Build-up in Kashmir

The surge in troop deployment and the eviction of tourists and pilgrims from Kashmir have left the people flummoxed and fearful. (Front page, “Uncertainty grips Kashmir Valley,” August 4). At the same time, one cannot question the government’s right to adopt pre-emptive measures based on actionable intelligence about possible attacks. Though the government cannot be expected to reveal the exact details of the intelligence reports, a reassuring clarification that the security blanket is not to further any political agenda will help to assuage the people’s concerns.

V.N. Mukundarajan,


The situation in Kashmir, in the wake of the Centre’s decision to ask Amarnath pilgrims to cancel their trips and its move to increase the number of troops in the Valley, is a cause for concern. The government’s actions give an impression that its top echelons are planning something ‘big’ and its unilateral handling of all issues is bound to have serious repercussions. The BJP would do well to remember that notwithstanding its brute majority in Parliament, democratic governance is premised on consensus.

J. Anantha Padmanabhan,


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