The road ahead is not easy but the endeavour has to be to move on the path of respectable closure.

Sushant K. Singh, Fellow for National Security at the Takshashila Institution, at Rediff on the recently discovered unmarked graves in Kashmir:

If one were to put it bluntly, the story of unmarked graves is being exploited by certain vested interests in Kashmir to whip-up anti-India emotions — both locally and internationally — by hyping a few individual tales, obfuscating the facts and coalescing them with dubious data provided by bodies like the Amnesty International. It almost seems to be a selective call for revenge, cleverly disguised as a demand for justice.

Does this mean that these Kashmiris — 570 or 5700, whatever their number is — not deserve justice? Yes, they do deserve justice. But it has to be restorative or reparative justice and not retributive justice.

The Kashmir conflict has many sides. There are victims and perpetrators on all sides. If the demand for retributive justice is pursued by all sides, it will end up finishing whatever little is left to salvage in Kashmir. No side will come out of it unscathed. The social and political consequences of such an action will be devastating for the Kashmiris.

If we refuse to face the consequences of false beliefs, we are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past. Is it worth opening old wounds, disturbing the fragile peace by ‘counting the bones’ and dealing with the past instead of with the future?[Rediff]

Read the complete piece here.

DISCLAIMER: This is an archived post from the Indian National Interest blogroll. Views expressed are those of the blogger's and do not represent The Takshashila Institution’s view.