Stone pelting a new form of protest in Kashmir

  • Dr MOHMMAD RAFI BHAT university of Kashmir
Keywords: Kashmir conflict, stone pelting, alienation, protests

Abstract

When normal outlets of human expression remain choked, catharsis finds its likely way - either through slogans or rocks or violent other means. There are reasons why despite the establishment of a ‘democratic’ political order in Jammu & Kashmir, the anger on its streets remains. The fundamental reason is political. There is a feeling of political and economic disempowerment. Kashmiri youth, faced with a strong state and its security apparatus, also nurse feelings of helplessness and powerlessness. Dissent, peaceful or otherwise, has almost always meant persecution. The cumulative result is accumulated anger. The fourth generation of Kashmiris is today doing what the first generation did some 60-70 years ago; they are venting their anger and frustration with the political system through street resistance. Having no platform for expressing their political opinion, they resort to hurling stones. The paper is based on field study in Srinagar. where stone pelting is frequent.

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Published
2018-02-02
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