A Question

Who is it that still does not understand this mundanely vicious cycle of curfews/blockades/other form of economic (at best) or physical deprivation–> popular outrage/support for separatists/anti-government sentiments–>Emboldened and newly capable extremists/ separatists/terrorists/ “freedom fighters”, if you wish–>more attacks on the state/the outsider group of choice/other suitable targets, usually meaning white people–>more curfews etc?

Everyone who has any sort of power over any of these decisions should be made to go through the Analog Circuits course here in IIT Madras; 4 months with Shanthi/Nagi should thoroughly drill in the concept of positive feedback.

Yes, I know I’m oversimplifying. I know riots kill people, and curfews presumably result in less damage overall.  I don’t know what we should do instead. But I find this situation, at least the way it is reported, a little ironic:

“No separatist leader would be allowed to paralyse life across the valley and cause adverse effect on education of children, commercial activities and the livelihood of people,” an administration official said.

PS: Am I going a little too crazy with the links etc? Zemanta makes it really tempting.

6 thoughts on “A Question

  1. I agree. Clearly the current arrangement isn’t helping at all. Why is the government so frightened to try a new tactic? Every effort they take only seems to alienate the Kashmiris further. Does no one in government remember Gandhi? Either he’s been forgotten or is misunderstood as being naively idealistic. A lot of people fail to recognise that he wasn’t just an old man ranting about love and peace; he was quite a shrewd political tactician. He wasn’t just concerned with ideals and means but also with end results.
    India needs to be winning back the hearts of Kashmiris instead of trying to cling on to a piece of land by any means necessary.

    • Well, even I think he was, most of the time, a naively idealistic guy with weird ideas on medicine and so forth who took a rather long shot that just happened to mostly pay off, but yes, it’s surprising that noone has even considered the idea of a Gandhian approach here. I mean, where’s the rhetoric, if nothing else?

  2. I think the debates on issues such as AFSPA, Autonomy, Curfews and strikes are quite specific, and I am not sure how gandhi helps when the Indian government seems to think that inaction is the best option. They don’t seem to be concerned about the alienation of the Kashmiris. So, the government isnt afraid to try a new tactic. It does not want to.

    Also, rehtoric doesn’t help, even if it is there. People can understand, especially after so many years, don’t you think?

    • Which still doesn’t answer the question of why the indian government thinks this way now, does it? I don’t think dealing with “the government” as if it is some abstract black box that is simply predestined to behave in a certain way is very useful in analyzing this sort of thing. (And may I say, it feels really weird to be telling that to YOU 🙂 )

      “People can understand” and see through rhetoric? Oh, please.

  3. By the government, I meant primarily the PM and PC. From words and actions (the latest ones included), they don’t seem to bother about the Kashmiris (the same way the PM bothers about the Indo-US Nuke Deal or PC about wiping out naxalism). So, why does the government act the way it does? Not sure, though it appears that its stuck with maintaining “the unity and integrity of India”.

    About rhetoric: I dunno if you are following the Kashmir movement on the web, but I have been struck by the intelligence of some of the people writing articles from Kashmir on blogs and smalltime papers. Considering the amount of shit that gets thrown around on the web, quite remarkable.

    • Well, the PM and PC are a reasonable proxy for the govt, but again, the behaviour is just as baffling as ever.

      I find it interesting that you think blogs and small-time papers are representative of the populace in general.

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