They say, ‘Kashmir is like the crown on the head of India.’
Then why is this crown being pushed off to fall?
Why is the ‘head’ of India being hit by its own people?
Today, I heard of my cousin’s grandfather being hit by these pellets shot by the forces. Until now, I used to write of other families who are suffering from injuries and deaths of dear ones. Now, it is one of my own families.
According to Firstpost.com, ‘A pellet, made of small metal — usually aluminum — balls, when fired from a short-range pellet gun, can pierce into the body of a person and can cause damage to his or her internal organs or face including eyes.’
According to The Indian Express, ‘One cartridge of a pellet gun contains a few hundred pellets which resemble ball bearings. The moment it is fired, the cartridge bursts and immediately throws hundreds of pellet from a single point.’
The pellet guns used by the army in Kashmir are terrific, and obviously can cause (say, ARE CAUSING) horrendous damage.
Look at the pictures below, believe me, it took me a really high amount of courage to find them, view them, and upload them. (Warning: Sensitive content ahead)
These are still an understatement. I have still uploaded only the most basic pictures. If you are strong enough to withstand more gruesome reality, then please surf the Internet and see for yourself. You will be shocked at the brutality that the civilians in Kashmir are facing in their day to day lives.
I agree, the agitation shown by some Kashmiri people towards India is a bit too much (Note- only by SOME people, not all). But then, there is a way to deal with conflicts, to overcome clashes and disagreements! The Army cannot and should not use such lethal weapons against the common people in lieu of their protests. There must be other, little more milder ways to control the crowd. Furthermore, it is not only about the actual criminals- The civilians are having to face the brunt of the evildoing committed by a bunch of tyrants.
The Army was positioned in Kashmir to protect the Valley from going into ruins, to protect its people. One cannot expect being killed by the very forces which are supposed to protect them!
Let me make it clear- I do not support violence by any means, nor do I want to be called pro-Pakistan.
My heart bleeds for my people, and I don’t think it is wrong to bring out their plight to the world.
Sitting in a far-off land, I read news daily about the occurrences in my land, my Kashmir.
I see pictures of heavily injured men, mourning women and wailing kids. I might as well turn the page over or then flip the TV channel showing these news/pictures, but tell me, how do I turn my face from the reality? How can I do this? How can you do this? How can anybody do this?
This oppression, this torture needs to end. If India is actually serious about re-establishing a place in the hearts of Kashmiri people; if India genuinely wants to soothe the past wounds on Kashmir, or then atleast for the sake of retaining the Kashmir Valley in its political territory, India must really put an end to these tormenting practices, these deadly weapons, these immoral actions. Otherwise the crown on India would fall, and with that fall the entire base of democracy and peace in India. Eventually, the wave of violence would only rise higher and higher, ultimately enveloping the entire country, and that, Khudaaya would be catastrophe.