After the NDTV show last night on the Cauvery water dispute in which I appeared, I asked Barkha Dutt about the situation in Kashmir, which she had visited recently.
She told me that there was considerable radicalization of the Kashmiri youth.
I said that these youth had been brainwashed by the separatists like Geelani, Yasin Malik, etc.. I also said, which I had said earlier also on facebook, that if it could be demonstrated that azadi will result in raising the standard of living of the Kashmiri people I will support the demand. After all, the test of every system is whether it raises the standard of living of the people or not. Azadi is not an end in itself, it can only be a means to an end. The end has to be raising the standard of living of the people, i.e. abolishing poverty, providing large scale employment, healthcare, nutritious food, good education,etc.to the masses.
But the leaders of the azadi agitation never dicuss about that. They never say speak of any plan to provide eemployment, healthcare, etc assuming azadi is obtained. They are only Islamic fundamentalists of the Wahabi type, who will impose sharia law and push back Kashmir into the dark middle ages if Kashmir becomes independent.
As regards the stone pelting youth who follow the separatist leaders, they have been brain washed, just like a large number of Germans were brainwashed by Nazi propaganda in the 1930s, bringing disaster to Germany, and also other countries