Kashmir - Will Counter Militancy (Not only Militants) Gain Momentum in 2019?

There is a not so subtle difference between countering militancy and neutralising terrorists in encounters that old hands in counter insurgency know too well from experience in this domain of conflicts over last many decades. The fact is that killing terrorists will not end militancy – the root cause and support of the masses that is the oxygen that sustains the long war. To eliminate the root cause - political initiative is necessary while to gain support of the masses, a people friendly approach is essential. It is not surprising thus that while 2018 marked a major success in eliminating terrorists with 253 killed the highest numbers in the last decade, there is no assurance that this will mean the end of terrorism in Kashmir as there are no signs of the Government in Delhi willing to take a political initiative either through talks with all stakeholders including the separatists in Kashmir or with Pakistan................................. [660 Words, Four Minutes Read].

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