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What Lies Ahead for Hurriyat After Separatist Leader Geelani's Demise?

His death brought upon a near total blackout of communication services and an overnight curfew in the valley.

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the 92-year-old veteran Hurriyat leader, who guided the separatist movement in Kashmir, passed away late on 1 September at his Srinagar residence.

Though he tendered his resignation from the Hurriyat Conference almost 15 months ago and had been in house dentition for more than a decade, his death brought a near-total blackout of communication services in the valley, an overnight curfew, and the presence of hundreds of security personnel on the streets of Srinagar.

A teacher-turned-separatist, Geelani’s political career spanned over six decades, rallying around a single unwavering agenda of merging Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan. Apart from his hardline views, he commanded a large support group, especially among the valley’s youth.

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However, his departure has now left his former party the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, without a captain and with Centre also considering a ban on the Hurriyat faction, the party is left at a crossroads on what lies in their future.

In today’s podcast, we discuss with Srinagar-based journalist Shakir Mir how Geelani shaped Kashmir politics over the years and what his death means for the future of the Hurriyat. Tune in!

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