Kashmir (still) Burns
I read a touching post yesterday by a sister remembering her brother who died fighting terrorists in Kashmir.
“J&K: 2 majors, 9 infiltrators killed
How many times have you and I read headlines like these in the last so many years and not given it a second thought? It seems like there is one such headline every few days and all we can do is shake our head in disdain and move on to the next headline. But today, I can’t move on, much as I try. Because Major Dinesh R Raman of 34 Rashtriya Rifles who succumbed to his injuries last night in a Srinagar hospital was my brother. ”
Even in death, his only concern was getting the militants.
“Don’t let any militant escape,” these were the last words of Major D Raghuraman when he was air-lifted from the gun-battle spot in North Kashmir after being hit by a bullet in the chest. (link)
All this for what? How many more people have to die fighting this enemy that just keeps coming at them? New Delhi and Islamabad talk of peace initiatives while everyday people are getting killed in the heaven on earth that wasn’t to be. When is this violence going to end?
Then i came across this news clip about the growing number of Kashmiri people committing suicides. Included was the shocking cctv footage of a man parking his scooter on Amirakdal bridge in Srinagar, and jumping off to his death in the Jhelum.
“Suicide attempts are being reported almost on a daily basis.” “300 people attempted suicide in the past 6 months”
Is a piece of land worth the thousands of bodies lying all over the Kashmir valley?
Call me naive, but i cannot understand how anybody can stand to gain by killing another person? When so many people die for no fault of theirs, no one wins. Who loses? Humanity.