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...Many of the 48 youths killed in the clashes triggered by the July 8 encounter died on the day of the funeral. Funerals of even the iconic militants and separatists have been invariably ignored as their charm faded out the same day. Some pulled a thousand, someone even five or ten thousand. In 20 years, Kashmir has witnessed two massive funerals: around 20,000 attended Mustafa Khan’s during Farooq Abdullah’s regime in Tangmarg and around 30,000 Badshah Khan’s in Kulgam when Mufti Sayeed was chief minister. It didn’t take Kashmiris long to forget even top separatist leaders Abdul Gani Lone and Sheikh Abdul Aziz – one shot dead by gunmen in Srinagar in 2002 and another killed in security forces’ firing in Baramulla in 2008. ...TOI on July 30, 2016, 2 a.m.