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On Republic Day, Lt Governor Flags Militancy as Biggest Concern in Kashmir

Published Jan 28, 2020
Updated Feb 29, 2020

Terrorism the violent manifestation of militancy is easier to control than militancy which implies support of the people to the terrorist’s cause.

Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor G C Murmu flagged concerns over militancy on the First Republic Day message of the new Union Territory formed on 31 October last year. “On this day, I salute the bravery of our police and security forces for battling militancy and ensuring that there is public order in Jammu and Kashmir. The nation is proud of them,” Murmu said in his Republic Day message “We also pay homage to civilians who have fallen prey to wanton violence,” he added

However the Lt Governor said, “Militancy remains our biggest concern as innocent youth are indoctrinated to take misguided paths. Although incidents of militancy have come down drastically, the threat posed by it requires attention not only to eradicate it but also prevent loss due to it,” he said.

“Our priority was that there should be no bloodshed which we have achieved,” he said. “We facilitated people to perform their tasks even under difficult circumstances. I thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir for cooperating on this front,” he said.

Shaswati Das writing for the Mint on January 27 quoting intelligence and security data of Union Ministry of Home has stated that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has been successful in recruiting youth in South Kashmir last year. Shopian, Pulwama, and Awantipora were the main areas for induction into the outfit. Numbers were however low from August to November at 11. Security enforcements were undertaken in Kashmir in the first week of August after repealing of Article 370 on 05 August by the Indian parliament.

In 2019 Das states that 37 terrorists were recruited from Pulwama, while 22 were recruited from Shopian. In comparison, in north Kashmir, 14 terrorists were recruited from Anantnag, while 12 each were recruited from Baramulla and Kulgam.

On the flip side security forces gunned down 50 JeM terrorists in 2019, 19 being from Pakistan. The local terrorist outfit the Hizbul Mujahideen lost 46 terrorists and the third outfit in the Valley Lashkar-e-Taiba lost 35, five being from across the border.

In 2019, 157 terrorists were killed in Kashmir while 257 were killed in 2018. 62 cases of grenade attacks in 2019, compared to 91 cases in 2018.

Stone-pelting cases dropped to 666 in 2019, against 850 in 2018. Civilian injuries increased manifold from 74 in 2018 to 193 in 2019 as per figures from the MHA quoted by Da.While there is good success in elimination of terrorists, it is evident that concerns over rise in militancy that is popular support to separatism continues in Kashmir.

Terrorism the violent manifestation of militancy is easier to control than militancy which implies support of the people to the terrorists cause.

To curb militancy and disaffection in the youth, Chief of Defence Staff and former Army Chief General Bipin Rawat stirred up the debate by saying that there should be de-radicalisation camps for youth in Jammu and Kashmir.


“We should start counter-radicalisation programmes while identifying who are the people to have been radicalised and to what degree. Then look at them who are completely radicalised and then look towards the future. What we are seeing in Kashmir, young boys and girls as young as 10 years old have been radicalised, but they can still be isolated from radicalisation in a gradual manner,” General Rawat had said at the Raisina Dialogue 2020 last week.