Indian Army launched its Operation All-Out in the year 2017 ostensibly to wipe out militancy from the state and to infuse fear psychosis among the Kashmiri youth about the repercussions of joining militancy. A list of 258 militants was shortlisted, also the security agencies managed to get some of them eliminated.
But the question is has the operation yielded any success in getting the situation normal in the state by the barrel of gun? The answer is No. The claim of Jammu and Kashmir police that Kashmiri youth are no more enthused to join militancy holds no ground. Ever since operation all out was launched more than 150 yuth of the Valley have joined the ranks of rebels and most of them being from educated and well to do families. This figure is highest in last seven years.
The security agencies excuse that only uneducated and unemployed youth are joining militancy has proved to be a big hoax. The list prepared by security forces includes those holding masters and doctoral degrees and some have left their lucrative jobs. Current Kashmiri generation is very sensitive towards the happenings in the state. Hiding atrocities and brutalities on Kashmiri people is not possible now because of social media. The states oppressive measure of criminalizing the right to dissent and peaceful protest has added fuel to the fire. Today the youth is not even allowed to celebrate the win of their favourite cricket team.
Present day militant commanders are generation born during the nineties and have read painful tales of Gaw Kadal, Handwara , Bijbehara , Kunan Poshpora and numerous other massacres. They read the story of detention centres like Papa2 and Cargo. Now they themselves witness arrests and detentions, unending FIRs and PSAs, curfews and e-curfews.
Youth has realized that successive Prime Ministers of India put Lollipops like sky is the limit, anything within constitution Insaniyat and Kashmiriyat in their mouth which yielded nothing. Half hearted dialogue process, appointment of interlocutors in 2010 and later throwing their reports in dustbin, failure of United Nations in bringing peace to the state because of all these reasons the youth has lost faith in peaceful and democratic means. All this makes youth flock to the militant ranks.
Prime Minister Modi attempted to solve a political issue through an economic perspective. He announced 80,000 crore rupees package for the development of the state. Although the announcement cheered the faces of unionist politicians but the ground reality remains the same.
Post-Burhan Kashmir required a careful handling. Lakhs of people turning out on funeral of Burhan should have been an eye opener for the Indian establishment but they didnt change their approach. They used brutal military means to quell the revolution. They blinded children by pellet guns and tortured elders inside their homes with PAVA shells. Pictures of pellet shattered Insha and countless others shocked us all.
Whatever indignity was left was heaped on people of Kashmir by the so called national media of India. Led by studio warriors they spread venom and hatred against the Kashmirs entire population and maligned the image of popular movement. They even questioned the collective wisdom of a population by branding them stooges of an enemy nation.
Mishandling has turned militancy a passion for a sizeable section of youth in Kashmir. With their hopes of a peaceful settlement diminishing they have taken upon themselves to put an end to lingering uncertainty.
Their dream of a dignified life lies shattered and they flock to the militant ranks choosing death over this life. It is time for studio warriors to shut up and politicians to wake up.
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