Cross-border terrorism is almost dead. Pakistan is engulfed in its own problems. So why does the Kashmir problem not die too?
Could it be because ordinary people do not like living in a police state? And, when they protest, they do not like being treated as terrorists and fired upon?
We shoot down unarmed protestors. Which incites more protest, and we shoot them down too. (Even unarmed motorcycles are not spared.) We ban the media. We squash civil liberties. And all this is “legalised” by the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (which was originally framed for the north-east, and extended to Kashmir in 1990). Our “law” allows the army to fire on protestors, invade people’s homes, search them, take people away without warrant, and be immune from prosecution for all this. That’s the law that has ruled the north-east for over 50 years, and Jammu and Kashmir for 20 years.
Now, why do we call ourselves a democracy? Why do we pretend that we have a free press? And why do we expect the people of those states to be grateful for these things?