The Kashmir scenario has me so troubled. Its just sad to see the entire valley in pain and yet it also makes me angry that the stubborn rioters care for nothing – not life, health, safety, education……
The simple fact of the matter is that the Kashmiris are frustrated and the separatists are providing them with a way of striking back. Unfortunately, they are also creating more and more reasons to strike back. I had thought it strange that reports spoke of tear gas not dispersing protestors and police resorting to firing. It didn’t make sense. After all, tear gas would disable more people than a bullet, right? And, if the group was really determined, why stop when some of them were hit? It wasn’t like large parts of the crowds were injured or killed. I felt certain that the intent was to not stop till there were a few casualties to protest over the next time.
Apparently, I was right.
The government has essentially turned a blind eye to their suffering for years, and their resulting anger is now being used to generate yet more pain for the purposes of someone else.
Intercepts of a conversation between Ghulam Ahmad Dar and Shabir Ahmed Wani talks of “10-15 people more should be martyred” and “You are getting money, but not doing enough”. It is painful to hear of misguided, but brave kids fighting for what they believe is justice being talked about as purchased cannon fodder for being butchered.
Its time for the pelters to find some purpose and demand accountability from the government rather than indulge in violence and its time for the government to see that its important that human rights are respected.
The good part is that at least in a democracy, however else it is, they have a possibility of getting their needs met.
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