Window in Kashmir
 With each day the solution is becoming difficult
 The police manning the recently burnt down shrine Peer Dastgeer
 Sahib in Srinagar
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab
Perhaps, it is in the nature of the conflict or politics that Kashmir runs out of neither surprises nor its own logic. Conflicting opinions, turnarounds, warnings, threats, optimism, complacency, everything comes with its own irrefutable logic, and of course surprise. The ebb and tide of street protests, violence and peace follow their own course with neither great provocation nor believable reassurance. And so, it was only to be expected that the summer of 2012 would not be a repetition of any summers gone by.

This one seems to be the season of sacrilege. The first to throw the stone at the holy cow was Hurriyat (M) leader, Professor Abdul Ghani Bhat, who by publicly questioning the validity of the UN resolutions on Kashmir in early May, threw the splintered-Separatist fraternity into further camps. Some asked him to retract his statement, others
called for his expulsion. Even as Bhat revelled in rattling others, his party leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq struggled with his response, before settling for the safest, though lamest reaction. He said, “In a democracy everyone has a right to say what they want to.”

Meanwhile, defending his statement, Bhat says, “I don’t mind if people think that my statement is a climb-down. I think I deserve kudos for finally accepting the ground reality; for moving from idealism to pragmatism.”

Another separatist leader, though not officially a member of Hurriyat (and thereby a relatively independent activist), Sajad Lone, having tasted the bitter electoral pill in 2009, is once again openly sharpening his fangs for the state assembly elections 2014, where he is hopeful of drawing blood if not upsetting the apple cart completely.
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