What data says about violence in Kashmir
Acknowledging the qualitative shift in the nature of violence is necessary for dealing with the Kashmir situation
A report by the parliamentary panel on home affairs, led by former home minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram, has concluded that “after the 1971 war, the present is the most vulnerable period for the borders of the country." The report cited “a large number of cease fire violations" —more than 100 in the space of two months in 2016—to back the statement. It has called for stepping up diplomatic efforts to reduce ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), which it says has turned people living in border areas into “internal refugees". How true are such dramatic claims?