After a summer of articles extolling the peace and a return of tourism to the Kashmir Valley, suddenly violence breaks out again. How large, how wide, how destructive, we don’t know yet.
The signs were there for anyone willing to speak to Kashmiris — frustrations were simmering, anger was brewing — but official government lines took precedent over the voice of the people, and so this latest outbreak came as a ‘surprise’, surprisingly.
My interest in Kashmir — already piqued and constant over the past few years — has increased of late. Is it time for another trip to Srinagar?
I think it might be.