Kashmir increasingly looks like Gaza, even if the comparison isnt quite politically correct. The angry, stone-pelting kids and masked youth clashing with security forces are seen in footages of both. Since January, scores of young lads have died in police firing, an event that constantly keeps rocking the Kashmir Valley, bringing people out on the streets in their thousands. In disgust and utter frustrationimagine the hell they must be going throughsoldiers of the Indian Army and Jawans of para-military keep committing suicides. In fact, the Army was brought on the streets this time only after New Delhi realized that situation had gotten completely out of hands of their hopelessly clueless Chief Minister. Even as the angry Kashmiris protested over their dying youth, still more died in the process, Omar Abdullah talked about the 'war of ideas being fought on streets of Srinagar, defending the killings by blaming the protesters. They are provoking security forces by pelting stones, he pointed out to the BBC. Violent demonstrations of this kind, though, are hardly unusual in 'the worlds largest democracy. The heinous crime of stone-pelting is as common as burning of buses. Derailing of trains to roughing up of public figures, just about everything is de rigueur at a lot of other places all over India. No protester is shot dead though. At least, I dont recall anyone dying in police firing in recent memory, anywhere else that is. So why is this treatment exclusive to Kashmiris? Why is the slightest of 'provocation from their side has to be responded with bullets, especially as with every bullet fired, more and more Kashmiris are being driven away? There is the question for Pakistan then that for how long would we keep looking the other way while the Valley burns and its people punished for the crime of being born in enslavement in this beautiful prison? When would our politicians, democratic institutions and civil society wake up to the tragedy in Kashmir? Mr. S. M. Krishna is in Pakistan for talks. But hollow talks have been held, are being held, for over sixty years now. Isnt it about time we stopped talking ourselves and listened to the people of Kashmir? -BRAHAMDAS GUPTA, Kot Kapura, July 16.