Srinagar, November 24: After using the agenda of shutdowns for longest period of time as a strategy to get heard, the separatist leaders in Srinagar have woken up and now thinking of some “alternate means” of protest. They have now realised that these frequent shutdown calls are only alienating them from the people they want to address.
During an open discussion on Twitter, a student asked Mirwaiz, “Will the anniversary hartals and failed chalos lead us to freedom?” to which he replied, “At times, hartal becomes the only option, but I agree we have to look for alternative means of protest.”
The political advisor to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,” Shahid-ul-Islam said, “For years now, people have been asking us on social media why can’t you come up with an alternative strategy, instead of giving strike calls?”
“We also realised the mode of protest has to change as our society is witnessing an unprecedented change in recent times. And it is not that everyone has been praising us. People have been speaking about Hurriyat and every criticism is valid if it is constructive,” Islam added.
Clearly, the boat of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference is sinking and this is Mirwaiz’s last attempt to save it. However, at the larger level, the Hurriyat leadership has understood that these frequent hartal calls and protest calendars have now become outdated because these have been putting the lives of common people under unnecessary strain. These moves were deployed previously to make a point but they have not only resulted in senseless bloodshed but have given a lethal blow to the economy of the state.
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