India continues to exploit divides within Kashmiri society, an age-old colonial tactic. Once they have made use of one group of collaborators, they are actively working to build a cadre of new ones. For example, today we see the case of the new party “Apni Party” led by Altaf Bukhari that will seek to “restore statehood” and protect land rights for Kashmiris.
Bukhari has claimed that he wishes to build on the legacy of Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad. The idea here is to create a narrative around development that will seek to displace the actual question of Kashmiri political rights.