Indian Kashmir has been shaken by protests since the killing of Burhan Wani, a young separatist militant, on July 8. Security forces have responded with bullets, iron pellets and tear gas. Almost 50 protestors have died, and 5,000 have been injured.
Unfortunately, this kind of excessive, ironfisted response to protest is not new in Kashmir and India's northeastern states where groups seeking independence remain active. But the belligerence of police and soldiers generates more extremism than it quells.