The grave situation in Jammu has the potential of escalating into dangerous polarization
By K.N. Pandita
No relent is in sight in the six-day old bandh and curfew in Jammu city and some of the towns in the region, which have brought life to thorough stand still. This is reminiscent of historic Praja Parishad agitation, the first mass movement in Jammu against discrimination by the populist regime.
Protest rallies were initially brought out in various parts of Jammu region against the government, which succumbed timidly to communal pressures and withdrew Sshri Amarnath Shrine Board land allocation deal. But the ongoing bandh and curfew are a sequel to NC chairman, Omar Abdullah’s trust vote speech in the parliament on 22 July. Jammu protesters have labeled it a speech laced with communal and regional undertones. Surprisingly, the Prime Minister and the Congress Chief both were shown on live Lok Sabha channel clapping their hands in appreciation of Omar’s contentious statement.