Development or Independence
Stone pelting for long has become a popular approach for youths to express their anger against the government, more so gained momentum as an instrument of protests post Arab Spring. However, this becomes an available manner
to effect escalations of violence, as it becomes deadly, requiring the application of force, resulting in casualties. This works, if not for any other ends, but internationalizing the issue, spectacular headlines as they say.
By his own admission, a seasoned stone pelter Bhat sounded unapologetic about forging contracts with obscure enemies to strike at troops
in the Valley. ‘We pelt security forces with stones J&K police personnel, Army jawans, MLAs, and government vehicles.’ But this hired extremist refused to disclose the identity of his financiers.
Reason: affinity to so-called Cause? No, its sustenance ‘We will die but won’t reveal their names. It’s the question of our bread and
Answer to this lies in provisioning the people with Jobs, earnings which shall translate to a sense of self-respect
and which can further lead to the functioning of society as a whole. It’s a fact that people take up arms/dissent against policies which has led them to the present state. It has been happening in all places across the world. What is required is a jumpstart
to that dream.
In the last fifteen years, the number of young Kashmiri Muslims studying and working in the rest of India
has grown significantly. Kashmiri Muslims have become part of campus politics, being elected to student offices in prestigious national educational institutes like the Jawaharlal Nehru University and Aligarh Muslim University, for instance. They can be found
working in Pune, Mumbai, distant Kerala and Goa.
What they see in the rest of the country, is what they aspire for the state
to be. They see development, quality of life and jobs. They want the same for Kashmir. Thence, with drying up of funds and curbs on Internet/Whatsapp based callings for stone pelting, there has not been any incident of the same, save at places, at a local
level, where the very negligible level of coordination is effected.
The disappearance of mass-scale agitations is visible,
and people can see normalcy, since as far as September, returning normal lives by common Kashmiri. They trust the amendment in the constitutional status of Kashmir shall ensure their right shall reach to them, their funds shall be for their de0velopment, Kashmir
Interestingly since September 2019, there has been ease in curfews. Still, there has not been any mass stone-pelting incident. While Internet curbs have made life tough than before, however common Kashmiri wants to usher
the changing times and join the nation, in the march towards a bright future. Despite sporadic efforts to effect bribe based stone pelting, the call stands rejected by most Kashmiris. Internet restrictions had an unprecedented success, not seen ever since
this paid-protests had begun, way back in 2008. All of this indicates how much the common man Kashmiri is willing to embrace development, and for once believe in one India, One economy, One people as together we stand for ourselves.
10 Dec 19/Tuesday Written by Fayaz