[op-ed snap] School life disrupted in Kashmir Valley

  1. Context: It is almost four months since unrest began in the Valley owing to the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Burhan Wani
  2. Amidst the violence and curfew, 27 schools, mostly government run, have supposedly been set on fire
  3. Further discourse: Government plans to conduct State Board examinations in November
  4. Why disrupting schools: Disrupting the school calendar is one of the oldest tricks in the insurgents’ playbook. It sends out the signal that the administration is not in full control
  5. It heightens anxiety among the local population that their children’s life chances are doubtful, thereby reinforcing popular disaffection and alienation
  6. The occasional occupation of school buildings by the security forces makes them a symbol of the state, and a soft target for militants
  7. Steps to be taken: Government assurance of adequate security
  8. Abandoning the practice of using schools to solve logistical problems
  9. Isn’t it high time that an urgent plan is chalked out to return normalcy to the State?
J&K – The issues around the state
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