OPINION
UNFORTUNATE FALLOUT OF THE PULWAMA ATTACK
Attacks on Kashmiri students is a crime against humanity
- VIPIN PUBBY
Attacks on Kashmiri students is a crime against humanity



The senseless attack on security forces in Pulwama, which claimed the precious lives of over 40 security personnel, has put the focus back on the Kashmir issue and the involvement of Pakistan and terrorist organisations operating from that country.

The timing of the unfortunate attack is such that all other issues which were being raised during the run up to the ensuing general elections, like the problem of unemployment, demonetisation, roll out of GST and communalism, have taken a back seat.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has declared that the Army has been given the go ahead for an appropriate response which indicates that some major action is expected to be taken across the international border. His counterpart Imran Khan has threatened that Pakistan would retaliate.

Although all the major political parties have declared that they would not indulge in politics over the issue, the fact is that’s what is being done. It may not have surfaced at the top level yet but junior leaders on all sides are attempting to target rivals for either being "weak” or "ineffective” while they are digging up past records to show others in a poor light.

A most unfortunate fallout of the Pulwama attack is the attempt by a section of people, particularly youth belonging to right wing parties, to take law and order in their hands by attacking or intimidating the Kashmiri students and others. There is no doubt that every nationalist is seething with anger over the attack and would like Pakistan and its allies to be taught a strong lesson but targeting innocent Kashmiris is certainly not the right way to do so. In fact such elements are playing right into the hands of Pakistan and adding fuel to fire.
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Just as we see no logic in terrorists killing innocent and defenseless security personnel, there is no logic in targeting the Kashmiri students who are actually attempting to move out of the troubled valley to seek education and career.
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There have been several reports about Kashmiri students being attacked in the campuses of certain universities and colleges. This is most deplorable. These elements don’t realise that they are inflicting great damage on the nation itself. The Kashmiri youth thus targeted can only be expected to harden their feelings. Even those who do not sympathise with the terrorists may feel humiliated and may keep these adverse feelings in their hearts for the rest of their lives. 

Just as we see no logic in terrorists killing innocent and defenseless security personnel, there is no logic in targeting the Kashmiri students who are actually attempting to move out of the troubled valley to seek education and career. For our neighbours there is nothing better than alienation of more youth and residents of the Kashmir Valley.

Here credit must be given to the managements of gurdwaras which have provided shelter as well as food for such students who were forced to move out of their institutes. Such gestures go a long way in creating goodwill and respect. 

It is good that the central government has issued an advisory to the states to take steps for protection of Kashmiri students but the political leadership of right wing groups must also send out a loud and clear message to their cadres. The main aim of Jaish-e-Mohammad and other such terrorist groups is to damage the social cohesion and unity of the country and such attacks only serve the cause of terrorists and harm that of India. 

While the government must take appropriate action against those trying to intimidate and attack Kashmiri students, onus must also lie on educational institutions and particularly on those heading these institutions to sensitise local students about the need to ensure safety of students from Kashmir. By all means take strict action against one of Kashmiri students who sympathise with the terrorists, but please don’t push the innocents towards that path of self destruction.
 

 

 

(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career.)


 

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