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The kashmiri plight post burhan wani
Ever since Burhan Wani, the young commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in early July, Kashmir has been in a state of shutdown - schools have been deserted, traffic has been halted and shops have been closed in Kashmir. Except for certain chemist shops and street vendors work for specific times of the week. Public services like public distribution system and health care have been kept running. All over towns and villages in Kashmir, the most common graffiti found is “Go India, go back”. A protests calendar is drawn up by popular Hurriyat leaders every week suggesting protests including performing namaz (prayers) on the road, occupying the roads, visiting those injured by pellet guns, freedom marches to the district headquarters, sit-ins in various locations, boycotting government offices, holding conventions on the right to self-determination and holding up banners saying We Want Freedom . Add to this, an array of restrictions on civil liberties that doesn t allow international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Council to visit Kashmir, on local human rights activists, banning student politics has ensured that this state of affairs goes unchallenged. Public discussions on situation in Kashmir are rare in India.

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