A dejected Peace lover

A peaceful struggle is as unacceptable as a violent one, so what is the option left!

Er Rasheed
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 23 2018 11:30PM | Updated Date: Feb 23 2018 11:30PM
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Like every Kashmiri me too being a victim of violence and circumstances have a deep desire to see Kashmir issue getting resolved at an earliest. However, based on the experience from 1989 to 2008 I was a firm believer that violence is not the solution. It was the reason why despite being always on toes, I never supported violence after making it to assembly in 2008. As a mark of commitment towards non-violence I took the risk of roaming without any security cover in every nook and corner. But after 10 years what I could conclude is the fact that those talking of peace are the biggest enemies of peace, as for them surrendering everything means peace and talking about aspirations, sentiments and human rights means not less than a crime that can get you beaten in the streets, police stations, assembly and even drag you to NIA. It was autumn of 2011 when from journalist fraternity a well wisher of mine, and a close friend of Farooq Abdullah, now a professor, conveyed me that state DGP has been asked to give a detailed report about various FIRs pending against me, so that I could be pressurized and persuaded not to stress for a debate and vote on resolution in Assembly seeking clemency for Afzal Guru. It was shocking for me as the act was itself a big move to demolish the credibility of the state’s so called most powerful assembly. The resolution was sabotaged  on 28 Sept. 2011 as then Speaker Legislative Assembly managed a drama at the floor of the house. In 2010 when whole Kashmir was burning renowned journalist Praveen Swami got convinced to write in ‘The Hindu that while whole Kashmir is burning, Langate is an Island of peace. When interlocutors Radha Kumar and others could not get even out of their drawing rooms, I took them to Langate and they addressed a gathering, where people took a pledge in presence of national media that they will not pelt stones, but asked interlocutors just to take measures for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute. I had no compulsions or pressures in doing so, except my firm faith that violence harms Kashmiris. Only during the meet Radha Kumar and Dilip Padgounkar apprised me that the meeting has not gone well with the then Home Minister P-Chidambram, as people sought resolution to Kashmir dispute. Both  Radha Kumar and Padgounkar were honest enough to reveal that if New Delhi is not ready to listen peaceful and logical voices, how would the solution come. Anyway whatsoever happened from 2010 till date with me needs not to be narrated here. However despite being the biggest advocate for a durable and real peace I was dragged to NIA and national media was used to distort my image by one way or the other. Is not it strange that on the one hand I was summoned to New Delhi for having built disproportionate assets within and outside country, but when I asked the speaker and state accountability commission to verify my assets and income through any agency, my plea was rejected. Till 2017 I would often claim everywhere that Langate is a No PSA Zone and defended a peaceful struggle for resolution to Kashmir dispute by citing the way of fighting for rights of people I along with masses of Langate often did and achieved through peaceful means. As a part of my conviction I often tried to keep youth of my constituency and my followers away from all sorts of violence and did my best to draw youth to quality education. But after Sept. 2017 everything changed. As on date more than a dozen people have been booked under PSA in my constituency. Crackdowns, search operations, calling people to police stations and humiliating them has become a routine and this all is being done to break my will and resolve of fighting for people’s rights through a unique, sincere, peaceful and logical means. I have enough reasons to believe that state and security apparatus are very keen to weaken every such voice which uses peaceful means to seek resolution to Kashmir dispute and for more than one reasons New Delhi through its proxies and security agencies wants violence to continue. Perhaps by crying victim New Delhi wants to buy time and avoid any sincere and concrete dialogue on Kashmir for the reason it has very little to defend.

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