Kashmir: When domestic politics hurts national security

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The recent spike in targeted killings of Hindus and Sikhs in Kashmir marks a turning point in the political situation in the Valley, with implications for India’s national security and regional geopolitics.

India has tried hard to demonstrate a return to normalcy since the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)’s special status as per Article 370 on August 5, 2019. But these developments, in conjunction with recent cross-border infiltration attempts, indicate a well-thought-out counter-attack that is sustainable despite India’s powerful counter-insurgency grid in Kashmir.

Often executed in broad daylight in urban and semi-urban areas using small firearms, these killings focus on soft targets such as members of local minority communities, non-local economic migrants, police officers, “pro-India” journalists, and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)/Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers. They are designed to inflame public opinion, further strain…

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