The tail of braid rakshaks

Everybody has a role to play and if Centre intends to re-build its reputation

Mir Imaad Rafi
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 23 2017 10:56PM | Updated Date: Oct 23 2017 10:56PM
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Braid-chopping a heinous crime is a psychological blot that has shaken the foundations of social order in the valley. Before we could reconcile with the loss entailed due to summer agitation over Burhan Wani’s killing, a horrific menace is staring us at face with state’s inability to contain these incidents. Many of us have voiced our opinions and fears about this crime but the question in fact remains as it is. It is the loss of constituency of peace and our immediate response to these crisis. Peace is what we have been searching for. Besides leaving us imperilled with psychological fears. It has spread its wings to the areas of peace.

The outrage may be justified as inability of police to even start substantial investigation will lead to massive public displeasure however our conduct of ferocity and rampage is questionable which has contributed to the rising  insecurity. Probable fear of getting lynched on mere suspicion  has confined men too to their homes. This increasing social insecurity has vitiated the little gained peaceful atmosphere. Our manner of responding to this social catastrophe is in the form of mob lynching, thrashing and all that could ideally not find place in a civilised society. What rest of the nation was facing since long , has set its foot here too. Mere suspicion is enough to be a warrant of death.

Politics is cruel but our response should not be. The intemperate outbursts are such that a Kashmiri feels unsafe at the hands of another Kashmiri. Just like the braid chopping, Kashmir mirroring this savagery of being like cow vigilantes is a social terror for innocents and has created mass fear . In the name of braid vigilantism, the miscreants have unleashed violence at several places. Tension is inflaming  among civilians  and it seems that we are on the verge of a civil war with each other amid social unrest. Beating people at random in the name of braid chopping is not graceful. The implications have far reach ripple effects, that can soon endorse ‘ mob lynching’ someday if things continue to be so.

The other side face of the coin is the way forces are handling the protestors. In absence of any succour or balm on the wounds of people, forces have failed to show restraint while dealing with the protesting mobs. The perpetual failure of adhering to the norms and resultant fire arm injuries have further aggravated the situation. The mainstream political parties yet again have lost another opportunity to exhibit solidarity with their own people. Quick to slam each other , both ruling and the opposition have pronounced their verdict while as  people are still looking for a leadership that could possibly answer the questions, calm the tempers and at large bring them out this morass. 

Tail Piece: It is the collective loss of Kashmir that has degraded the atmosphere we are living in. Today when we had to celebrate the fall of autumn, we Kashmiris are forced to rethink about the quality of life we have. Where death seems to be at the threshold and reason unknown. Everybody has a role to play and if Centre intends to re-build its reputation, moving beyond rhetoric is the only option. For us people, we probably need to treat each other with dignity and respect.

Aankh jo kuchh dekhti hai lab pe aa sakta nahin

Mahv-e-hairat hun  ki duniya kya se kya ho jayegi

 

(The author is a Srinagar based lawyer)

 

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