‘Bulldozer politics’: Modi’s demolition drive fuels Muslims’ fears in Kashmir
Violence and censorship rife among citizens and the media, as push to reclaim state land belies Indian government’s claims of peace in disputed region
Suhail Ahmad Shah stood despairingly before the wreckage that for two decades had been his livelihood. Just hours before, he had been busy at the workshop when he heard an ominous crunch above him and the tin roof began to cave in. He barely made his escape before a bulldozer flattened the entire place.
“No notice was served to us,” said Shah, 38. “The officials came suddenly and demolished our workshop. No one is listening to us. We’ve been paying rent. Isn’t this an atrocity? They have snatched our livelihood.”Continue reading…