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Embers Of A Curfewed Id

Wherever prayers were allowed, they were followed by protests

Embers Of A Curfewed Id
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Kashmiri women shout slogans demanding ‘azadi’
Embers Of A Curfewed Id
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2016-09-16T18:08:08+05:30

The mosque as a site of politics is indeed part of the Kashmir story­­­—as pivotal points of congregation and dissemination right from the days of 1989 to the ­recent flashpoints. And yet, people in the Valley cannot recall when, if ever, they were barred from offering Id prayers in mosques. Some people claim this last happened almost two centuries ago when Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid was forcibly shut down for several months following an uprising against ­oppressive Sikh rulers.

But this year on Id, people woke up to find the streets teeming with secu­rity forces and curfew imposed across the Valley. Broadband and Internet was blocked, barring services provi­ded by the state-run BSNL. The Id curfew, in fact, became one of the reasons cited by senior PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra, who was representing Srinagar in the Lok Sabha, when he resigned both from the party as well as from Parliament on September 15. “The PDP has become a collaborator for the fascist RSS-governed BJP,” Karra, known to have been a close aide of the late CM Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and one of the founder-members of the party, told reporters.

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