The turbulence in the valley subsequent to the encounter of Burhan Wani. Hizbul Mujahidden commander is a reflection of the failure of law and order mechanism in the State as well as administrative machinery of the Centre. 30 lives have been lost and many more are injured. Besides, the economic loss is there. What else we are waiting for?
Recently, there were intelligence reports regarding polarisation of youth in the valley. Whether any action was taken by the Government and corrective measures were initiated in this regard is not known. The polarised discourse and flip flop regarding talks with Pakistan provided oxygen to the separatists to fuel the situation for the worse. The intensity of the youth unrest, particularly in Southern Kashmir, is a matter of serious concern.
Wani created more terrorists after his death than during his lifetime. Until now, we were worried about terrorism across the borders but if the recent incidents are of any indication, then popular support to militancy in the valley is a more serious threat. If we still remain indifferent to the situation, the result which is there for all of us to see would be repeated more often.
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With the number of registered unemployed youth crossing 6 lakh mark, Jammu and Kashmir has the highest unemployment rate of 5.3 per cent in comparison to its four neighboring states. A serious thought should be given to provide employment opportunities to the youth in the region, both educated or otherwise, which cool down the temper. Probably, the Prime Minister should experiment his Skill India and Start Up India missions in Jammu & Kashmir.