Following slanderous campaign against a young Kashmiri cadet for speaking her mind over obtaining scenario in the Valley, voices are shockingly gaining momentum about girls (or for that matter boys as well) joining the National Cadet Corps.
Ironically, in the forefront of this campaign are those who prefer the security forces or army personnel from outside the Valley to secure them, just because they are not sure about their security by own policemen. They are fighting for ‘Azadi’ and ‘dignity of Kashmir’ but prefer to remain under the security blanket of forces from outside the Valley.
What can be the enormity of hypocrisy than this? This hypocrisy and double speak has gained acceptability in both separatist and mainstream camps, which is why the industry of exploitation is unabatedly flourishing across the Valley. The beneficiaries have developed a vested interest to remain on both sides of the fence.
Kashmir is a case-study for scholars working in strife zones around the world. It is a place where the beneficiaries have no grouse to accept the assistance of armed forces during natural calamities, like the earthquake of 2005 or devastating floods of 2016, but acknowledging it is considered as anti-Kashmiri. It is a land where the so-called champion of Azadi Yasin Malik can rob the merchandise loaded boats for flood victims to distribute among his supporters under full media gaze but not hesistate in encouraging stone pelters to make the forces target of their venom while rescuing people in distress in deep waters in most hostile conditions.
Kashmir is also a place, where the army is expected to organize medical camps or ensuring utility services like roads, water supply etc in remote areas but speaking a good word for the armed forces is a crime. Evacuating sick civilians from difficult areas through choppers or providing medical care in areas where the state government is yet to make inroads is considered a matter of right but when the armed force personnel rush with their injured personnel in nearby hospital, they are subjected to stone pelting and massive protests. It is a place where farmers and religious clerics happily go on Army’s ‘Bharat Darshan’ under Sadhbavna Mission but demonizing them back home becomes a fashion.
Kashmir is a place, where the so-called mainstreamists’ can clandestinely pocket the central funds under Army’s Civic Action Programme but have no remorse to remain in the forefront of sinister campaign to erase footprints of the armed forces from the Valley. They take pride to be seen as army-bashers but when out of the Valley they portray themselves as victims of militancy.
The Project Beacon of the army is welcome to construct high quality roads as major arteries in difficult mountainous terrain spanned by bridges and continuously maintain them as they are prone to damage due to landslides caused during rains and other natural causes but at the same time they become targets of the so-called Mujahids on the same roads, day in and day out.
Making the Valley conducive for tourist arrival at the altar of their own sacrifices may benefit thousands engaged in tourism activity but when it comes to politics of it, the beneficiaries form part of the brigade seeking repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act to render the armed forces vulnerable at the hands of marauders, aided and abetted by rogue Pakistan.
Duplicity and double speak has become norm in the Valley of turbulence. The beneficiaries of terrorism have mastered in the craft in over two and half decades. They are the people who speak so good for the army privately but keep demonizing them publicly to have best of both the worlds. This kind of duplicity got exposed on a national television channel when an anti-army leader was forced to eat up his own words on being reminded how he ‘begged’ of the army escort during peak of militancy, fearing threat to his life under police guard. This is the story of almost all the protected separatists and mainstreamists, who keep banking upon the army as also bashing against them as per convenience.
Kashmir is a place where thousands of youths can participate in the recruitment rallies to join the army but when it comes to target the armed forces equal number of stone-pelters can be seen up in arms on every square and market place.
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