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The Graffiti Campaign in India’s Kashmir Valley is a part of the ongoing Quit Kashmir Campaign conceived by the separatist amalgam the Hurriyat last June. The paramilitary and the police, in a bid to control protests, have killed 111 unarmed civilians since the unrest began in June when a teenager was killed. Since then, weekly Protest Calendars calling for strikes, internet protests, sit-ins or protest marches released by veteran leaders are being followed by the people. Through civil disobedience, the Kashmiris are pushing their demand for self-determination under the guidance of the United Nations, which has termed this conflict the longest-running conflict in the world.

The Graffiti Campaign, the brainchild of jailed Muslim League leader Masarat Alam, is very popular with the youngsters, who have scribbled messages all over Srinagar city against the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) like ‘Go India, go back’, ‘We want freedom’ and ‘Indian dogs go home’. The security forces, sometimes ‘edit’ the hostile content directed against India – ‘Go, India, go,’ graffiti was changed to ‘Good India Good’ in several places in the Old City.

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Dilnaz Boga a New Internationalist contributor

Dilnaz Boga is a journalist from Mumbai. She has worked for Srinagar-based website Kashmir Dispatch in Jammu and Kashmir as well as for the Hindustan Times as Chief Copy Editor on the International Desk in Mumbai. Previously, she also worked for a few city-based newspapers, covering issues like health, women's and children's issues, human interest, civic, education and crime.

Dilnaz has also covered conflicts in Kashmir, the North-East, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra for several publications. She completed her BA in English and Psychology and her MA in English Literature from Mumbai University.

In July 2004, Dilnaz completed her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies with a distinction on her dissertation ‘Cycles of violence: The psychological impact of human rights violations on the children in Kashmir’ from the University of Sydney in Australia. The following year, she shot a documentary in Kashmir on the same subject titled Invisible Kashmir: The other side of Jannat (Heaven), which was screened at film festivals all over the world.

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