The harsh conditions in the Kashmir valley seem like never ending. Following a WT20 defeat earlier this year ended up in violent protests between the locals and non-Kashmiris. The local Kashmiris cheered in celebration on the defeat of India against West Indies, which seemed intolerable to the non-Kashmiris. The two groups took to rage in expressing their patriotism. NIT campus echoed with slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” to “Hum kya chahe azaadi”. Each group suppressing the other. Situation worsened when the government had to appoint CRPF and Police to control the groups.
Not only were the studies affected but also the face-off left the two groups harboring hatred and distrust for each other. Indian Government tried to assure the students of the safety in the campus however the political interference by opposite parties further deteriorated the conditions.
Another incident that happened was the militant leader Burhan Wani’s death. He became hero to the kashmiris as he revived the tarnished image of Indian Militancy. The streets turned into battlegrounds, locals throwing stones, pellets at the Militants and cops.
Ever since the unrest began to engulf the city, every corner of it has been affected, let alone the NIT campus. After the WT20 defeat wrath, the campus has also turned into a battlefield to express rage, anger and to protest against each other. The political influence has been tried each time but it backfired with dirtier politics. Objections were raised at the appointment of CRPF in the campus, stating that the deployment of CRPF by Rajnath Singh hinted lack of confidence in Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Months after the clashes broke out in the state; the discontentment among people has reached the brim as situations continue to remain the same. There have been back to back incidents affecting the peace in the state. Also the most affected amongst all have been the outstation students who have been struggling to reach to normalcy in terms of studies. However, the unrest at campus and around the city with prolonged curfews has left their career in jeopardy. One of the student said, “ Our registration for the new semester was to begin from July 18 but the commencement was extended twice due to the ongoing crises. It was first postponed to August 1, then to August 18 and now to August 23.” Subsequent postponements for admissions and uncertainty of turmoils in the state have left the students in huge discomfort, discontentment and displeasure.