Gool & Kither
To Them We Are All “Puppies” Under The Wheels
JUNAID AZIM MATTU
The gruesome slaughter in Gool, Ramban is one of the lowest ebbs of patronized barbarism that one can fathom. Emboldened by a pliant leadership in J&K, an unconditional patron in New Delhi and the inexorable shroud of ‘special powers’, they have made it amply clear – we will kill Kashmiris as, when and where we please.
While the recent killings in Sumbal reminded Kashmiris of their hapless existence under the barrels of empowered soldiers, Gool has come as a shock to even the most ardent secessionists in Kashmir. The writing on the wall has been re-painted with an emphasis that will go a long way in battering an already battered psyche in the valley. To think that these incidents are isolated and disconnected would be to think too plainly. A cursory study of Kashmir’s contemporary history will prove without a figment of doubt, that (as referred to in “The Meadow” by Levy and Scott-Lark) the “Game” can go to any extent to ferment trouble where suitable and subvert peace and human rights where profitable.
“The Game”, a chapter in the shocking book about the ‘Al-Faran’ abductions, speaks about a conflicting role-play of intelligence agencies, SOG, Task Force and Security Forces in association with Ikhwanis (Mercenaries). “The Game” often meant that Indian Agencies and Security Forces, through Ikhwanis, would float militant organizations and groups, fund and arm them to use them in killing Kashmiris only to eventually mow them down as well.
One thing is evident – even when Kashmiris want peace and a rational reconciliation, there are players in the establishment who will work very hard to not only derail this movement towards peace but also push Kashmiris towards the edge, only to then relish the unbridled powers and the fruits of political manipulation.
If, for a moment, we are to believe that the fake encounter racket in Doda is about a single Police Officer gone rogue and that the bloodbath in Gool is a spontaneous incident – New Delhi stands equally guilty. There has been an unending debate about AFSPA revocation in J&K as politicians in both Srinagar and New Delhi have chosen the way of ambiguity and diversion to deal with this pertinent question. Only recently, the Congress State President has said that he has neither advocated the revocation nor the continuation of AFSPA. Only God knows what such a statement could mean – I neither condemn murder nor do I advocate it? Wow!
The coalition in J&K has bent its back backwards to shield Delhi’s continued ruthlessness in Kashmir. Congress in J&K shielding Congress in New Delhi is quite explicable but the funny part is how National Conference has gone above and beyond the call of duty to allow New Delhi to have a field day in Kashmir – just so long as the adventures in Kashmir, like Afzal Guru’s prioritized hanging, suits Congress at the national level. National Conference is more loyal to the Congress High Command than the State Congress itself.
Kashmir is being pushed towards turmoil with great diligence. What purpose it would serve for the patrons of “the Game” – only time will tell. Sadly, we all know what the plan could be – a plot where National Conference, the Security Forces and the Invisible Agencies of the State could use a new phase of turmoil in the valley to their mutual manipulative interests. They have come together to burn Kashmir in 1989 and they have no reason to hesitate now.
As for Kashmiris – for now, taking from Mr. Modi’s crass comment regarding to his guilt about the Godhra riots, we continue to be “puppies” who wander towards the speeding wheels of the establishment’s car. Our squished, life-drained corpses should not push the drivers and the riders of this car into guilt. It’s just a “condemnable accident” – a never-ending accident that continues to devour innocent young men in Kashmir.
(Junaid Azim Mattu is the Spokesperson of J&K Peoples’ Conference. Views are personal.)
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