Life returns to normalcy after 4 long months in kashmir valley
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]N[/dropcap]arendra Modi led Union government with active support from the Mehbooba Mufti led alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir has finally broken the backbone of network of separatist leaders as majority of residents across Kashmir valley have resumed their normal life after a gap of over four months.
The public transport and private vehicles also plied normally and street shops attracted lot of customers despite intense cold wave conditions.
Kashmir was observing complete shut down since July 9, a day after the Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces in an operation in South Kashmir district of Anantnag.
The last two days saw resumption of normal business activity across all the district headquarters in the valley. The markets are expected to resume normal activity from Monday by defying separatist hartal call.
During the weekend markets were thrown open for full day and on Saturday majority of educational institutions resumed their normal activity. The public transport and private vehicles also plied normally and street shops attracted lot of customers despite intense cold wave conditions.
People were seen buying woollens and other winter wears to beat the nail biting chill.
Under pressure from the common will of the people of Kashmir even the separatist leaders had announced two day long relaxation in the hartal calendar for the first time in the 133 day long bandh call.
Hurriyat leaders looking for a face saving formula?
According to insiders in the separatist camp even the elite Hurriyat leadership was searching for an opportunity to resume normal activity.
Ever since the state police had announced crack down against the troublemakers in the Kashmir valley the law and order situation had started showing signs of normalcy since mid October.
Even in the absence of any incidents of stone pelting the majority of population was adhering to the hartal calendar. Sudden change on ground zero came to the fore after Modi govt launched a crackdown against the black money in circulation.
Counterfeit currency thrown out of the system
After the scrapping of 500 and 1000 currency notes even the counterfeit currency was thrown out of the system and the militant handlers and other separatist sympathisers channelising the street protests started facing fund crunch. This resulted in total shutdown of stone pelting industry thriving in the Kashmir valley at the behest of hawala money.
One of the aim behind demonetization was checking free flow of hawala money which is used to galvanise terror machinery in the Kashmir valley. Even the separatist leaders have been left stranded as they had allegedly amassed huge sums of money through ‘hawala’ conduits to sustain on going street protests.
Separatist leaders failed to impose their writ in Burhan Wani’s hometown?
Interestingly, the separatists failed to impose their writ even in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the hometown of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.Normal life returned to normalcy even in his home town with markets remaining open and brisk business activity reported from various corners of the district.
According to police records at least 97 people including two cops were killed while over 15,000 others sustained injuries with over 700 of them hit by pellets fired by security forces.
The intensity of protests was gradually reducing in the area following a massive crackdown launched by police on protesters.
The state police spokesman claimed the shopkeepers in all major towns Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Awantipora, Pampore, Bijbehara, Tral and Mattan witnessed huge rush of customers.
Mehbooba faces litmus test
Now it remains to be seen whether the Mehbooba Mufti led alliance govt in the state would be able to consolidate and tighten its grip over the state administrative machinery in the coming days and deliver better, transparent and more responsive government to the deprived people of the state.
As Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti would be facing litmus test once again as she not only faces the wrath of the people of Kashmir but resurgent opposition parties in the Kashmir valley who are eager to pull her down by exposing her poor governance and lack of administrative acumen which in first place created this situation in the Kashmir valley in the wake of killing of Burhan Wani.
On the other hand role of Narendra Modi led alliance govt also assumes added significance as the centre govt would have to extend hand of friendship to the people of Kashmir and restart the process of healing them and tackling the issue of Kashmir through a different prism.