To Kill a Policeman


Dear Editor

It matters a lot to me and many around whenever the human blood spills on the roads of Jammu and Kashmir triggering a contentious debate in Valley. Irrespective of the ideologies,  these killings need to be mourned on humanitarian  grounds as we are all humans and in the end it is the humanity that becomes a casualty in a conflict zone like J&K. In our state, every individual, every family has a sad story to tell, no matter whether they belong to a pro-freedom or pro-Indian camp. 

As it is,  the conflict is the root cause of all problems, sufferings, pain and agony which needs to be mitigated as soon as possible, both for peace and for the people. 

Is killing of any native police personal contributing to the cause or damaging it. This is a question that needs to be understood first and then answered. Local policing in any conflict zone is a very hazardous task. Policing in J&K is a multi-dimensional responsibility. Fewer opportunities of the livelihood force many to join the pro-government armed forces to feed their families. One has to accept the life as it comes irrespective of choices and compulsions and the life must go on.

When the killings become random and innocent Kashmiri policemen get killed, for whom nothing matters other than feeding their family. it unwittingly contributes to a counter narrative that might result feeding and nourishing a parallel school of thought which can prove dangerous and a hurdle in taking the ongoing political struggle to its logical end.

History is witness that the local policing has dealt a severe blow to the ongoing political struggle. Since a large chunk of the police personnel comes from the Valley itself, they have created a divide in the society. But whether it is a militant, a policeman, or an innocent protester, it is generally a Kashmiri who dies. It is eventually a Kashmiri mother, a Kashmiri father, a Kashmiri widow, a Kashmiri orphan, a Kashmir brother and sister who loses everything. They suffer pain  that can’t even be described in words. 

My limited point is that a khaki uniform should never be a criteria to judge one’s patriotism and used as a label to call any one a traitor or a collaborator as far as their core nationalities are concerned.



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