Human rights violations at the hands of those whom we are made to believe are for our own security of life, honour and property is not a new phenomenon in Kashmir. The Indian Prime Ministers promise of zero tolerance towards human rights violations hadn’t created any hope of change in ground situation in the hearts and minds of common people in Kashmir as the cruel experience of the past happenings has taught them how the gory crimes committed by men in uniform have been defended on the altar of national interests.
A new vicious and sinister design seems to be in place with youth the prime target of it. Countless innocent youth were killed mostly with tear gas canisters fired at above the chest heights with clear purpose to kill and not to disperse. As if gruesome killings of Inayat, Wamiq, Zahid, Zubair, Tanveer and others was not enough with a span of week three more youth, Tufail, Rafiq, Javed, were cruelly snatched by the followers of “Holy book” AFSPA, which allows them to kill innocents at will with total impunity.
Chief Minster’s yelling and shouting that ‘Kashmiris blood is not cheap’ seems apparently true, it is fetching money, medals, promotions and what not to merchants of blood and death. They have made best out of it from Ganderbal to Machil, from Uri to Srinagar, from hilltops to lanes and by-lanes of Kashmir. Every Kashmiri’s blood is a prized possession for them for which they need to be mangled like a maniac, a manifesto of duty unto their (Kashmiris) death.
A common Kashmiri finds himself oublietted; it is ironical that a government claiming to got elected by him behaving in such an insensitive, callous and cavalier way totally disconnected from the masses and lost in its phantasm world. When whole of Kashmir is seething and simmering with anger against the killings of youth government is busy in picnics in Gulmargh and entertainment of musical evenings.
Instead of reining troops and forces for their excesses government is coming with utopian utterances. For them Shopian a case of drowning, Wamiq a miscreant, Tufail’s a mystery death, it has failed in discharging its constitutional duty of protecting life, honour and property of its people. How shameful on its part to label a natural reaction against human rights violations ‘suicidal’ stopping short of admitting stifling and muzzling a norm for government to silence and crush the voice of dissent by iron fist.
It is high time for government to mend the fences before situation slips out of its hands and it will get doomed under the debris of its own grave mistakes. Hurriyat leadership too needs to shun its egocentric stands and should formulate joint strategy to save the future of Kashmir from getting annihilated if they are really serious to pull Kashmir back from chaos, quandary and quagmire unless time will turn them irrelevant if they refuse to shun their differences for larger interests of people of Kashmir.