SRINAGAR: The pro-Burhan graffiti that has appeared in numerous places across the Kashmir Valley is being effaced by the state authorities, but more keeps coming up.
At Lal Chowk in Srinagar, graffiti reading ‘Burhan still in our hearts’, ‘Burhan still alive’, ‘Leader of resistance, Burhan’ and ‘Burhan our hero’ has been scribbled over with black ink by the police and paramilitary men.
At SHMS hospital, where most of the injured are being brought in from rural areas, graffiti outside the emergency wing reads, ‘Burhan aap shaheed hue, humein kis ke sahaare chhoda? (Burhan you became a martyr, in whose care did you leave us?).” Two other graffiti in English read, ‘Today we mourn, Lion is no more’ and ‘Burhan always in our heart.’
All the graffiti at Lal Chowk has been effaced by black ink. The SMHS hospital authorities too have erased some of the graffiti but people have rewritten them.
The new graffiti reads: ‘Indian dogs go back, Kashmir banega Pakistan (Kashmir will become Pakistan).’
“The more they crush our movement, the more powerful our movement will become. They effaced the graffiti but we will write it again. How many graffiti can they erase?” one of the youth who wrote graffiti at Lal Chowk said.
Although pro-resistance graffiti dot the Valley, pro-Burhan messages appeared in the backdrop of the government clampdown on internet and mobile phone services. Whenever there is an imminent threat of public unrest in the Valley, strict restrictions on public movement and blockade of internet services are the first strategies the state authorities employ.