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.
- Q+A: What’s happening in troubled Kashmir? (reuters.com)
- Does India Have an Endgame in Kashmir? (time.com)