JAMMU: The vicious circle of terror in Kashmir seems to have completed full circle. Apart from deaths and destruction, the 27 year long terror campaign, unleashed by Pakistan and carried out by bigwigs in the separatist and other ‘motivated’ camps, has left the Valley ravaged with its ethos and high traditions crumbling into bits and pieces. From under the debris, a horrendous breed of parasites has germinated that too is now feeling threatened after thriving on the blood of their very own.
The announcement by ace separatists to hold march up to National Investigation Agency Headquarters in New Delhi in protest against the ongoing raids in Kashmir, Jammu and the national capital has not created any ripples, euphoria or enthusiasm across the Valley, unlike in the past when UN Chalo, Idhar Chalo, Udhar Chalo used to generate passions among the exploited population. On the contrary, the announcement has exposed further the separatist ‘kings’ with people taking pity on their helplessness.
Despite threat of Jihadi guns, the public anger against separatists is not calming down. The people of Kashmir are taking vicarious pleasure over the potable condition of who’s who of the Valley, currently under the radar of NIA. Instead of organising usual protest marches to UN Observers Group in Srinagar to seek the so-called resolutions on plebiscite to be implemented, the separatists are undertaking Delhi march to save their skin from the NIA. The people of Kashmir remember how one of the two sons of Syed Ali Geelani had to rehabilitate in Intensive Care Unit of a premier Srinagar hospital to avoid NIA summons.
This is just the beginning.
Besides accounting for their sins in accumulating wealth at the cost of blood of thousands of innocents in Kashmir, the separatists and affluent in trade, commerce, media and intelligentsia will have to answer the people for their newly acquired economic affluence. Where from this money has come? If NIA is seeking answers to this today, the offenders should get prepared to answer to the people tomorrow. It is only matter of time.
Old timers remember modest living of Geelani, who used to walk miles together in Sopore and Baramulla to reach out strong Jammat-e-Islami cadre. Then he used to command respect for his modesty but now, while moving around in SUVs, even his close confidents envy his style and grandeur. Similarly, a high profile separatist among the top trio, who used to sell tickets in a Srinagar cinema in black before militancy is now desperately braving the heat coming nearer him.
Kashmir has witnessed non-entities becoming entities and a class of neo riches emerging next door of every house hold.
The contrast in the lifestyle of who’s who in Kashmir’s separatist world, before and after the militancy, reflects meteoric but unexplainable rise and change over. There has been a huge transformation, not only in terms of wealth but stature as well. Some of the ruffians have turned as respectable in the otherwise conservative society which has been in love with its glorious traditions and values.
A few years back, Amarjeet Singh Dulat, the former RAW Chief, had dropped a bombshell by claiming that almost every ‘big man’ in the Valley has much to explain with regard to newly acquired affluence and proximity to power. He had exposed all those entangled in gaining money power and political prowess by exploiting common Kashmiri.
The people of Kashmir will be right in asking Geelani, Mirwaz, Shabir Shah, Yasin Malik, Nayeem Khan, Bitta Karate, Zahoor Watali and their ilk as to why their kin don’t find Jihad as sacrosanct as a poor man’s only son does. Why Sallahudin’s sons are working with Jammu and Kashmri Government and the poor man’s son is rehabilitating martyrs’ grave yard.
The unfortunate part of the Kashmir trauma is that those romanticising and glorifying Jihad have not felt its twinges. Geelani and his likes treat mushroom growth of ‘martyrs’ grave yards as an investment to their flourishing enterprise, assigned by the rogue Pakistan. The real pinch is being felt by countless mothers, sisters and brothers who have helplessly seen their ‘indoctrinated’ dear ones falling prey to bullets.
Well before the NIA raids, most frequent question bothering the public mind in the Valley remained as to why no action was being initiated against those challenging the sovereignty of nation despite accumulating huge assets without any known source of income. Was there a covert understanding between law enforcers and law breakers? Why did not Enforcement Directorate of the Department of Revenue, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau or the Income Tax Department plunge into action in conjunction with the State law enforcing agencies and take on the neo-riches? When an ordinary Kashmiri watched anti-national elements flourishing and the concerned government agencies looking towards other side, they had a reason to suspect a ‘fixed match’.
However, the perception is fast changing in the Valley now. The people are appreciating the action against exploiters, which became evident when they paid little heed to the shut-down call given by separatists on 25th July 2017. That was perhaps beginning of the end of exploiters in Kashmir.
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