SRINAGAR: Civil society group Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS), on Monday deplored the Indian home minister’s “rubbing salt on the raw wounds” of Kashmiris.
“He behaved typically as a colonial lord who is least bothered by the heart-rending carnage his forces have carried out of the unarmed mourners of Burhan Wani….He amply showed that he is only bothered about how to control a passionate and angry resisting populace by any or all means,” KCSDS said in a statement issued here.
The group said that instead of announcing “solid steps” to be taken straightaway to address the political problem and calm down the people, Singh put onus of bringing “peace and normalcy on the victims of state terrorism”.
“What could be a crueler and macabre joke than this,” KCSDS said. “His posturing was nothing new. His power-drunk and supercilious utterances were outrageous to say the least.”
The civil society group called it “the standard response of Delhi” used in all kinds of circumstances emerging since early ‘90s.
“In early ‘90s, India’s machinery came into full swing…to dissuade Kashmiris from the violent path with the promise that the Delhi govt will resolve the issue once Kashmiris would fight politically. Kashmiri youth made a paradigmatic shift to peaceful protests in 2008 but were met with the same brute…In 2010 we were again told that once the situation is normal, the issue would be addressed in its entirety,” it said.
“Today the situation is different. The home minister’s prevarications will not succeed in deceiving the people,” it added.
The KCSDS also thanked all those Indians who have shown solidarity with Kashmiris and also the “saner elements of Indian media” for their coverage of the unrest in Kashmir.