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Stuffing separatists in jail: A muscular Kashmir policy will fail

The Centre needs to convince the Kashmiri people that their democratic, social, and religious rights are safe within India by first restoring them and securing them constitutionally

New Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik being produced at Patiala House court, in New Delhi, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court will pronounce its verdict on the quantum of punishment awarded to Mal
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Bharat Bhushan
Yasin Malik’s life imprisonment in a ‘terror-funding’ case again displays the Narendra Modi government’s muscular Kashmir policy. Separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are either locked up or dead. Following the downsizing of the erstwhile state, its mainstream political leaders are being pushed to the margins, and the dialogue with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue is at a standstill – as if the only remaining issue were the return of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. In short, the Modi government acts as if it has solved the Kashmir problem.

Today the funding of separatist leaders in J&K is being discussed as
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First Published: May 30 2022 | 8:22 AM IST

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