New Rising Hardliners To Reject Jammu & Kashmir Concessions

New Rising Hardliners To Reject Jammu & Kashmir Concessions

9 September 2010
The Hindustan Times
Samar Halarnkar and Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: As New Delhi prepares to announce what it considers to be its biggest concessions on Kashmir, the sullenness of a disturbed but handsome young teenager nursing two bullet wounds on a Srinagar backstreet is a symbol of why it will fail. 'We do not care about any announcement,' said Owais Ahmed 'Mandela' (20), sitting in his family's ramshackle two-room home in the warren of Maisuma, grimacing with pain from still-raw stitches from a bullet wound in his shoulder. A fifth-class pass whose favourite subject was English, 'Mandela' - named so because he was born the year Nelson Mandela was freed - is a legend on the street, feared by the police and idolised by stone-throwers who are double his age.


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