English summary- Chitraalekha Gujarati issue dated 4 June 2018

Give Peace a Chance, But How Long..?

While terrorist attacks in Kashmir show no sign of abatement, the central government in a surprise move advised the armed forces to exercise restraint in the holy month of Ramzan. The government’s strategy is to convey its serious intent to give peace a chance again, though nobody can say for certain what the latest conciliatory move has in store for the state and the central government. In this latest cover story, Hiren Mehta analyses the factors that led the government to adopt a soft approach towards establishing normalcy in this strife-torn state.

It is however a fact that the announcement is followed by no decline in violence in the valley. Of late, a very disturbing trend has emerged that more and more educated youths are turning to militancy, the latest example being Mohd. Rafi Butta, a sociology professor in Kashmir University. This trend was started when Burhan Wani chose to become an extremist.  What precipitates the transformation in these young educated youths is not known yet, though both these extremists were gunned down by the security forces, the latest to fall was the professor shortly after he took to arms.

While the nation was fixated on the political drama unfolding in Karnatak, the Valley witnessed relentless spate of violence. Pakistan’s tacit support added fuel to the fire. Now these militants have found new areas to strike, often decamping with the arms of security forces.

Kashmir watchers say that at every funeral of a terrorist, one new militant is born. They are so highly indoctrinated in their religious beliefs that even fear of death does not deter them. Against this vitiated atmosphere, the Ramazan ceasefire announced by the central government assumes greater significance. The ceasefire means the security forces would not attack first but can retaliate only when they are attacked. The objective is quite noble: to provide a healing touch to the beleaguered state.

Security forces have been advised not to kill the terrorists, but capture them alive so that they may be counselled back into the mainstream of the society. It is likely that terrorists, when captured may see the reason and choose to mainstream into the society. However, nobody has any clue how our neighbour across the border would react to this latest move by India. The initial reports however are not very encouraging, as a sudden spike in stone pelting incidence has been noticed.

All stakeholders in this simmering crisis are keeping their fingers crossed and wonder if the remarkable restraint displayed by India would fetch a positive result.

In an accompanying cover story, Hiren Mehta reports on the sudden increase in ceasefire violations from across the border, resulting in a number of bunkers being constructed in border villages situated along the Line of Control. Those who have to face the brunt of Pakistan’s repeated transgressions are innocent villagers, some of whom have migrated from what is known as Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. While they are persecuted on the other side of the border, on this side they are not accepted as their own.

In a related cover story (by Ketan Mistry), the author studies the aftermath of the killing of a tourist in Kashmir and what impact the dastardly incident will have on the tourism industry in Kashmir. The Valley has been compared, not without reasons, with heavens, but the recent spate of violence has put a scare in the minds of tourists and the death of a tourist was a kind of icing on the cake. The story quotes several leading travel agents and experts on how tourism industry has reacted to the latest developments in Kashmir.

The story gives the background of the incident of stone-pelting in which a young man from Chennai recently lost his life. Though not all tourists face trouble, there is no explanation for the incidence of stone pelting which is not declining. Most travel agencies believe that Kashmir still remains a favourite destination among their clients, but it has definitely affected the enthusiasm of tourists, who have a reason to feel scared, given the current state of affairs in what is touted as the ‘Warmest Place on Earth’.

Cryptocurrency, Cops and Kidnapping

This is arguably the first case of its kind where a kidnapping involving cryptocurrency has taken place. The CID of the Gujarat Police have filed a First Information Report against members of their own fraternity, including an SP and an inspector for kidnapping a Surat-based builder Shailesh Bhatt and extorting 200 Bitcoins worth over Rs 13 crore. When the victim filed a complaint, he was tortured in the cell.

The case that is believed to be connected with an ex MLA is getting murkier by the day, as some of the loose ends do not seem to get resolved, says Jwalant Chhaya.

While the above case in Surat is yet to be cracked, a similar case from the same city has recently surfaced. Proving to be as knotty, this case will be another cause of headache for the Gujarat police, says Faysal Bakili.

A trader Umesh Jain has complained to the police that he has been defrauded in Bitcoin-related matter. In yet another case, Jignesh Patel has been kidnapped by a suspended cop who has demanded ransom in Bitcoin. What is seen above surface is just the tip of the iceberg, says experts. The trend of Bitcoin-related crime started immediately after the demonetization was announced, when those flush with unaccounted cash were forced to legitimize their ill-gotten wealth through various illegal means. Some realty dealers are believed to have made huge investments in Bitcoins, is it learnt.

On the widespread network of Bitcoin dealing, Sunil Mevada interviews Ashish Bhatia, DGP-CID, Crime & Railways, who seems confident to crack the case, especially after confession of a key player in this case. The senior cop however believes that the conspiracy is not only confined to India, its tentacles have spread even outside the country.

Move over Mobile, Krida Yoga is here

A new encouraging trend has started with an aim to involve children in more indoor and outdoor games so as to keep them away from the ubiquitous mobile that has virtually taken over the young world with potentially huge harmful effects on their growth.

Laukesh Saure is credited with the novel concept of blending sports (Krida) and yoga (connect), where children are connected with forgotten sports through yoga.

This initiative not only keeps the children physically fit, it also keeps them mentally alert away from the maddening world of electronic device, says Samir Paleja.  .

In his Business Page Jayesh Chitaliya reveals why foreign investors make investments in India,Himanshu Kikany in his Digital Duniya tells us how photo-video editing can be fun.

Apart from the above, the issue carries Political & Humour columns, Palak, Cardiogram, Priyadarshini, new chapter of serialized novel, Health Helpline, Jalsaghar and Mukhwas.

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