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Where are we?

The recent Amarnath attack has raised many curious questions we need to answer
Binoo Joshi
Srinagar | Posted : Jul 18 2017 1:33AM | Updated: Jul 17 2017 11:25PM
Where are we?
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There has been a lot of criticism about the things happening in the Valley  particularly after the attack on Amarnath pilgrims on the July 10th night  when terrorists killed seven of them, though they had the intention to kill more. A Gujarati Muslim driver Salim Shaikh frustrated that attempt and he was the hero of the day. Saving lives is one of the  prime  teachings of Islam, where the spilling of blood of innocents is deplored as a crime against humanity. The contrast was there between the attackers and the driver, both  belonging to the same religion.

Kashmir has done its duty  and shown its  contempt for the killers.  The murders were condemned in one voice, showing that the Valley is having zero  tolerance for  the attack on the faith of others. The original Kashmir has leaped up to its feet  from the ruins that it has suffered over the past decades .

It is for the probe agencies to bring out the truth about the attack.  They must make a sincere effort because the past track record in such matters is  far from being  satisfactory.  They have been leap-frogging from one  crisis to the  other  with   a  casual approach. They have blunted their investigating skills because any trace of the perpetrators of the crime involves a lot of  strategic thinking and knowledge of ways to deal with crimes, and a lot of  not to visible action on the ground. The history of such investigations in the past is not so encouraging.

It was not the first time that any violent incident that has shamed Kashmir  took place. And, there is no guarantee that it was the last.  Making  predictions in a conflict situation  is  the job of fools. In Kashmir, there have been many spells when peace looked  adopting  a permanent track  but then everything blew  up in a matter of few hours. Any particular individual or institution cannot control the narrative in Kashmir.  The history is replete with that, and a growing sense that investigations are flawed and never reach any logical conclusion  is a reality.  Some times, it is because of inertia and  on other occasions, it is a deliberate  turning a blind eye  from the real time  investigations. That happens in the conflict situations, where  sincere and serious investigations become casualty of multiplicity of compulsion and pressures. Kashmir is no exception, and it cannot be one.

Today or tomorrow  Kashmir will have to move on  beyond what is happening there for its own sake . New dimensions of conflict have bared themselves in this atmosphere of  mutual suspicion  and contradictions that  the situation has placed before the masses. They are unsure as to what is in store for them. The leadership is in disarray and the new voices of rebellion against the hitherto acknowledged leadership have started making themselves heard. They are trying to change the  nature of the  conflict in the manner they wish to. Combined with this is the ever-haunting  crisscrossing in the minds of the people; they are unsure  of the choice of the direction they  should be making. They see little or no hope from the existing leadership  and the new leadership that is dotting the landscape  is pushing them to  widen the killing field in the Valley. This is time to ponder. The intellectuals and civil society should rise to the occasion because the annihilation of culture, traditions and  human lives  never make  any community or society vibrant. It  should be clear to us.