Mounting unrest in Kashmir and the drivers behind it can appear endlessly complex. Simplification is needed for that reason alone, yet the conflict also breaks down naturally. The vast roots that disrupt Kashmir and Jammu were bundled together on July 8th by India’s Cabinet Committee on Security when it backed a “maximum crackdown” in Srinagar, the regional capital. Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Kashmir and Jammu, argued, “I had to put a stop to this cycle of violence,” a futile fallacy.
Maximum protests ensued giving way to renewed violence and casualties. Nine months ago Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of Kashmir’s leading political bloc, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, allegedly met with Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram in New Delhi to re-ignite the peace process. Now he tells reporters from under house arrest, “People have lost faith. The constituency of peace is shrinking day by day… The peace process is in tatters.”