BY CLAUDE RAKISITS It has been well over six months since the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to revoke by presidential order Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) special autonomous status within India.
Prime Minister Modi declared the situation would be back to normal after four months. It’s already been over six months since the presidential order came down and normality is far from being close to being restored. In addition to the human cost of the massive clampdown which accompanied Modi’s dictate, the economic consequences of effectively shutting down Kashmir have been catastrophic.
Bearing in mind the long history of political repression in Kashmir and the recent developments, it’s obvious the present situation in Kashmir cannot continue and will simply get worse. There are four reasons why there needs to be a circuit-breaker.