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By J Irshad India may boast of its status as the “most populous democratic republic in the world”, but the country has never known freedom. The people of India may have achieved independence, but to this day they remain bound, shackled and enslaved. Thousands of people across the country – and world – proudly raise the tricolor, sing themselves hoarse of Jana Gana Mana and raise hollow cries of Jai Hind. I ask then: what are you saluting, O Indian citizen? Do you raise your hands in salutation for the thousands India has mercilessly tortured and killed in Kashmir? Does

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, at the Indian Independence day parade in Srinagar. By Sheikh Usman Kashmiri’s have a different way of celebrating India’s Independence Day. This way has changed from time to time and generation to generation. But one thing has always remained common, that is, to observe this day as Black Day in Kashmir with a strike call from the separatist groups for decades. Modes of protest and showing resentment toward India’s independence has somewhat changed. From militant strikes in 90s to online activism in present times, Kashmir’s have always been upfront to make sure that