The VDCs had mostly ex-servicemen whom the Central Government armed to enable them to guard their villages against militant attacks. Today, VDCs have around 25,000 men and some women

New Delhi, Muzamil Jaleel Aug 14: At the centre of the Kishtwar communal clashes is vote-bank rather than separatist politics, a sustained effort at polarisation that explains how a small fight escalated into a frenzy so suddenly.
The response of political parties puts it in perspective. The BJP chose this one incident from among hundreds in Jammu and Kashmir where people have been killed and properties destroyed, and sought to bring it to the national stage by sending Arun Jaitley to the spot. And the ruling National Conference too had political motives when it halted Jaitley at Jammu airport but simultaneously accepted all of the BJP’s demands — the resignation of Minister of State for Home Sajjad Kitchloo, a judicial inquiry, and enhanced relief to victims.