In normal situations you react normally. Like in highly evolved nations of Europe and America if people lit candles to protest against custodial killing of a dog, if ever it takes place, their government, their civil society would understand the significance of the same and act in the same manner. But in societies like Kashmir where it took eight days for police to register a case for double murder and rape of women in Shopian, expecting people to lit candles to jolt the ‘conscience’ of the State is asking for moon. It is foolish to expect that through candles lights, the State, which only in extreme cases under extreme ‘abnormal’ reactions from the people regrets killings, would be forced to accept genuineness of the issue. The State which never thinks before the killings and then orders probes, in rarest of rare cases, after the killing.
Naseer A Ganai
SCORES of youngsters had assembled outside a polling booth in Keeri Pattan during the parliamentary elections early this year. The youth were keeping an eye on those who would come out to cast vote. “We are here just for the sake curiosity”, they said. My colleague who had come from
The elders reprimanded the youngster for uttering what they termed “non-sense” but he continued with his Taliban discourse. Our colleague from
But the question is why the youth, who were speaking in English, were waiting for the advent of Taliban. The youth who had not spotted beard and were in jeans. Or for that matter why protesters in
And when protesters raise pro-Islam slogans in rallies while shouting for Islamic rule, they express their unhappiness over the present rule. The religious slogans have cultural connotations in case of
The hope for external factor is major reason that provides a hope to people who are caught in difficult situation like Kashmiris. Otherwise why pro-freedom groups say international community should take a note of the situation. Or what is the significance of welcoming the statements of anyone from the US State department about settlement of
In developments taking place in neighborhood or in statements of the
It is like major
Presently the strikes, protests, slogans are internal dimensions of struggle of people who want to break the status quo. The oppression of the State forces people to be forceful in expressing sentiments vigorously and fearlessly. But while expressing sentiment people always looks for external factor. That is why they are keen that media should report it. They are keen to know whether BBC, CNN, Aljazeera, NDTV, CNNIBN, TIMES NOW have shown it or not. They are keen because these media channels are being construed as agents of change through which they expect attention of any external factor most probably international community’s or
In a recent seminar of the Greater Kashmir, columnist Ajaz-ul-Haq was more than right when he said that suppressed people who are facing completely abnormal situation react to it abnormally. Their abnormal reaction to the abnormal situation is extremely normal, he said. So those who expect the reason and logic behind the internal factors like strikes, slogans and protests are talking about the normal situation. In normal situations you react normally. Like in highly evolved nations of Europe and
In such circumstances it would be unwise to fret about inheriting political schizophrenia or lack of having generational spokesman. You inherit normal political system in normal times. In these sad times we should wait for the moment when external factors compliment with our internal struggle. That would change everything.