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11th July '2016
The Burhan Tsunami!

Right now entire Kashmir is burning. Virtually so! About twenty people have been shot dead and scores are lying in hospitals after sustaining bullet injuries in security forces’ actions. The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Asgar Hussain Samoon has announced that round-the-clock curfew in entire Valley will continue for some time. But in spite of curfews and deployment of additional forces, the situation refuses to cool down. The young and budding Burhan represented a phenomenon which by his killing, instead of dying down, will geometrically grow. The phenomenon is defiance of oppressive and humiliating authority.

Kashmiris have been oppressed, degraded and humiliated by outsiders for centuries. There have been many uprisings in the past but these were harshly put down. Most of the time, Kashmiris have been following the maxim, “Join them, if you can’t beat them”! They have preferred to remain quiet for their very survival. However, in the history of every nation there comes a time when its young men prefer death to humiliation. Burhan is the latest example of that phenomenon. After having his family humiliated and oppressed umpteen times and losing a brother and many relatives to security forces’ excesses, he decided to take the revenge. The result was the new wave of militancy led by him. He became a symbol and an inspiration to the youth for standing up to oppression instead of living as a humiliated human being. This inspiration is highly infectious and is spreading fast among the new generation.

It has been admitted by top security officials including those of the Army that the local militants these days disproportionately outnumber the foreign militants. The militancy is fast becoming a local phenomenon. Even in the present turmoil a number of police stations have been attacked and arms looted in some cases in the authorities are to be believed. It is also reported that some constables have run away with their weapons. In spite of a total blackout of the Internet and other communication services, the news has spread and entire world is aware of what is unfolding on the ground. The so-called popular leaders have become irrelevant in the present turmoil led by the new generation of Kashmiris born and brought up in the conflict of last two decades. The most difficult movement to suppress is the one led by an inspiration and ideology of a martyr! It needs no leaders but followers only.

In the past, the spark in Kashmir has always ignited fires all over the sub-continent. It is a very precarious and volatile situation. The saner elements not only in the sub-continent but in the entire world need to stand up and take immediate steps to douse the flames by recognizing the existence of the oppression being inflicted on the new generation of Kashmiris. International intervention of the global defenders and protectors of human rights is the only way to arrest the Tsunami. In the alternative, it may ultimately engulf not only the sub-continent but the entire South Asia.

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