[Reader-list] defying geelani's diktats in kashmir
aalok.aima at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 24 18:37:24 IST 2010
" Main markets in Srinagar city and towns like Anantnag, Kupwara, Badgam, Pulwama and Sopore remained closed Wednesday but educational institutions, banks, post offices, government offices, private transport and markets on the city peripheries and in uptown residential areas functioned normally.
Faced with lukewarm response, Geelani has called just two days of shutdown Wednesday and Saturday this week, according to his present weekly calendar.
This is a huge departure from his earlier protest calendar which had allowed just a day of normalcy in a week and paralysed life across the valley for over four months.
Authorities here have definitely been encouraged by the declining public response to the separatist-called shutdowns and a clear proof of this is their decision not to impose any curfew or restrictions during the protests now.
Earlier, the authorities would react almost in panic and impose curfew or restrictions the moment the separatists called for shutdown or protests. "
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