“India asked us to give up arms

and come to the table, and we did it. What happened next? Nothing.”

–A Kashmiri civilian in November 2014.

A civilian uprising in 2010 and India’s brutal response signaled a shift in the political climate. In the subsequent years, there has been a new surge in Kashmiri youth taking up arms against the Indian establishment, as is the situation in Indian Held Kashmir today. Most of these young people are educated and come from well-off families. The growing participation of locals in insurgency-related events suggests resurgent support for militancy in Kashmir, which has set alarm bells ringing in the Indian security establishment. The renewed support is so strong that even the president of the Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom, recently indicated his support for the insurgency, saying, “We can also use [the] gun as a last resort, and it is no offence under [the] U.N. Charter.” In the wake of Burhan Wani’s murder, the people of Kashmir are not deterred in their mission for self-determination. They will do what is in their capacity to fight back against the brutality that they and their loved ones face everyday at the hands of the Indian troops.