Ensure Safety and Security

Ensure Safety and Security
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In a surcharged atmosphere, post the Pulwama attack, many Kashmiris residing or studying across India are feeling the brunt of anger. Sheer atavistic impulses fed by anger and range have come to the fore. This is as unfortunate as can be which has the potential of flaring and turning into something ugly. It amounts to stating the obvious that when people or individuals are not in their respective locales and communities and something insalubrious happens, the threat, real or perceived gets amplified. And, when the overall atmosphere gets surcharged, conditions then become ominous. Partly, or even to a large extent, the electronic media has fed the frenzy by taking recourse to jingoism and an intense discourse against Kashmiris. People are buying this discourse lock , stock and barrel. At this point in time, it may sound like a vain hope and wish for things to settle down given the intensity of emotions generated. But, the condition needs to and must revert to normal. There are thousands of Kashmiris domiciled, resident or studying in many parts of India, for obvious reasons. Limited opportunities in Kashmir, lack of decent higher education institutions, the search for livelihood are among the reasons that make many of Kashmiris move outside. The reasons then are as prosaic as can be but important in their own right. Decency and good sense suggest that Kashmiris outside the region must be made to feel safe and secure. Or, alternatively, if tempers do not cool down in the immediate future, their return home be facilitated. In the entire schemata, it is civil society and other important members of society that must rise to the occasion and help in dissipating the anger against Kashmiris and thereby rendering them safe. Nothing can or ever has been achieved by and through tit for tat violence. The dynamic that inheres in this condition is a lose lose for all. There are other long term , negative effects involved too which leave a legacy that get embedded in peoples’ minds and get transferred across generations. The need of the hour then is, first, for tempers to cool down. The media instead of feeding the frenzy must play a positive role and not stereotype Kashmiris. And, logistically, arrangements must be made for Kashmiris, whether they be students, businesspersons, traders or travelers to return home, the soonest. The situation is fraught , tense and ominous. Let peace and calm prevail.