Displaying his party’s true faith in the barrel of the gun and its respect for terrorists, a senior CPI(M) functionary from Jammu and Kashmir desisted from calling Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani a “terrorist”. The Kulgam MLA and state secretary of the party, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, in a statement referred to Wani as “Burhan Wani and his associates”. Tarigami did not dare condemn the acts of terrorism indulged in by Wani and his co-terrorist, but rather issued a long homily on what action must be taken against security forces in the Valley.
In tune with Tarigami, CPI(ML) leader Kavitha Krishnan, forever in a state of war with India, especially if it happens to be ruled by a dispensation she hates—in this case the BJP—termed the gunning down of Wani as “extra judicial killing”. These are the types—Tarigami, Krishnan et al—who encourage their cadres to dance and revel at the death of our soldiers. When in 2010, jawans were mowed down by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh, a group of students in JNU, inspired by these ideologies and leaders, had organised a celebratory dance. One never hears them condemning terrorists and their death dance. Violence fits well into the political ideology that they peddle.
These types are also joined by a long line of pseudo-intellectuals who keep arguing that Wani was not so much a terrorist than a son of a “headmaster” who was done to death by the Indian security agencies. They never discuss the atrocities and killings that Wani engineered, these are expressions of dissatisfaction, they lamely argue.
One cannot even protest such reductionism lest one be labelled a “hyper-nationalist”. The sole “rational” course, in order to be counted as an intellectual, a liberal and sane by these types, is to sit back and applaud those who spit and spite at the very idea of India and work to destabilise and crack her. Some would even like you to believe how great a philosopher and thinker is Zakir Naik. For these types, it does not matter that Naik’s channels have always shown an India minus Kashmir or that his sermons from hell are radicalising and misguiding youth across the countries.
The Naxals and their urban sympathisers have always come out in support of disruptionists and utilised a crisis within the country to push forward their divisive agendas of conflict and hate. Through their support of terrorists and terrorism, they are clearly working against the interests of a large majority of Kashmiris who aspire to move on and to join the march of prosperity, of possibilities and of opportunities.
Parties that are trapped in their outdated claptraps can scarcely understand this new aspiration. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his two years, has often visited Kashmir, directly addressed the people, launched schemes and initiatives, and has spoken of the need for the people to move ahead in a spirit of aspiration and development. He has demonstrated it, when he spent Diwali in Kashmir to be by the side of the flood-affected people.
Who are those who are to benefit most from such an affirmative agenda, it is the people of Kashmir. And who are those who are to lose most from this agenda inspired by humanistic the spirit of humanism, it is the separatists, terrorists and their sympathisers within the country, and their masters and sponsors across the border.
The sooner their agendas are exposed and rejected, the better shall it be for the health of our democracy and collective aspirations.