How does one explain a state of affairs where a three year old boy is killed by the unknown gunmen and the situation goes on regardless. That is, beyond the rehearsed condemnations and the shutdowns.
How does one explain a situation where there have been a number of killings of the former and the present militants including some civilians and the people are none too wiser about the identity of the killers. How does one explain a situation where the government blames the militants for these killings who in turn blame the government. And how do you explain a dilemma where there are all sorts of explanations for the murders but none suffices to solve the mystery.
Even the Occam's razor doesn't help. Not even Kashmir's all-revealing street truth. But if Kashmir has to regain some sanity and a sense of security, the truth has to be revealed. State Government and for that matter the Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed can't hide behind a customary condemnation. Governments can ill-afford ambiguous postures or stoic silences, more so on issues which impact one and all. They have a duty to not only speak and be pro-active but also be seen to make a serious effort to resolve the crisis. And it is this approach which seems to be missing, in a stark variance with the PDP's earlier term in power.
Both on the mysterious murders in the north and the ongoing tension on beef ban. In the latter case also, the government seems incapable of any reassuring action. This so, even when the tension over beef ban is threatening to balloon into a major issue and pit Valley against Jammu. Having said that, the killing of little Burhan Bashir hasn't generated the warranted anger in the state. All one has got to hear is a familiar chorus of the noise, one reserved for the now routine incidents of violence. Burhan's killing deserves much more than a condemnation. It deserves much more than a hartal. It requires an authentic mourning. It requires anger. And it requires a deep sense of indignation. It is our collective duty to be outraged. For he is our Aylan Kurdi.