“Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr but let no lust for martyrdom”. –Mahatma Gandhi
This month we shall be observing the 30th Kashmiri Hindu Martyr’s Day. A solemn occasion to remember our martyrs who fell to the onslaught of Islamic Jihad which was thrust upon peace- loving community of Kashmiri Hindus by the forces inimical to India. The progressive and patriotic community who were known to possess the traits of spirit of industry and resourcefulness were externed from their homeland under a systematic program of genocide so as to establish Islamic state in Kashmir.
The wanton killings along with disinformation campaign against minority Hindu Pandits were a part of well-calibrated and conceived plan of Pakistan. It was executed by their network of terror organisation in Kashmir which included JKLF, Hizbul Mujahedeen, Allah Tigers, Harkat-ul-Ansar, among others. A well-researched analysis will bear out that atrocities and vandalism out-perform even the mediaeval times. The ruthless bestiality and barbarity were evident in abundance during the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus. Therefore, it is imperative upon the victims of genocide to remember those innocent lives who fell to the bullets and sensitize the world that struggle in Kashmir is not a freedom movement, but Jihadi battle which is evident in many places around the globe.
The crimes against the Kashmiri Hindu community started with projecting the minority Hindus as enemies of Islam, as they were considered an impediment in the realization of Islamic Caliphate in Kashmir. This disinformation campaign was further accentuated as Kashmiri Hindus were considered as “Indian Agents” and hence killing them was a pious duty of those who wanted to establish the Jihadi enterprise in Kashmir. A systematic plan to change the Islamic character of Kashmir was done by rendering the Indian support base in Kashmir homeless and to convert the valley into a Wahhabi Islamic region.
Hindus of Kashmir always stood with India and to its secular values as espoused in the Indian Constitution. Therefore, this minority community, representing first line of Indian nation in Kashmir,were a resisting force against the radicalization of the valley. Hence, it was this community which was made the prime target of violence, rapes, mutilations and torture, with the aim of obliterating the peace-loving nationalist community of Kashmiri Hindus from their homes and hearths. It was blood lust and the crystallization of hatred with “a willing complicity” of the majority community in the Genocide of Hindus.
Killings of Kashmiri Hindus were accompanied with torture and atrocities like what Jews faced under Nazis or what the Greeks and Armenians faced from Turkey.The barbaric methods used sent shivers down the spine of those who saw, read or heard about these. Burning wax were poured on sensitive parts of body, eye balls were gouged out, breasts of women were cut, nails were driven on foreheads, bodies were hanged on trees, strangulation by steel wires, drowning, dragging to death, burning alive among many other methods were used as part of atrocities so as to force the Kashmiri Hindus community to leave the valley out of fear. Series of threats were issued to the Pandit families, hit lists were pasted on the houses, apocryphal allegations were levied along with carrying out bomb blasts and stone pelting on the minority Hindu houses.
Brutalities against minority Kashmiri Pandit’s disregarded international covenants such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights and United Nation Covenants on Human Rights adopted in UN General Assembly in 1966. The grievous injuries on victims of Jihad are testimony to the tortures. What is surprising that there was silent connivance of the established political institutions and governmental organizations. The hapless Hindus were left to defend for themselves. Hospitals in Kashmir were converted to slaughterhouses as atrocious crimes were carried out there which will not find any parallel in modern history. Whenever, the Hindus were brought for treatment to the hospitals after getting injured by jihadi attack, were either allowed to die for want of treatment or brutally murdered by doctors in collaboration with jihadi terrorists. In many cases injured were allowed bleed to death and in some cases, victims were drained out of their blood and lives terminated. There are examples where inordinate delay was caused in sending the ambulances to victims so that they die for want of medical support.
Time and again the Kashmiri Hindu community have been seeking the judicial probe in line with Nuremberg covenants to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. The community has a hope under the new dispensation led by PM Modi that killers would not be spared, and fair justice would be done with the families who have lost their dear ones who stood for India. With renewed mandate to govern the country PM Modi must act on neutralizing the terror enterprise along with support base in Kashmir to make the valley peaceful and allow the modern industrial sector to set their footprints.
Revocation of Article 370
Reversal of ambivalent Nehruvian weak policy marks a watershed in the history of country. It marks an important strategic shift in the Indian policy thinking which has started to behave as a major power in the world. The removal of article 370 has put terror state Pakistan into a consternation as it has cut down its strategic depth within the valley. It is because of this change in Indian assertiveness that Pakistan has started to feel the heat. Pakistan always believed that Jammu & Kashmir was under their sphere of influence and it was a matter of time when India would be forced to accept the terms of engagement as per their wishes. Therefore, all the loud noises emanating from across the border against India with nuclear threat are reflective of Pakistani frustration. The credit of this tactical farsightedness must go to Indian security establishment who have successfully thwarted all efforts of jihadis in last one month to spill the blood on the streets of Kashmir. With state becoming a full-fledged UT under the direct command of Central government more proactive steps to eliminate terrorism and their subversive agents would be taken. The proof of the pudding shall lie when peace would dawn in valley and the exiled Hindu community would be able to settle back in valley with due constitutional guarantees.