Let peace prevail at NIT

Let peace prevail at NIT

Those who criticize others for myriad reasons often expose themselves for what they really are. Supporting or cheering a “non-entity” doesn’t invite an assault or attack.
Think of how it all started: from a cricket match—India against West Indies.
What followed was to my mind was a stunningly embarrassing display violent mindsets.
As students who rub each other’s shoulders or share a desk with another who may not believe in what the other does the recent events surrounding the NIT Srinagar sould be distressing to say the least. Not to forget the spineless supporters on twitter calling such behaviour courageous, like for example Anupaam Kher etc,. Is that what can make anyone proud?
Let’s step back from politics and actually ask ourselves how did it become about India and Pakistan. When India wins a match of cricket don’t you all drink and dine? Actually how do you do that in hostels? Aren’t sentiments hurt that time? Is that acceptable by the college authorities? By hoisting the Indian flag and chanting the hegemonic slogans they themselves have drawn a boundary. We, Kashmiri students never objected to your celebrations of  India’s win, be it against Pakistan or West Indies. And, don’t forget, we will never object in future also.
The students who were hurt brutally on March 3 weren’t paid any heed to. But such treatment of Kashmiris has become passé, I must confess it. We were bullied, a minority we are at the NIT! And, it is something that has become so normalized that it doesn’t register anywhere anymore.
Now, are we supposed to call it a civilized way of venting out anger by destroying the property of the very institute they ostensibly are now so agitated about for employing more local staff? What must we call it when these NITians bruised the same teachers who taught them, the students with whom they study theories and theorems?
Sorry I don’t subscribe to this kind of civilization, and I don’t want to be part of it either. Does it qualify them to be future professionals, I ask.
I worry, in fact, for most of my fraternity. Really, can certain narratives dumb someone down to this level? The noted institution appeared dancing to some distant tune when a majority bullies a minority student population which has never been anything but just students who don’t hide their political feelings. Let me tell these students, for whom we, Kashmiri students, have respect as fellow students, that we won’t attack you as you did.
Our culture and civilization don’t allow us to behave in such inhuman way. I must remind you, dear fellow students that your culture also doesn’t allow you to behave like you have just done. Only if you could think clearly and resist being used and manipulated by diabolical interests!
The March 31 night was a nightmare for a Kashmiri in Kashmir, even amid a majority of our own, locals as we are called we felt scared.
Faculty members were attacked while they tried to calm the non local students. You have every right to protest, for which we all support you, but not if it means violence against us, the locals, or anyone for that matter.
Respect for your act of raising the tricolor should not be deemed as a default given the political meanings it carries in a disputed area. Your behavior should command the respect you expect others to give you. It is possible to undertake dignified student politics.
It’s not that people you share the campus with are not sensitive and able to feel, who haven’t lost their sense of dignity, and who aren’t for sale. Alas! The outstation students forgot the time when they were wandering, forgotten in the midst of nowhere at the time when floods left them high and dry in 2014.
Dear fellow students you have every right to exist and not feel powerless and isolated in the present day situation.  I hope you will let peace prevail on the campus where you and I feel equally secure and respected. I invite you be partners in our educational pursuits.

—The writer preferring anonymity is a student in NIT Srinagar

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