[Reader-list] More on little kashmiri boys

Junaid justjunaid at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 08:25:03 IST 2010

A brief addition to our little conversation:



On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 10:14 AM, Junaid <justjunaid at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Sonia,
> Thanks for sending in Ahmed Ali Fayaz's interesting report on "Bacha
> Khour" gang. It surely does complicate our understanding of how
> "stone-pelters" have  developed multiple connections. At 12 and 13
> years' of age these hardened criminals seem to be quite savvy and
> entrepreneurial, enough to play around with the politicians, the
> police, the separatists, and even the CM! These ruffians with very
> terrifying names: Meena Kumari, Itchguard, the lowest of the urchins,
> seem to have suddenly become a pain for all the above grandees, but
> above all to the "silent majority," the "99 percent of the
> population--which according to the article is constituted by an
> "influential businessmen", " a "trader" and the "Beopar Mandal
> president"--who is also a "Jammati-Islami rakun."
> It is surprising that the silent majority of old town Baramulla was on
> the streets not too long ago. In the protests against Amarnath land
> grab, old town Baramulla's silent majority was the first one to come
> out to protest. The first major rally started from there. More than
> 60000 people from Old Town and adjoining villages came out for the
> "Muzzafarabad Chalo" march. It was people from this place who were
> killed, around 5 of them, when Indian troops fired at the rally in
> Sangrama, which also killed Hurriyat leader Sheikh Aziz. Overall,
> since 2008 around 20 people have been killed in the town by the CRPF,
> and one by the "bacha khour" stone-pelters. The unfortunate death of
> Irfan is uncondonable and those responsible should be brought to
> book--yet in all likelihood it looks like it was accidental, if you
> heard what the mother had to say.
> Accident or whatever, it was cruel. There are only very few deaths and
> injuries in Kashmir that evoke "aahs" and "uffs" of our Dilliwala
> bleeding-hearts or stir media houses into a frenzy to sip to the last
> dregs "tragic human stories" (which, for them, are actually feel-good
> stories--"well, see, we are not the only ones doing the
> killings"--even if we do most of them!). So, I am not surprised about
> the media "reaction" to Irfan's death. It is the same media which just
> celebrated CBI's criminal report on Shopian rape case. There is a fine
> line between objectivity and nationalism, and Indian media is not only
> unaware of it, but has placed itself at the unethical end of
> right-wing nationalism.
> Old town Baramulla has always defied government control and it is not
> a new  feature. These old towns and the downtowns are the working
> class hubs in the Kashmir valley, but they are also centers for
> small-scale artisans, who don't care about government jobs.
> Businessmen, really, do not form the silent majority there.
> Geelani sahab and his Islamist followers are worried that these
> stone-pelters are on their own, that they don't listen to them. Which
> is kind of the opposite of what he wanted at the Eid Gah rally in
> 2008, where in front of a million people he claimed to be the sole
> leader of Kashmiris, amid boos and eewws.
> I understand that your earnestness in posting these news-reports is in
> good faith, and it is not a feel-good thing for you. I, like you, hope
> that those who were involved are punished.
> Junaid

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