Religious extremism is increasingly influencing the youth of Kashmir, PDP’s MP in Lok Sabha Muzaffar Beg said in the all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Beg said that there is a need to address the dangerous situation with “counter-narrative of nationalism and democracy” starting at the school-level.
According to the TOI, Beg said that the trouble in the valley is a “battle of minds” and that this unrest is “different from earlier protests”. Beg drew a dangerous situation of the Valley pointing out that the situation is influenced by “religious extremism” which might go out of hand like a “subterranean volcano”.
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Hinting at Pakistan’s influence in the region, he said that any unrest might have the involvement of a “foreign country”.
He also pointed to the fact that even women are now participating in the protests in large numbers, unlike previously.
The increasing involvement of the Islamic State was hinted at by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference.
He said that “the change taking place in the world over also ideologically has a role to play in the valley”. A few weeks ago, Syed Salahuddin, the founder of Hizbul Mujahideen, had said in an interview
that the Kashmir issue was less about azaadi
and more about Islam. “The Kashmiri movement was Islamised from day one. Why do you think an educated young man, who has a bright future otherwise, is willing to die? Azaadi is not his objective,” he said.