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Indian policemen patrol a deserted street in Srinagar. Photo: Faisal Khan/Al Jazeera. By Parvaiz Bukhari When democracy is so hollowed out, that it is rendered incapable of letting the people evolve answers to issues facing a nation, the state apparatus is pushed to practice what many call neocolonialism, or else repression. However, most of the time the phenomenon remains obfuscated in the din of democratist pronouncements that ultimately take the shape of propaganda glorifying the state. The least that could be said about such a state of affairs is that it is not healthy. But, sometimes tender parts of a

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An army man stands guard. (Photo: Burhan Kinu) In the international media, the murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad raised crucial concerns about the intimidation and targeting of journalists and political activists by the ISI in Pakistan. However, the detention and deportation of human rights advocate Gautam Navlakha from Kashmir has barely been mentioned. As Vaclav Havel argues, it is often only death that makes a story. According to Havel, it is not merely brute force and violence, but rather subtle and insidious forms of coercion which enable an efficient system of oppression. He writes that ‘this remarkable absence of

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By Seema Duhan [O]ver the last 60 days of summers, the time of maximum mobility and economic activities has been sacrificed in the Kashmir Valley to the latest uprising. People poured down on the streets, not just from the areas falling under the 5 Police Stations located in the urban pockets as claimed by a senior Journalist on the basis of his agency sources, rather widespread including many semi-urban and rural centres from all the districts of Kashmir Valley demanding “Go India Go”. These angry people were answering bullets and tear gas shells targeted at them with stones. Men, women,