“The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off”Since 9 February 2013, Kashmir has again run into turmoil, strikes, arrests, stone pelting and martyring people. People are at a loss to understand why when there is semblance of normalcy rulers in New Delhi or in J&K frantically seek a pretext to reverse the situation. The decision of hanging Afzal Guru was taken all of a sudden. Not allowing him a meeting with his family members, no review appeal of his case, and not returning the dead body to his family, are the acts the like of which disrupt normalcy in Kashmir. The cycle of oppression has been set in motion once again. As a consequence, Tahir Ahmad Sofi of Baramulla was martyred without any provocation. Mudassir Kamran, a student from Pulwama doing PhD in Hyderabad University was found hanged in his room. Instead of resolving the tension, the government imposed strict curfew which added to the difficulties of the people.
A suicide attack took place on 12 March in Bemina which warmed up political instability in Kashmir. The opposition in the Indian Parliament and the extremists raised the slogan of “kill and declare war”. Indo-Pak relations dropped to a freezing point. The outgoing Pakistan National Assembly passed a resolution condemning political execution of Afzal Guru. People ask why for five long years there was no resolution on Kashmir in Pakistan NA and why did a resolution come just two days before the Assembly’s term expired. Maybe it was to win the vote bank of Kashmir’s. Pakistani government demonstrated no reaction nor issued any statement at the time of execution of Afzal Guru.
The era of civil disobedience and violence has not begun just today. Such movements were to be seen in 2008, 2009 and 2010. These ended up without any result. In 2008, more than 68 Kashmir’s were martyred and in 2010, the number of martyred persons rose to 117 which included children. There was five-month long strike and stone throwing events and curfew imposition. All that the Kashmiri community achieved was economic and human loss.
We the Kashmir’s have strange psychology. We begin to bemoan our defeat and loss only after the event and then every person accuses the other for the failure. During 2008 movement, separatist organizations forged a temporary unity among themselves. In reality, there was not unity as such, as it came to an end when the movement died down. The 2008 Movement gave the impression that Kashmiri community will never come out of their homes to participate in the elections. But the elections in 2008 became a big joke. More than 60 or 70 % votes were cast at various places. Media was given the pretext that votes were cast not for the Kashmir issue but for roads, water and electric power and other developmental activities. We were unable to make the people understand that those who failed to provide water and electricity for sixty long years, could not guarantee the supply of these facilities in next six years.