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By Shubh Mathur

Considering the fact that 1989, whilst the move for Kashmiri independence took the shape of an armed insurgency, it's been the most hugely militarized areas on this planet. This booklet is predicated at the concept that retaining reminiscence is imperative to the fight for justice and to sometime rebuild a society shattered by means of twenty years of armed clash.

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APDP members received threats and were attacked as they sought to find the truth through the courts and media. Two leading members were killed. Parveena and the other family members began sitins on roads, in front of the courts, at Sufi shrines (ziarat, places of pilgrimage), outside Parveena’s house as a means of protest, to demand the truth about the missing ones and justice for the crimes committed against them. If they are dead, they said, give us their bodies so we may bury them. If they are buried, tell us where the graves are.

State-sponsored violations of civil liberties and fundamental democratic rights of citizens had been normal, indeed institutionalized practice in Indian Jammu and Kashmir for four decades prior to 1990. But what unfolded in IJK from 1990 on was of a different order and magnitude—a massive human rights crisis. From the perspective of Indian counterinsurgency strategy, a surgical response was not feasible given the manifestly popular nature of the uprising. Indeed, an Indian journalist reported in THE FORGOTTEN MASSACRES 29 April 1990 that the azaadi movement had united workers, engineers, schoolteachers, shopkeepers, doctors, lawyers, even former MLAs [members of the IJK legislative assembly] and Jammu and Kashmir police.

Then they left, and our lawn was filled with neighbours. Papa put on a brave face as he was being removed from the house, carried by three men. He pointed his finger towards me and signalled something to the next door neighbour, a woman who was holding my hand. She hugged me, moving my face towards her and away from the scene. “My father was moved to a nearby hospital for a few days and only very recently did he reveal the happenings of that night; how he had been tortured and beaten mercilessly.

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