BLUNT BUTCHER / ANCHOR
After Jammu, it is now the entire country that has become Rapistan for young and middle-aged icons of Kashmir, no matter which side of the fence they are.
The social media has brought many skeletons out of the cupboard. Earlier, the anti-India sentiment used to remain confined to the cozy rooms of power corridors in Jammu and Kashmir, now these are public. Almost every former bureaucrat and retired official has turned outspoken spokespersons of the separatists, terrorists and India bashers. The virus has spread among serving officials as well, which is why the Mehbooba Mufti government, accused of being pro-separatist and pro-Jihadi, even felt constrained to issue an exhaustive set of guidelines in December 2017. The J&K Government Employees Conduct Rules-1971 were amended, ordering, inter-allia, “No government employee shall engage in any criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government…They shall also not use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or endorse the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure and also shall not use their accounts in a manner that could reasonably be construed to imply that the government endorses or sanctions their personal activities in any matter whatsoever. They shall also not post inflammatory, extraneous message in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on topic discussion.”
Sending all these guidelines to winds, a civil service officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, a native, has mocked the directives of the government, to which he himself is an integral component, thus inviting disciplinary action for his 6th July tweet, Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan! The inference is clear. Still if the officer, Shah Feasel will try to defend his post by double meaning verbose, the IQ of civil services qualifiers can be questioned.
No sooner the intent of the government became public, the officer turned an icon overnight and garnered unprecedented support from Kashmir centric political mainstream, including Congress, CPI(M) and National Conference. The political leaders are openly questioning the impending governmental action and even questioning its legality and morality.
Encouraged by the wave of sympathy coming from his core constituency, the officer went on to tweet, “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change.”
After seeking rule change, the officer does not mind about losing his job.
This is yet another script getting developed to bash India. No surprise! In this country anybody and everybody is free to speak against the nation. It is neither a crime nor a sin. Mocking, abusing and thrashing Indian soldiers and symbols is a rule in the State called Jammu and Kashmir. Those not standing in honour of National Anthem, even in presence of the constitutional head of the State, either at Ghulam Shah Badshah University or Central University Kashmir can get scot-free but the entire law and order machinery gets unleashed if anything is said against any politician.
There is no love lost for any young man raising pro-India in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk but those bashing India find stream of sympathisers. Given the environment generated by pseudo seculars, liberals and activists, every anti-national has a huge space across the country and even abroad. No sooner anybody gets prominence over anti-India remarks all the monetary assistance comes flowing from seminar circuit. Therefore, bleed India and get benefited. There are umpteen numbers of activists like Gautam Navlakha and Arundati Roy, to name a few, who have turned out celebrities for India bashing. Activists’ like them serve as inspiration for people like Shah Feasel to try their luck at the larger canvass.
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