‘This anger is now too far gone to be easily reversed’
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Such is the attitudes all around on the sensitive border state that peace in the volatile Kashmir valley refers now merely to the absence of violence. Thus, a few days of incident free life in the valley is taken canada goose outlet germany as an affirmation of the political process, even when the facts are to the contrary like the abysmal turnout in the recent local body elections.
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His latest book, The Generation of Rage is Kashmir, is a must read for everyone concerned about the state’s future, especially the policy makers who have often been blindsided by the twists and turns in the agitation.
The book is first and foremost a reporter’s work Devadas is a veteran journalist, and this book offers an insight as much into his working process as it is a reflection of the true situation on the ground and does what a reporter is ingrained to do: Let the voices tell their own story.
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I have known you for long, and as a political journalist to begin with. When and how did the interest in Kashmir begin? Or was it a natural extension of what you were doing?
When I was a political editor in the’90s, I covered Kashmir, along with the Mandir Masjid issue, the Lok Sabha, the Cabinet, prime minister’s office. the gamut. In 1998, a publisher suggested I write a book, saying: ‘You are an expert on Kashmir. It’ll take you six months.’
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canadian goose jacket When my first book was finished, I thought I was done with Kashmir. But when agitations broke out after the land transfer in 2008, I was again told that I was an expert and should write another. canadian goose jacket
It’s become a bit of a trap: the more canada goose factory outlet toronto location I do, the more I get drawn into it.
You spend a lot of time in the valley, do canada goose outlet store montreal you also live there? Or alternate between Kashmir and Delhi?
I’ve lived in homes there for long periods almost every year since 1995. I come and go, but have spent more time in Kashmir than in Delhi over the past decade.
In the beginning, I presume it must have been difficult to make inroads, find acceptance among locals. How did you manage to break the ice?
The only ice is on the lake in midwinter, Sai. The Kashmiri people’s warmth and hospitality is unrivalled. And I have found in general, there and elsewhere too, that if one goes up to people and talks to them with an open heart and mind, they respond and share a lot.
From your earliest foray to now, canada goose uk site how has the Kashmir issue changed/evolved?
It has become far more entrenched. The gap has grown. Anger has risen.
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The sad thing is that this has not been a continuous slide. Around 1993 to 1995, and again around 2004 to 2007, people by and large were willing to settle down to a negotiated peace peace with dignity.