IF NOT THEY, THEN WHO?
IF NOT THEY, THEN WHO?
A Rejoinder to Geelani Sahib
Picture by Raman Raina
*- Prof. Gopi Kishen Muju
to Hindustan Times on phone a couple of days back (See H.T. Feb. 26,
2008) Mr Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani has said that militants never harmed
Kashmiri Pandits nor would they ever do and accused vested interests
of hatching conspiracy to make Pandits flee the Valley. He has also
pleaded Kashmiri Pandits are our neighbours, our brothers. They must
come back to their villages, towns and cities and live with us as
neighbours as they used to live earlier. .One should not be surprised
to hear Mr. S.A Geelani asking Kashmitri Pandits, the worst victims of
fundamentalism and terrorism in the Valley, to return to Kashmir.
Earlier also he, and some other separatist leaders too, had made
similar statements at times but with a condition and rider that the
returning Kashmiri Pandits must join the on going freedom struggle
and support the cause for self-determination etc. Such utterances are
heard quite often. However while these political non-serious and
superficial rhetoric is expected of such unclear confused minds and can
be just ignored keeping the ground realities in view , one is shocked
and disappointed to hear Mr. Geelani say that the militants did not
harm Kashmiri Pandits. ( and at times some other elements express
similar views though in a low and subdued tone and voice). Can there be
any other lie, falsehood, distortion and fabrication of facts ,and
misperception of events which can go beyond this self deception of Mr.
Geelani. Perhaps he has become too old to think rationally and even
Mr Geelanis clean chit to terrorists that militants did not harm any
Kashmiri Pandits nor would they now harm them one would like to ask
him a simple question. If it was not a terrorist (militant) then who
was it who killed hundreds of innocent Kashmiri Pandits on selective
basis in the late 1989 and early 1990 till the entire community fled
the Valley in panic like frightened pigeons, and then turned the guns
upon those very elements who had given them necessary support. It is
very difficult to mention names of all the Kashmiri Pandits murdered by
these terrorists and the nature of savage brutalities inflicted upon
them during the period but then can Mr. Geelani make it clear to the
people of Kashmir as to who killed Tika lal Taplooo, Nilakanth Ganjoo,
who tied the old Professor Nila Kanth Lalla to a rope and dragged him
behind wheels and killed him, who Killed Sarwanand Premi and his
teenaged son by gogging their eyes, breaking their limbs , cutting
their bodies into pieces in the most inhuman and savage manner and who
killed the telecom engineer Bushan Lal in the rice drum and asked his
wife to stay alive to weep for him, Who sawed the innocent nurse
Sarla., who kidnapped the Choudhry couple in Sopore and killed them; it
is just to mention a few names only If these were not militants who
had the support of people like Geelani at the brehest of Pakistan and
Jamat-Islami then who were they ? If Mr Geelani is not sure about the
culprits he can still ask the surviving terrorists like Yasin Malik, Mr
Javed Ahmad alias Nalka (now both having turned to peace process) and
even Bitta Karate who has confessed to have killed more that forty
innocent Kashmiri Pandits and would have even killed his own mother if
ordered by his top brass. Bitta Karattes first victim was his own
Kashmiri Pandit friend , one Satish Kumar. Will Mr Geelani please take
this much trouble and refresh his memory, which seems to be getting
weaker with age. History can neither be destroyed nor denied.
if it was not a terrorist who killed hundreds of innocent Kashmiri
Pandits, then who wrere responsible for the assassination of Mohd Yusuf
Halwai, Maulvi Farrooq, Maulana Massoodi Abdul Gani Lone, brother of Maulvi
Farooq, Mohd. Shaban (journalist), Maulvi Qazi Nissar ( who killed an
animal on a sacred day of Hindus to provoke a communal flare-up when
slaughtering of animals was banned on this day) and hundreds of other
prominent Muslims and thousands of innocent common Muslim men women and
even children ? Who have committed rapes , resorted to illegal
abductions and forced marriages of kidnapped girls? Will Mr. Geelani
Sahib please ask some saner and rational elements in his own Muslim
community about their own sufferings and exodus, as there are hundreds
of Muslims who too were forced to send their families especially ladies
outside the Valley for safety ,and those living as migrants like
Kashmiri Pandits in secured accommodation provided by the government.
Mr Geelani has touched a very sensitive and delicate wound by stating that militants did not harm Kashmiri Pandits. Kashmiri Pandits are trying to heal up these wounds with patience, understanding, sympathy and love. It is very unfortunate that Mr Geelani and his ilk are so insensitive to humanitarian issues that they see every thing with a motivated political vision. Such elements have to change their perceptions and biased thinking. Mr Geelani please restrain yourself. Mr. Geelani! talking politics is o.k. but do not irritate the open wounds by your irresponsible utterances.
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