JAMMU: Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz is dead. He got bullets not from the enemy across the border but the friends from within. He fell victim to blood hounds for committing the crime of joining Indian Army. His sin was to visit home and be amid his own people. His mistake was to bid adieu to his maternal cousin on her marriage, little knowing that the ‘Messiahs’ of his Kashmir had already planned to give him final but brutal send-off.
Lieutenant Ummer was abducted, tortured and killed at point blank range. There was no ‘Azadi’ euphoria. So was no fanatic sloganeering as is fashion when young people of his age get killed in the mistaken belief of attaining martyrdom. There were no human rights activists to shed crocodile tears. There was no human heart in the Hurriyat conglomerate to bleed for this young lad of their own soil. There were subtle condemnations by the so-called mainstream leaders, essentially soft-separatists, which lacked empathy. Their condemnations were with rider like the one coming from Farooq Abdullah’s General Secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar, who said his party does not approve of killings, be that of a ‘militant’ or a ‘soldier’. How conveniently the disgraced National Conference placed the soldier and a terrorist on same pedestal. Ironically, while giving bytes to video journalists, Sagar was escorted by a group of policemen, who are on the hit list of terrorists for whom the sympathies of their protectee keep flowing profusely.
Kashmir is burning. This is the major concern of pseudo seculars, liberals and human rights activists across the country. They keep on ringing alarm bells over students taking to streets, girls preferring protests over studies, stone pelters targeting security forces and police. They also keep chanting dialogue with Pakistan and Hurriyat, which openly denounce India’s presence in Kashmir. They speak about talks, without specifying contours of the solution. They just want 125 crore strong India to bow before Pak lackeys, who are performing their dreaded roles in lieu of few bucks.
This being the reality of Kashmir, the question arises when shall the nation take a call to avenge martyr Paramjeet Singh and Sagar Chand’s beheading and cold-blooded murder of Lt Ummer. The cosmetic words like ‘we will retaliate at the time and place of our choice’, ‘terrorists will have to account for their misadventure’, or ‘martyrs blood shall not go waste’, will not work. These have lost their meaning for restive India, which wants action. The nation cannot tolerate parasites of Kashmir sucking the blood of Indians anymore. Enough is enough.
The nation will have to act. It will have to call a spade a spade. It will have to call the bluff of Kashmiri leaders, who enjoy better of both the worlds. To begin with, those at helm in New Delhi should strip the security of people like Dr Farooq Abdullah and Saif-ud-Din Soz immediately. They cannot be permitted to speak venom against the nation, communalise the situation, provoke young people all over and put India on mat for their very personal political gains. Hurriyat and other opportunistic leaders of Congress, Peoples’ Democratic Front, and Communists etcetera too should fall in the same line. This is the least New Delhi must do to send terse message to all those playing dual roles. The nation cannot tolerate an elected Chief Minister espousing the cause of separatists by giving them respectability of being stake-holders, instead of concentrating on setting things right. Senior functionaries of Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP are spitting more venom than Farooq Abdullah or Syed Ali Shah Geelani. How can Mehbooba Mufti run with hare and hunt with hounds?
The self styled mainstream leaders, who are essentially opportunistic, deceptive and power hungry spent force in the Valley, will have to take stand if they want to remain relevant in Kashmir. Left to their own, without security, these lenders can’t move out of their homes for a second, least to speak of calling shots. Who doesn’t know that many of them had abandoned their parties and homes in the Valley and taken refuge beyond Banihal in early nineties? The so-called political process, however, rehabilitated them again. They started thriving on poor Indian tax payers’ hard earned money. Deceit and opportunism became their second nature. They are the people, who are glamourising stone pelting-Intifada-and civil disobedience in the form of street protests. Of course, Pakistan has put its entire weight behind all those ganged up against India but should India trust them at all.
If the Hurriyat and the so-called mainstream political leaders want anarchy to prevail in Kashmir just to show to the world that Kshmiris were not with India, let it be so, provided New Delhi musters guts to stop concessions and security to fattened parasites. Let the street protesters and anarchists take care of these fence sitters, once forever. Blocking political space for dubious mainstream leaders besides separatists should be the first priority than tackling terrorists. The world will pleasantly watch the Valley coming back on the track of normalcy in course of time and emergence of well meaning leaders from masses, despite presence of fringe fundamentalists. These parasites have promoted and nurtured ill-will and hatred for India in Kashmir over the decades, which is going to stay for sometime if not forever. India will have to live with this reality. The war in Kashmir has to be fought and won on various fronts and in several phases. To start with the nation will have to neutralise Hurriyat and mainstream parasites. Sooner the better- in the larger interest of peace.
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