP began in the summer of 2018 after BJP pulled the rug from beneath the so-called Kashmir-centric coalition government. Analysts argued that Mehbooba lacked her father's skills to take everyone along.
Once a non-figure in Kashmir politics, Sajad Lone now most sought-after leader, makes rivals PDP, NC quiver
A few years ago, no one would have taken Sajad Lone seriously, but today, his machinations in Jammu and Kashmir have brought back memories of when New Delhi engineered defections in the National Conference, the only regional party at the time, to divide the Kashmir vote.
Militant killings in Jammu and Kashmir this year rose 70%; a steady network of informers allowed spike
Since June, hardly a week has gone by in Jammu and Kashmir without a militant casualty. Till 23 December, at least 247 militants were killed, nearly all of them too poorly trained to understand the intricacies of guerrilla warfare.