Even a blood bath in Kashmir fails to garner emotions
By Wasim Ahmad Sheergojri
Kashmir, once known as paradise of earth, has now turned into a pandemonium. The killing spree on regular basis has changed its greenery to red. Nowadays, streets are decorated with blood. Every nook and corner of the valley presents a view of pain and loss. Kashmiri’s hear a heart piercing news very often which changes their happiness and joy into endless sorrows and pain.
Blood has become so cheap in Kashmir that it is found at every door. Whenever, there is any killing or massacre in Kashmir, everyone condemns it with strong words. Print as well as electronic media is flooded with such comments and dialogues.
If everyone condemns such events then who does it? Who orders it? How does it happen? Such diligent episodes do not happen once or twice in a year but, it has become a routine now. Who will be the next victim; it may be I, you or the milk sucking babies or the ones who are new to born. In fact, the soil of Kashmir is soaked with blood every now and then.
People know about history of “Bloody Sunday”, when British troops killed 28 unarmed and innocent civilians of North Ireland in January 1972, but Kashmiris have seen bloody long winters and summers.
India had witnessed Jalianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, but Kashmir has seen a chain of massacres like Gowkadal massacre of 21thJanuary1990,in which 51 innocents were martyred by CRPF forces, Handwara massacre on 25th January 1990, where 25 civilians were martyred by BSF, Zakoora and Tengpora massacre and Kupwara massacre of 1994.
Apart from 2016’s mass killing, 2018 has witnessed a huge loss of human value whether it was in Kulgam, Shopian or the yesterday’s mass killing of Pulwama, in which 3 militants, 7 innocent civilians were martyred. Among the 7, one was an MBA student and two were school kids.
Seven deaths of Pulwama do not mean killing of just seven persons but it means murder of seven families and left others with mental and emotional breakdowns. If it is the battle between gun verses gun or weapon with the weapon, then how and why innocent people are becoming its targets.
Indian print as well as electronic media eulogies such episodes by declaring a victory of Indian forces. If killing of civilians is a victory then where are we heading as a society? Whenever there are civilian killings in Kashmir, police or army narrate that they either pellet stones or interrupt an encounter, but tell us how many stones were thrown by Hibba Nissar, whose little hands even cannot hold her milk bottle and how can Abid’s milk packet for his three month baby damage Indian army and Jammu and Kashmir police.
Kashmir is considered to be the hot bed of militancy especially the south Kashmir and the armed forces know the aftermaths of any encounter, then why cannot they take such constructive steps and archaic measures by which human loss is minimized?
If the governments of both the countries seriously want to solve the issue and save the Kashmir progeny from any further loss then definitely they can find any solid solution to this problem, as Parveen Shakir says: Bas Apnay Wastay Hi Fikir Mand Hai Sab Loogh
Yahna Kisi Ko Kisi Ka Khyaal Thodi Hai