Debate over youth militancy in Kashmir after scholar's death

Kashmiri militants walk at Haqoora village of Kulgam south of Srinagar on Aug 29, 2018.
Kashmiri militants walk at Haqoora village of Kulgam south of Srinagar on Aug 29, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

The two photos could not be more different. One shows him speaking at an international geology conference - where he won an award for the best presentation - and, in the other, he is brandishing a grenade launcher as a foot soldier for a terror group in Kashmir.

Mannan Wani Bashir, a 27-year-old Kashmiri PhD scholar, who embodied this despairing and tragic dichotomy, was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces on Oct 11.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 21, 2018, with the headline 'Debate over youth militancy in Kashmir after scholar's death'. Print Edition | Subscribe