Naveed Qazi, [July 1, 2019]
THE troubled valley of Kashmir is a place where seasons of peace don’t last long. After
Quite lately, everything turned volatile, since the killing of Burhan Wani, in 2016. The anarchic protests, and the mass blinding that happened on the streets, with pellet guns, mainly used against wild animals, had been widely condemned, by nations, activists, writers, politicians, and common people, all over the world. The practice of maiming youth, and injuring the human body, with small metal spheres, was intended to resent any form of challenge, posted against the statist narrative.
Pellets cause damage to vital organs
The anatomy of a pellet gun, is such, that it causes serious damage to vital organs, of the human body. This practice of mass
The renewed political struggle led by the new generation of Kashmiris had come in the shape of Burhan Wani who
Wani’s killing resulted in more graves
Kashmiris also saw
Youths clad and military uniforms with their AK 47s, routinely appeared with audio tapes, mostly giving sermons, warnings, discussing strategies, and giving threatening remarks, against the Indian state and its machinery led by police, the army, and their collaborators.
Due to tipped collaborators, who recruited themselves, or were forced into intelligence operations through coercion, information about the whereabouts of militants, was passed, and there
Militants started kidnapping policemen and interrogated them so that their superiors could restrict their operations, especially against their households, or relatives. Dead bodies were often found in the jungles and in homes of
Political workers of leading political parties associating themselves with Indian democratic setup had been either
There were also cases, where local policemen were
This violent upbringing that escalated the situation had hurt the social, cultural and spiritual ethos of the valley, but with time, people had to move on, perhaps, waiting for something optimistic to happen, so that sense and resolution would prevail.
As a post reaction, there had been many instances recorded,
Conflict scenario in South Kashmir
South Kashmir has made the highest tallies of the dead if we compare the overall conflict scenario, in the valley, in recent memory. For its dwellers, every day was a struggle to endure, both psychological, and physical. Thousands participated in funerals, post killings of these militants. Some militants were even brave enough to deliver public speeches, and raise their guns, high in the sky, amidst processions, and were not afraid to be photographed, and recorded in videos, and broadcasted on YouTube, by mobile phones.
The cries of wailing mothers, orphans, widows, eventually became tantamount, to the conflict repercussions. The massive protests, in south Kashmir, and regular attendance, of thousands, in funerals of militants, carried away by
Turmoil is almost synonymous with protests and strikes in Kashmir. While Indian media, continued to
Cricketer Gautam Gambhir endorsed genocide of Kashmiris
However, for some
Kashmir, nestled in mountains, streams, beautiful valleys, and alpine forests
It has a potential of hosting world-class winter games, off-road racing in the mountains, hosting spectacular golf tournaments and lodging at places where flora and fauna can be experienced in its pristine form.
Maqbool Bhat, a revolutionary who gave a new face to Kashmir struggle during his lifetime and changed the discourse of Kashmir resistance, has been a source for inspiration to innumerable freedom fighters of Kashmir. But after killing of JKLF’s founder Maqbool Bhat, known among his followers as ‘father of the community’ in the early eighties, the destiny of this war-torn valley changed drastically. Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat’s statement about the repercussions of Bhat’s execution became almost prophetic, as Kashmir slipped into a place of insurgency, uprisings, killings, kidnappings, and political vendetta.
This period of prolonged suffocation, of political promises, and betrayals, also became apparent, through vested, and self-serving actions of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party. At a point in time, it claimed to act, as a referee, between separatist
[Naveed Qazi is the author of ‘The Trader of War Stories’ (2018) and ‘Musings on Global Politics’ (2018).]
Spotlight on Kashmir’s struggling peace
Naveed Qazi, [July 1, 2019]