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The Kashmiri In The Barber’s Shop

We sat in the barber’s shop, listening to the cheerful melody of “Humko sirf tumse pyaar hai.” Then the music abruptly stopped and a news bulletin filtered into the room: some policemen and militants had been killed in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch region. The bodybuilder suddenly erupted with anger: “Kashmiris are such motherfuckers! They are bad people. They fight against their own country.” I then realized two things: the bodybuilder was drunk and that the man sitting next to him happened to be a Kashmiri.
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Azadi Resurrected: A Referendum In Blood

The level of defiance in Kashmir is at an all-time high. Even if the Kashmiris have seized their power through laying down their lives and limbs, they have a clear agreement that their fight is for Azadi and nothing less. This uprising once again drives a nail into the coffin of those Indian narratives that undermine Kashmir's resolution by the ahistoric, nationalistic and myopic analytics such as "underdevelopment," "mismanagement," "unemployment," "alienation," and "failure to integrate."
Mark Manuel

Sri Sri Is Dabbling In Kashmir Now, And I’m Not Surprised

As a weekend guest at his ashram in Bengaluru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar could not have asked for anybody as questionable as Muzaffar Wani, the father of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was shot dead by security forces in J&K on 8 July. The Art of Living guru and Muzaffar are believed to have discussed the current situation of “suffering in the Valley”. And ways to restore “peace and normalcy.” That won’t happen, of course, but I’m not surprised at Sri Sri’s initiative.