Bloodshed. Who cares!
Repetition renders it ordinary, sameness dull
AJAZ UL HAQUE
As if someone has been detained on the roadside and freed after a quick frisk that the chief minister of the state calls the act `unacceptable'. Only a fortnight back, the incident of shooting two boys in North Kashmir was described as `avoidable'. Small acts of inconvenience caused to public can be captured in these mild and gentle words. But in a blood-soaked land like ours that is the maximum we can go to. We must not miss that Omar called the act `deplorable' too which `warrants the severest of condemnation in the strongest possible terms'. We can't expect too much, too soon.
Gool is in the news. BSF party opens an indiscriminate fire on unarmed protesters (we can safely say `unarmed' after the CM calls them so or else the theory of militant-infiltration would come in too handy). You can't do more than `immediately' calling the Home Minister and `immediately' demanding the probe. And this probe comedy has now lived its life to the fullest. Empowering the armed personnel in the valley will yield only this. Kill first, probe latter. The probe files might have accumulated like a teetering pile of unwashed dishes. The new cases enter rendering the old ones stale. Newer the act, fresher the probe and faster the speed at which we forget the stories of slaughter. Why, when the fate of all these probes and promises is unmistakably known and conclusions ridiculously foregone, you still insist the guilty be brought to the (long heard and never seen) book.
If AFSPA conveniently covers it, why bother? It takes a Soz to say a lot on the Act, mean nothing. Our politicians condone, condemn, approve, disapprove, neither demand its revocation nor ask for its continuation. One wonders as to what do they mean when they mean business.
Politicians apart, media professionals too have been bored silly by these frequent incidents where every killing is followed by a condemnation till something ghastlier happens. How cold and how violent the act, our television anchors are not interested. They hunt for someone who issues a fatwa on the Facebook against young singers of the valley. Even if it's a prank or a mischief or a casual act of teasing the other, it merits coverage. After all why should someone be barred from his or her right to sing. Armless, harmless youth getting killed is too old a story now. They need something new.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST
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