Pulwama attack may be among the single worst attacks in Kashmir militancy, but it was not unexpected.
The previous attacks on armed forces in Pathankot and Uri bases, a series of attacks on Kashmir Police personnel, and the rise of a new breed of armed fighters in Kashmir, make this attack on a CRPF convoy unsurprising.
Blaming Pakistan, or Pakistan based terrorist organisations can be excuses. But they do not answer the question: Why ordinary Kashmiris like Adil Ahmed Dar are willing to die, while trying to kill India’s armed forces in Kashmir?
We list a series of miss-steps Indian Govt and Armed Forces have taken in Kashmir in the last 6 years, that have drastically alienated Kashmir from the rest of India.
- The unlawful disposal of Afzal Guru’s body without handing over to his family.
- The crackdown in 2013-14 (infamously at the behest of NSA M K Narayanan) that introduced widespread questionable practices like the use of slingshots and pellet guns on Kashmiri youth.
- The repeated denial of civil liberties, including disruption of internet services.
- When Major Gogoi of the Indian Army was found tying a citizen to the bonnet of a jeep and using him as a human shield, Indian Army at the highest levels responded to his cowardice by conferring an award on him, rather than dismissing him service and sending him to a long prison sentence. He was later found to be sleeping with a Kashmiri woman while on duty.
- A trivial matter in NIT Srinagar over raising Indian Flag, was used to humiliate Kashmiri sentiments for the benefit of ABVP influenced ‘students’ from other parts of India, who should instead be focusing on their studies.
- Despicable politicisation and publicity for a routine cross border operation by Armed Forces, in the aftermath of the Uri base attack.
- Provocative attempts to repeal Section 35 A.
- Not conducting the Anantnag Loksabha bye-poll for many years.
- Shocking support of BJP Ministers in the J&K Government for child rapists, who brutalised a little girl Asifa for many days in a temple premise, and discarded her body to create communal trouble in Kathua.
- Appointment of an unqualified and partisan man like Mr. Satyapal Malik as the Governor.
- A sham of an election to Local bodies that was boycotted by both National Conference and People’s Democratic Party.
- Dissolving the Assembly instead of allowing Kashmiri legislators to form an elected govt.
Given the series of mis-steps in Kashmir, is it any surprise that even moderate voices like Mr. Omar Abdullah, and Mr. Shah Faisal are disillusioned with the Indian Govt?
It is time for Indian Govt and Armed Forces to reflect on their own behaviour than blaming Pakistan and further disturbing peace in the region.