Over a dozen people died on what could be termed as Kashmir’s bloody Saturday. The dead included an Assistant Professor of Kashmir university, who had done a PhD in sociology. The young professor had made a conscious choice and paid the ultimate price for this. The spate and number of deaths is not only mournful but also deeply worrisome; these should instead of certain tones concentrate minds and induce a course correction vis a vis Kashmir. The case of the Assistant professor serves as a powerful reminder for this. At the end of the day, the young person was a trained academic; that is, he was a thinker. If and when a academic cum thinker in and of society makes a conscious decision to disavow thinking and choose a path wherein it is but certain that he will pay the ultimate price, it should set sober minds thinking. The Assistant professor was, on the face of it, on the cusp and trajectory of a rewarding career, in every sense of the term, financially, emotionally and growth wise; the profile that has appeared in public of the young man suggests he was a normal guy and there was nothing that disturbed him or had the potential to throw him out of kilter. Yet, the young academic chose a path where he would definitely know that the end game meant paying the ultimate price. The Assistant professor’s trajectory serves as a metaphor for the tragedy called Kashmir. The blighted place, it would, appear is, under a deep curse, of which its people are or have been paying a price since decades. Now, reverting to the Assistant professor and his trajectory, what may be the determinative and causative influence is the structure and context that defines the consciousness of Kashmiris. The reference here is to the dominant reality of Kashmir, which is the conflict. If this assertion holds, then the obvious inference that can be drawn from this is that consciousness cannot be killed; it is actually the context and the structure that needs to be addressed. Broken down, this means that the conflict and its various dimensions need to be resolved. This is a prosaic fact that needs to be understood and recognized. In the final analysis, neither force nor its surrogates will resolve the conflict in and over Kashmir. What will is sincerity of purpose, dexterous and meaningful statecraft that sates the needs, interests and aspirations of all stakeholders. The sooner, the better.