Saturday, July 19, 2014

Anthropogenic heat-wave in Kashmir (451F)

The Amarnath Yatra was suspended....50 people were injured in police action….110 tents and community kitchens were gutted in fire and 70 LPG cylinders exploded....police fired teargas shells and lathi-charged locals...  
Every year it is the same stupid movie, thousands of devotees marching up to Amarnath through hostile territory (you hate us and we hate you back) and all it takes is a small spark to morph into a giant fireball.

Kashmir differs from Gaza strip in that the local administration (and even militants) is made more pliant by Indian bribes. Also Indian tolerance for dead troops is probably higher than that of Israel. This is as opposed to the Uighurs who are being subjected to ethnic swamping and cultural genocide.  

It may be short-sighted (and wishful thinking) on our behalf but Kashmir at this point looks more stable than Xinjiang. If any future peace treaty leads to withdrawal of army then that may be the best possible compromise to be had amongst the main stake-holders (except the Pandits who will never see their native land again).

At the end of the day cold war is just as bad as hot war. India of all countries should have the courage to solve difficult problems through non-violence. In the worst case scenario it has to learn how to let go with grace. India should build a strong, high wall along the Chenab river and look East to South-East Asia. 

The advantage of this strategy will be that North-East will finally see the development it deserves. There are many many valleys in Arunachal Pradesh, just as beautiful as Kashmir and much more serene.
The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on Friday after at least 50 people were injured in police action and clashes between two groups following alleged stabbing of a Kashmiri businessman near Baltal base camp.     

Around 110 tents and bhandara or community kitchens were gutted in fire and 70 LPG cylinders exploded. Police also arrested four people including two CRPF men for the violence.

Officials said the pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas continued along the Pahalgam route and was only suspended via Baltal in Ganderbal district. The suspension is temporary, officials said. Police said 20 people were hurt when police fired teargas shells and lathicharged locals protesting against the attack on Anwar Khan, who supplies tents to pilgrims in Baltal.

News agencies said the quarrel turned violent after the CRPF tried to intervene and at least two jawans were arrested based on allegations against them of setting some tents on fire.

Khan was injured and taken to a Srinagar hospital after owners of a kitchen, Rahul and Rohit, allegedly stabbed him over a dispute. Police sources said IG (Kashmir) Abdul Gani Mir rushed to the scene to monitor the situation.
 The CRPF constables arrested were Pawan and Sushil, along with the two langar owners for the attack after hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the stabbing as the news of the attack spread.

"A law and order situation arose because of some minor squabble between some people in Baltal Yatra camp. The situation has been brought under control. Some civilians and policemen got injured in the incident,'' said a police spokesman. He added some tents and a few langars caught fire, which was brought under control. A source said 110 tents and langars were burnt down.





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