Mysterious braid chopping incidents have taken the Indian nation by storm. Such incidents are happening in Delhi, Meerut, Agra, Jammu and Kashmir among other places. While police is chasing a ‘phantom’ barber, who chops off women’s hair as they fall unconscious, some enraged people cross all the limits. In Agra, villagers killed a woman suspecting her to be the ghost who chopped hair and in Mewat, residents killed a cat because someone had visions of it turning into a witch. But in Kashmir, the imagination of separatist trio-Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammed Yasin Malik-had a unique flight of imagination (perhaps under the influence of Article 370, in a lighter vein please). They are clubbing braid chopping incidents with other issues to incite passions.
On the diktat of separatist trio, the Valley has been asked to shut down on October 14. Listen what the three separatists say, “The joint resistance camp led by Syed Ali Geelani, Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik decided to call a state-level public meeting in TRC Polo View on October 14.” Calling for mass participation, they said people have been asked to register protest against “incessant incidents of braid chopping, attempts at altering and changing history, culture, heritage and Muslim majority status of the state by authorities in New Delhi”. They said the braid chopping incidents are an attack on dignity and a “war weapon against women folk”.
This can happen only in Kashmir. Some illiterate separatists see conspiracy in every crime, which, if occurs outside the Valley is a criminal act but once it happens in the Geelani’s land, it becomes ‘Saazish’.
One wonders as to how forward looking people of Kashmir take such foolish rants from separatists who have flourished by exploiting and hoodwinking the poor. Now it will be one more day of ‘economic slow down’ in otherwise docile Kashmir and an obstacle for children to pursue academics and daily wagers to earn bread for their families. Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik have nothing to lose but instead they will get benefitted by ensuring yet another shutdown in Kashmir, for which the rogue neighbour is pumping huge funds through various channels.
Can politically sagacious Kashmiris muster guts and call the bluff of the separatists? After all they too are aware about the incidents of braid chopping across the country. How can they see such unfortunate incidents as “India’s weapon against women folk or attack on their dignity”. By such an argument they are giving licence to criminals indulging in such acts to carry on with their hot pursuit of chopping hair.
This is not for the first time when Geelani and company has played politics over criminal activities.
A few years ago he had touched a very sensitive issue of depleting moral values amid the reports of growing drug addiction among youth and the so-called flesh trade being carried out in the city and some towns. For some girls going to gardens instead of schools; for youth taking to drugs, he had traced all faults in Government of India and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He had said “I am telling you this without an iota of doubt that New Delhi and the rulers here are promoting liquor, drugs and moral waywardness among our youth to push them into an abyss of moral degradation and hence undermine the resistance against Indian occupation. As imperialistic powers do, India is using cultural aggression in Kashmir to legitimize its illegal occupation…the brain behind this policy is RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), and because the root cause of this moral degradation is Indian occupation we must pledge to continue our struggle against it.”
On another occasion, the separatists had taken exception to youngsters playing music or some girl students going on study tours. They had objection because those girls were from poor families. Otherwise, the kin of these separatists can go anywhere for greener pastures, even if they are funded by some agencies from within and outside.
When Geelani and his likes says ‘the root cause of the so-called moral degradation is Indian occupation, they were actually inciting people to wage a new jehad on this issue. Wrong doings by just a very few girls at that point of time did not cast aspersions on the entire society in Kashmir. Geelani portrayed a very ugly picture when he had said, “We are all aware of how young boys and girls have been given a license to indulge in immoral acts in gardens and tourist spots”.
The separatists cried hoarse over drug addiction but didn’t say a word about its import from Pakistan through Jihadis. Drug menace in the Valley is a natural fallout of terrorism which brought with it the menace from across the border. The youngsters who were indoctrinated to Jehad and pushed across the border for training ended up as drug addicts in the company of Afghan left over, languishing in Pakistan as refugees and criminals. Drug mafia is an important component of terrorism for facilitating procurement and movement of arms from one place to another.
The separatists are advised not to divert attention from NIA raids under the garb of braid chopping. They are not only hampering the investigations against criminals but encouraging them too to carry on their ugly game by bringing in New Delhi into all this.
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