Srinagar: Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed has asked Kashmiris to remember the lessons learnt from Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest, release and the scenario developing thereafter.
While interacting with people in Nawa Kadal area of Srinagar, Rashid said that though he was not averse to projection of Kanhaiya on the political scene of India, but one needs to remember that whole India stood by him and media and opinion makers created a platform where from he could be seen as youth icon. He said the day Kanhaiya was released like a hero, a 19 year old Ishaq Parray, who had secured 98% marks in 10th class and 92% in 12th class, was “martyred” in Tral.
Rasheed said, “Let New Delhi answer why couldn’t Ishaq and thousands like him become the youth icons? Rashid questioned that who forced them to join underground militant outfits?
Rashid said that Indian state was not only arrogant and unrealistic, but its “unacceptable” stand on Kashmir was forcing youth to take up arms and their energy and intellectual capabilities were going unnoticed and getting destroyed.
“While Kanhaiya and others got a platform from JNU and other universities, student activities are banned in J&K and the so called national media which has been glorifying Kanhaiya, has always tried to portrait Kashmiri youth as terrorists,” Rashid said and added that there is a Kanhaiya in every nook and corner of Kashmir “but the India by its state sponsored oppression is hell bent to prove Kashmir’s every Kanhaiya a terrorist, stone-pelter and anti-national”.