The policy-makers must realise that reacting to 'visible violence' can buy them temporary reprieve, but their inability to read and deal with è©®visible violenceé ·ill cost them India as a modern and democratic nation-state.
Given the state of our leadership, it is only a question of time before the victims of 'invisible violence' rise to take on the perpetrators head on, even if it means a civil war.
There is a limit to waiting for the next KPS Gill. If the Indian state wants to avoid such a situation, it must define its core values and defend it, irrespective of human and other costs.
Image: Kashmiri students shout anti-government and pro-freedom slogans during a protest rally headed by Kashmir's chief cleric and All Parties Hurriyat Confrence (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Shopian, south of Srinagar on June 24, 2009. Picture copyright AFP. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.
RSN Singh is a former military intelligence officer who later served in the Research and Analysis Wing, or R&AW. The author of two books: Asian Strategic and Military Perspective and Military Factor in Pakistan, he is also Associate Editor, Indian Defence Review.