Tired of the bullet but still wary of the ballot box, Muslim voters in the Kashmir Valley seem intent on staying away when election wagon rolls into their volatile region on Thursday.
Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, and the surrounding valley are the cradle of the separatist movement that has dominated life here for the past two decades.
The arrival on Thursday of polling booths for what will be the fourth round of the month-long election is keenly awaited by political observers, anxious to see if there will be a repeat of the large turnout that shocked separatist leaders in state polls last December.
Image: A Kashmiri student holds a placard as others demonstrate against the general elections, inside Kashmir university campus in Srinagar, on Monday, May 4, 2009. (Copyright AP. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)