RAJ DALUJA JAMMU: “These boys who have picked up guns are killing their own people; they are killing PSOs (personal security officers) and SPOs (special police officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed any of them?” This is what Governor Satya Pal Malik has said and this is what that may turn out to be a big issue in days to come with politicians, the self-styled activists and the perpetrators of violence in Kashmir may exploit to the hilt. In fact voices have started getting louder with a section of politicians spilling venom. While the observations of the Governor may be debatable, why do the politicians jump their guns? The remarks were not against a particular person. These are generic in nature and directed against those who have plundered and looted the Valley; those who have exploited the poor; those who have deprived the marginalized segments of the society. Even if debatable, the observations of the Governor should bother those ‘who have looted Kashmir’ and none else. And, while rushing to respond, the politicians tend to ignore what the Governor has added. He said guns could never be the solution and cited the example of LTTE in Sri Lanka. By saying so, he is castigating terrorists too. The arguments and counter-arguments are indicative of the imperative that those in public life should weigh their words before they speak out. While the politicians are enjoying the luxury of indulging in verbose against the Governor, they never demonstrated similar urgency when open threats of intimidation are being hurled by separatists and terrorists through their statements and video clippings. The people have not forgotten how the self-styled commanders of terror organizations have openly threatened the security forces and challenged the national sovereignty. Had these politicians reacted, perhaps condemnation of what they feel irked about could be justified. The culture of double standards is deep rooted in this part of the country. When the security forces strike against terrorists, their harbours and their mentors, the politicians cry hoarse and raise the bogey of human rights. And, when the terrorists attack and ambush the armed forces, these very politicians maintain discreet silence and even portray the criminals as misguided youth. The lot that is being perceived as misguided youth in Kashmir are treated as criminals and enemies of the nation in China. How long shall the threats and blackmail of anti-national and motivated politicians go on, in the name of ‘sensitivities in Kashmir’? India is tolerating all this because of being the world’s largest democracy. India is not an authoritarian state like China, the new hope of many in Kashmir, which is used of using extreme force to quell the dissent. The people around the world have not forgotten, what is now known as 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, which claimed 180 to 10,454 lives of protesters who were forcibly suppressed after Chinese Premier Li Peng declared martial law and troops with automatic rifles and tanks fired at the demonstrators trying to block the military’s advance towards Tiananmen Square. Chinese reacted because they felt that such a dissent was against the ethos of their country that could endangered their sovereignty. Kashmir is a complex strife torn part across the globe. It is the place where parasites have been thriving on the blood of their own. Over the decades, they have flourished at the cost of miseries of their people. They have caused bruises to the body physique of the Valley. Had this class of politicians existed in the country like China, they would have met their fate since. Like terrorism, corruption continues to be a big challenge in Jammu and Kashmir that has been eating up its vitals for the past three decades. Both are needed to be tackled and wiped out to restore semblance of normalcy and peace in the trouble-torn State.
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