Connect with us


The New Age Militants of Kashmir – Educated, Motivated but Untrained



Around 300 youths were killed in encounters in Kashmir in 2018 alone, the government and security forces should acknowledge that dynamics of militancy in the Valley has changed. The 2016 Burhan Wani’s killing gave birth to a ‘new phase of militancy’ in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). And it presents multiple security challenges.

Are Drugs, Money and Religion Driving Stone Pelting in Kashmir?

Since the launch of ‘Operation All Out’ in 2017, the security forces have eliminated hundreds of militants but the recruitment drive and radicalization continues unabated in Kashmir. Interestingly, these ‘new militants’ lack skills and knowledge of arms survival but they are giving a tough time to the security forces.

The Centre for Internal and Regional Security has highlighted a worrisome trend that the recruits are not crossing over to Pakistan for arms training or seeking ideological motivation. “Instead, they are mostly self-motivated-some, well-intentioned and some disillusioned-local boys volunteering to join militant ranks to die for azaadi (freedom).”

Alienation of Kashmiri Youths

One of the key drivers is the continued alienation of Kashmiri youths. And Pakistan has pedalled the perception that the Kashmiri Muslims were being oppressed by Hindu-dominated India. The youth of Kashmir is undeniably the dominant player in the terrorist onslaught. It is of paramount importance to explore the factors that impact the thought process of the educated, politically conscious and free-thinking Kashmiri youth.

Some Kashmiris also blame the security agencies’ ill-treatment of the local youth for the growing anger and increasing recruitment. Widespread protests in 2008 and 2010 and Afzal Guru’s hanging in 2013 are other contributors to the current phase of militancy.” The think tank also highlights the social media platforms for sharing propaganda videos, letters, text messages further expanding militancy’s reach.


‘Weapon snatching’ from security forces, security personnel themselves taking off with the weapons and random firing at security personnel have notedly increased. This was evident in the recent municipal polls and panchayat elections. Then militants came up with new strategies – targeting the J&K police; and most recently, they went on a killing spree, wiping off ‘informers’.

The state administration and central government took ‘much-needed’ measures to strengthen the state police. According to the Centre for Internal and Regional Security anti-militancy operations were fortified under the Governor’s Rule. “There appears to be better coordination between the central and state security agencies in this regard. Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) and Search and Destroy Operations (SADOs) may further increase in vulnerable areas such as the four districts of South Kashmir.”

But as per recent armed forces activities, they seem to be on an ‘elimination drive’. To prevent and avoid loss of life, they have to come up with new strategies. They have to win the Kashmiris over. It will take time but it has to be done. This is better than human cost.

More News at EurAsian Times





j20-vs-tejas j20-vs-tejas
Expert Reviews16 mins ago

Chinese J-20s Outgun Rafale Jets In Simulation Drills But What Will Happen In A Real-Life Air Battle?

China has been trying to intimidate India with its fifth-generation, stealth, J-20 fighter jets with the indigenously produced warplanes shooting...

World-Economic-Forum World-Economic-Forum
Featured55 mins ago

India-China Cyber War: China Second Most Powerful Cyber-Power & India Could Face The Chinese Brunt

As India and China are engaged in prolonged border tensions, India is boosting its capability to deal with cyber-attacks given...

china-detention-camps china-detention-camps
Asia Pacific1 hour ago

China Releases White Paper To Explain Its Commitment Towards Xinjiang & Uighur Muslims

Many Uighurs – around 1 million to 1.6 million, according to the World Uyghur Congress – have left China to...

Asia Pacific4 hours ago

China Confirms PLA Soldiers Were Killed In Galwan Valley Clash; Claims India Suffered More

China has finally admitted that its soldiers indeed suffered casualties in the barbaric India-China border clash in Galwan Valley. The...

Trillion-Dollar-Infra Trillion-Dollar-Infra
Featured5 hours ago

Russian Mig-29 Jets Steal The Show In Donald Trump’s Fundraising Campaign For US Army

A fundraising campaign for U.S. President Donald Trump directed at gathering support for American soldiers actually displays Russian-made defence equipment...

Asia Pacific7 hours ago

Is China Really Monitoring Prominent Indian Personalities Including PM Narendra Modi?

Chinese Embassy in India has outrightly rejected Indian claims that a Chinese firm has been monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals...

China-Taiwan China-Taiwan
Americas7 hours ago

Taiwan Is “Quenching Its Thirst By Drinking Poison” – China On US-Taiwan Arms Deal

The visit by Keith Krach, an economic representative of the US, defies China's opposition to formal exchanges between the US...

russia-japan-tourism russia-japan-tourism
Featured18 hours ago

Poland Seeks The Arrest Of Russian Air Traffic Controllers For Crashing Their Plane

Poland is seeking to arrest Russian Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) for the 2010 crash at the Smolensk-Severny airport that killed...

CPEC-Project CPEC-Project
Featured19 hours ago

Did Indian Army’s “Muslim Regiment” Refuse To Fight Pakistan In 1965 War?

Social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook are buzzing with posts claiming that a “Muslim Regiment” of the Indian Army...

Featured22 hours ago

Meet Indian & Pakistani Women Who Are Competing In US 2020 Elections

The US Presidential elections this year will coincide with many state elections which will also be held on the same...