In a Post-Balakot World, Alienated Youth in Kashmir is India’s Biggest Challenge

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In a Post-Balakot World, Alienated Youth in Kashmir is India’s Biggest Challenge

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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hen 19-year-old Adil Ahmad Dar of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a convoy of the CRPF, killing 40 Indian soldiers, he must have had an idea of the scale of destruction he was causing. But he probably didn’t know it would set off a chain of events that would bring India and Pakistan to the precipice of war.

Now that both sides are done with their “intelligence-led” air strikes across the Line of Control, the doctrine of “offensive defence” seems to have been established. The effects of this doctrine however remain to be seen. Have the events of the past two weeks frightened both countries with the idea of how close they came to war or have we made it worse?

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