Has demonetisation move really halted protests in Kashmir?
As the cash-strapped people brave it out in never-ending queues to exchange old currency notes for the fourth straight day across the country, there seems to be no sign on how long the chaos will last. The situation is not different in Jammu and Kashmir but that wasn’t what one news website reported.
The site said terror activities and stonepelting had come down in the Valley since the youth were busy changing their old notes into new ones. But that is not the case. The state which often experiences internet ban can’t even opt for digital transactions or net banking.
This article, in a backhanded way, seems to credit the Narendra Modi government for an incident-free state due to the demonetisation of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes. This is an attempt to divert attention from the sorrows of the people who are standing in queues for hours.
It asserts that young protesters in Kashmir “perform some thrilling and adventurous activities” of pelting stones at Indian Army jawans to get paid and calls their protest, in which some lost their life and some their sight in the last few months, as “a fun-filled job”.
The article says, “Separatists are clueless, their funders speechless and as a result the stone-pelters jobless. PM Modi kills three birds in one stone.”
The writer prefers to be silent about the longest curfew in Jammu and Kashmir’s history which has reached 128 days.