I don't know if its fake persona to hide something sinister underneath, but browsing through TSP rags, I see quite a few deep state commentators pompously suggesting that they 'take the moral high ground' and not use pigLeTs. And their reasoning is that sooner or later, curfew will be lifted and Kashmiris will be out on the streets protesting and will expose the "ugly face of Hinduthva" to the "world" (read white west; TSP RAPE are as colonized slaves as the worst of ours).
But reading Indian army accounts, TSP has not relented on its use of pigLeTs, except that with the lock down, its not easy for local KMs to help execute their plan. So I guess TSP is bidding time with its PR machine on full throttle, and when curfew is lifted, sacrifice a some KMs and their pigLeTs in the hope that mayhem will ensue. Same old. I sense nothing new.
To the extent that white opinions and those of their mouthpieces matter, I have asked some pointed questions and dared them to take a stand. Not that they will respond, but just tried anyway. Here are a sampling:
Last time I can remember a month-long press clampdown in #Kashmir was...
I reported from Kashmir at the height of the insurgency (1995), and during times far more volatile (1998, 1999) than #NewDelhi claims is the situation today.
If that's true, let the story be told.
A month since the lockdown, if the Indian govt is convinced that everything is NORMAL in Kashmir, why are non Indian, foreign journalists not allowed access to the valley. Why are they denied permit to report from Kashmir ?
Jonah, remember you as an intellectual from my participation at SAJA in NYC. Do you accept J&K is integral part of India? If yes, when Muslims there collude with Pak in demanding secession and commit acts of wanton terror, don't you think any country is duty bound to clamp down?
On the other hand if you believe right to secession by Muslims in Kashmit valley is a "democratic right", then your criticism of India is valid. Please take a stand. Which side are you on? Neutrality is a cop out.