‘Guru’s Execution Symbolises Delhi’s Defeat In Kashmir’

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SRINAGAR: The chairperson of the Kashmir Centre For Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS), Prof Hameeda Nayeem, on Wednesday said that India had “redefined judicial norms” to execute Muhammad Afzal Guru as, according to her, it had not been able to prove him directly involved in the attack on the parliament. .

She said that Guru, 22nd on the list of death row inmates, had been hurriedly executed to “satisfy the jingoistic and majoritarian conscience of India and throw away the universal principles of justice and fair play.”

Prof Nayeem said that she had been too shocked and stunned by Guru’s execution, carried out “under a pall of secrecy,” to react so far, but had mustered words only after seeing the calm and fortitude of his wife and son.

According to the KCSDS chief, Guru was executed even after judicial errors, fabricated evidence and executive chicanery had failed to prove him directly involved in the attack on the parliament.   

“The execution speaks volumes of all the dirty politics behind the deed. Was it to stop the riding horse of Modi or to outsmart the BJP and hence scuttle their onward march of electoral gains that a Kashmiri had to be hanged?  Because, only by hanging a Kashmiri could the government satisfy the ‘conscience’ in mainland India and face no fierce opposition in the country,” she said.

“Or was it to inflict a final blow on the collective consciousness of Kashmiris to bring home the message that their resistance to Indian domination will never be heeded and only put down with brute force, that the government is hell-bent on denying justice to Kashmiris, even though it will have to brazenly redefine justice in terms of the satisfaction of the jingoistic majority’s lust for Kashmiri blood,” she said.

“Be that as it may, let me tell them with authority that by hanging Afzal they have only rejuvenated the resistance movement and completed the alienation of Kashmiris. The persistence and vivification of Kashmiris’ longing to be free from Indian repression and control symbolizes the defeat of the Indian state and her militarization in Kashmir,” she said

“And the psychological defeat is much more powerful and painful than the actual physical defeat,” she said.

“By refusing to return the body they show monumental stupidity because the absence of his body in Kashmir is much more powerful in public memory than its presence,” she said.

“And if after all Afzal was to be hanged for allegedly attacking ‘ the temple of democracy’ how many Indians need to be hanged for actually trampling over the democratic rights of Kashmiris including the right to self –determination and attacking their democratic institutions?” she asked.

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