Amid the desperate lockdown the state in Kashmir is trying hard to make effective, the people are appear to be defiant as never before in front of the militarized state writ. Every day people stage protests, brave bullets and the deadly pellets as hospitals continue to be overwhelmed dealing with the brutality of the state force as much as an undiminished resolve for what the ongoing confrontation spells. Tens of thousands defy the state’s writ every day to demonstrate the resolve for winning the political rights that have eluded this people since centuries in general, and the last seven decades in particular under Indian rule. On the ground the entire body of deceitful political arguments has been laid bare like a skeleton of a corpse, which has lost all flesh to the elements of denial in Kashmir. The state’s and the average pro-India politician’s ensemble of rhetorical and fake statements of concern for and welfare of the people stands empties out. It has started looking like a bare bones fight between the right and the fragile might.
The state’s moral latitude, if it existed in the first place, is gone from its realm too, just like the middle ground it was deployed in for the reasons of the state itself. The pro-India politician has been taken almost out of the equation, but it appears not to have left a vacuum behind. It has been replaced by an embryonic imagination of victory, the driving force for the ongoing protestation. Unlike any such episodes in the past, like 1990, 2008 or 2010, the uprising of 2016 is diffused and widespread, and it is its own engine. This makes it a clear fight between the people of Kashmir and the state forces, force being all that the state is left with here. The carefully constructed political structure has lost its influence and legitimacy in a matter of a month, or as a consequence of what a young rebel leader’s life and death represent for the people.
Amid this scenario a new system, code and solidarity, which has no structures, has replaced the old order of stifling control that had evolved over the last roughly three decades. The scenario reminds one of the Algerian situation of the last century when everything latent begins to unravel for the people to read and note. The people appear to have grasped the reality, as it exists today, unlike the pro-India politician who is still hopeful of the old methods working sooner or later. The whole scene looks like a classic confrontation whose magnetism might pull the keys into sight.