Right after his perfunctory tweet condemning the attack on Amarnath Yatris as a “cowardly act of terror” (is there any other kind?), Home Minister Rajnath Singh praised the “spirit of Kashmiriyat” for being very much alive as he claimed the people of Kashmir had ‘strongly condemned’ the terror attack.
We ask the Home Minister to answer these 5 simple questions for us –
- Is this Kashmiriyat alive when large groups of civilians routinely gather at encounter sites and pelt stones at security forces, to enable trapped jihadi terrorists to escape?
- Was this Kashmiriyat alive when Kashmir valley erupted in anger over the J&K government’s recent move to grant identity cards (they would still remain non-state subjects, mind you) to West Pakistan Hindu refugees who have been languishing for 70 years in the state without citizenship rights, a right to vote in state polls, or a rehabilitation package?
- Was this Kashmiriyat alive last year when in the wake of terrorist Burhan Wani’s death, blood-thirsty mobs pelting stones besieged transit camps of Kashmiri Pandits in Hawl, Vessu and Mattan?
- Was this Kashmiriyat alive in 2008 when Kashmir erupted in violent protests over an agreement to transfer a mere 99 acres of valley forest land to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to set up temporary shelters and facilities for Hindu pilgrims?
- Finally, was this Kashmiriyat alive when Kashmiri Pandits were driven out from their homes in 1989/90, with things reaching a fever pitch on the night of January 19, 1990, as mobs of ordinary Muslims gathered in every street, whipped into a frenzy by slogans ringing out from mosque loudspeakers like ‘Asi gachchi Pakistan, Batao roas te Batanev san’ (We want Pakistan along with Hindu women, but without their men?) and ‘Kashmir mei agar rehna hai, Allah-O-Akbar kehna hai‘ (If you want to stay in Kashmir, you have to say Allah-O-Akbar)?
At least the PM shared prayers for the injured and spent some time thinking of those who lost their loved ones in the attack.
But the time for prayers and thoughts is long over – it is now time to act against the Islamist snakes living off the state in J&K, their masters across the border,and their enablers in the national capital.
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