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    Beyond the Romance of Death and Violence, Kashmiri Youths Lash Out Against Their Tarnished Image


    Brandishing guns either in traditional Kashmiri pheran or combat dress, sporting a beard, sometimes with half-covered faces and holding stones in hands; this is what one usually sees if one searches for “Kashmiri youth” on Google.

    “Hum kya chahte? Azadi (What do we want? Freedom)” reverberates across Kashmir every time there is a protest, or funeral of a terrorist. It has been described as an “anthem of resistance” which sums up the “collective aspiration of Kashmiris” to gain freedom from .

    However, there is large section of young, aspiring and hopeful men and women in the beleaguered valley who believe in the idea of Kashmir being part of India but are frustrated by how Kashmiri youth is perceived by outsiders.

    After the Pulwama attack, there were several cases reported from the state of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka where local people stigmatised the Kashmiri students or traders as militants. At some places, Kashmiris are questioned and frisked at security checks more carefully than others.

    It is because everyone outside thinks that every Kashmiri is a terrorist and every Kashmiri is a Pakistani, which is not true, says Aayat*, a media graduate from Srinagar.

    Local Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter in July 2016. Dozens of people lost their life and hundreds of Kashmiris reportedly suffered pellet injuries after being fired upon by security forces during the violence and stone-pelting over several months after Burhan…

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