A discussion with a Kashmiri co-worker on Separatism, Burhan Wani and Terrorism

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Kashmir is a very delicate issue propelled by hardcore Islamic (Wahabi) religious fanaticism so I'm of a view that the more attention we give to their incessant complaining in media the more fodder we provide our enemies against us.

I also had a belief that because it is a religious issue so separatists have silent support of Muslim majority of Kashmir. But after having a discussion with one of my co-worker recently, a Kashmiri girl (Shia), I was forced to think to change that belief a bit.

Here is the excerpt of the conversation that we had. Let us call her K.

Me: Hey how are you?

K: Fine! How are you?

Me : Good too. So it has started in Kashmir again?

K: Yeah! Situation is a bit tensed.

Me: Who is responsible? You only. Why do your people do that? If you hate India so much then leave India instead of attacking our soldiers with stones.

K: Hey! I am as Indian as you are and I, including the people far far into my contacts has never opposed India or the army. Not all Kashmiris are against India and we don't conspire for the so-called 'azadi'. Even we are fed up of those extremists who have made Kashmir a hell on earth.

Me : Then who are those people whom I see on internet tirelessly calling India and Indian Army names. And who made constitutes that mob to stone pelters, the ones who were crying tears for Burhan Wani?

K: Hardly 20% of the entire Kashmiri population supports the separatists and they are responsible for the violence.

Me: It's still a product of Islam. Muslims want a separate land because of their Islamist identity.

K: I told you I am a die hard Indian and most Kashmiris like me carry the same sentiment but it is Indian government and media's impartiality which offends many. Now look at this Burhan Wani case. Have you ever heard his name before this incident?

Me : No, do you have sympathy with him ?

K: No I don't have any sympathy with him. He was a terrorist and was treated as such, but the main thing is that even I have not heard his name before this nor do my many Kashmiri friends. But all of sudden he became a hero for all those extremist and even for other common people. Who do you think is responsible for this ?

Me : Who?

K: Indian MEDIA. Army killed a terrorist but media made him a martyr. His news was shown as of some hero on TV and printed as he was some rock star in news paper. This changed narrative of a terrorist has huge impact on Kashmir. Tell me do you like if some good looking young guy, a rebel of your city or town would be killed by someone as shown in TV. He was never referred to as a terrorist but as young, good looking son of a teacher from the valley. This gained him a lot of sympathy and disgust for Indian government amongst common Kashmiri masses plus extremist are always waiting for these kind of opportunities to emerge. Now when Kashmir reacted, Police and CRPF counter reacted, hence situation escalated.

Me: So you blame the opportunist Indian media? And what about local kashmiri channel and news papers?

K: Yes 100%. This is the only news that runs in Kashmir day and night, like to hypnotize the entire Kashmir population into a hate frenzy. Specially Barkha and NDTV, they are the ones who are building this fire in Kashmir.

Me : Hmm.. Yeah true. Good to know your side too.

With this conclusion we reahed a truce and moved to our respective desks for work.

Written by Abhishek Abhimanyu Sharma

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