Barking the wrong tree

The situation that has overwhelmed Kashmir from, now almost two months is not an ordinary law and order task. It has gone deeper and wider than the routine problems of order. It is not even the kind of a situation that even if highly inflammable would last for a couple of days and wear out all by its own. To go further, it is not even a problem that can wholly be addressed by the steps taken in accordance with the images drawn with the security brush. It is a problem that is rooted in the minds of the people. Its outward manifestations are multiple; fact of the matter is that the band of variation is confusingly rich. The inputs to this situation come from different aqueducts. We have social channels that flow into this larger pool of the problem. We have economic issues that run down into the basin of this problem. We have political landmass that slides into this pool making it all the more murky and ugly. We have even the left over problems of all kinds that have amassed over generations and are now bobbing up their heads menacingly. Then there are the springs of mistrust, suspicion and vested interest that always make their way stealthily from underneath. There is a constant supplying jetting forth from such insidious points. And to cap it all we have the oceanic flow cascading down from different named and unnamed slopes into this valley, once called satisar. When this is the complexity of the portrait, looking at it with a faulty vision can bring us disastrous conclusions. And this is what is happening here exactly. The plans drawn by the government and the myriad agencies always at work in Kashmir engender actions that point towards an extremely faulty understanding of the situation. The point that needs to be zeroed in is the reaction of authorities to the protests organized by medics of Government Medical College, Srinagar. Now the plain and simple question is this: why can’t a section of our population register its concern over the Human Rights violations that have grown so steeply over the past few weeks. In the first instance it is a question mark on the ability of the government if professional, like doctors, lawyers and journalists are frequently seen protesting over one or the other issue related to human dignity and security in Kashmir. Now instead of contemplating over the problem and taking inputs from different sections of the society, Government always resorts to the use of force. As if it is born with a truncheon in its hand. Creating an atmosphere of intimidation by registering the cases under RPC sections like, 147 (guilty of rioting), and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) speaks of the mindset that always contributed to the worsening of the situation. If even the professionals of the premier institution are not spared one has enough to make out what mindset this system is working with. Rather than establishing a connect with its people and knowing from them what has gone wrong and how can it be corrected, government, by initiating such actions against people, is only pushing the situation towards worse. We have been witnessing that from past many years how an organized force was unleashed over the population, but did that help. No, it worked to the contrary. That is enough an input for the security syndromed minds to shun the policy of using force alone, and always, to meet the situation. It’s better if a broader view of the situation is taken and multiple corrective measure are initiated to ease out the situation. The beginning can be made by withdrawing the cases that have been slapped over people in different parts of the valley. Pertinent to bring to remembrance are the protests carried out by the people in Jammu, in 2008. Almost every section of the population participated. How were those protesters dealt with! No cases were held against them.  If that was in Jammu, why differently in Kashmir; why adopt a policy that has always proved counter productive. Why bark the wrong tree.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 27 Jul 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 27 Jul 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 IST




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