SRINAGAR, Kashmir — Before Feb. 9, the anniversary of the death of Muhammad Afzal, a Kashmiri who was hanged for his role in a 2001 attack on Parliament, the state government took its usual precautions to head off unrest. A curfew was imposed, Internet access was cut off, and additional police officers were posted around Srinagar.
The anniversary passed quietly as residents observed a three-day strike called by local leaders who want an independent Kashmir. But behind closed doors, young Kashmiris were increasingly talking of violence, frustrated by the inability to protest in the streets and the futility of bashing India on the Internet and losing faith in separatist leaders.
While many Kashmiris don’t want to see a revival of the violent struggle for freedom that raged during the 1990s, causing tens of thousands of deaths and disappearances, there is a growing sentiment among those in their 20s that violence can be justified when they have no peaceful means to express their dissent…read it at The New York Times.