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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

Life returning to normal in Kashmir Valley

From R.Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi,19 March (

Life started normally in summer capital Srinagar and all other major towns of the Valley on Monday as people thronged markets, banks and workplaces. Law enforcing agencies, though, were alert and on their toes.

Educational institutions opened normally, as scores of school buses carrying children started dotting the roads in the morning. Parents eagerly waited at bus stops to see their children off to school.

Interestingly, to make up for time lost because of the disturbed law and order situation during the last over one month, some private schools have decided to keep their institutions open on Sundays too.

Even markets which usually remain closed on Sundays remained open March 17.

Authorities, however, have little reason for complacency: Separatists have been issuing schedules of protests on a weekly basis, asking people to observe shutdowns.

The calendar of protests is issued by the united coordination committee of various separatist groups called the Muttahida Majlis-e-Mushawarat (MMM).

The separatists had also closed ranks during the summer unrest of 2010, for issuing protest calendars.
A marked difference, however, between the protests of 2010 and now, is that shutdown calls these days are restricted to just one day a week.

In 2010, continuous and uninterrupted shutdowns during the summer months had finally generated a backlash among the people.

- Asian Tribune -

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