The Stone Pelter; The raison d'etre for violence in Kashmir
By now, you must have added this to the list of weirdest jobs. You need no education or seed investment, get paid in cash, get respect from some quarters at least, stay active and in shape, are part of a growing community and most importantly (at least till recently) do not get charged with any cognizable offence. Funny, isn’t it? It will not be so as you read on. For starters, let us take the glamour out of this job and know that it is one of the oldest professions in the world. Even in Roman times, there were jobs for slingers because the Romans had made the sling an essential part of their military strategy, as stones could be more effective in distance and damage than an arrow. By catching them early, the militarists would create armies of youth who could accurately throw stones up to a pound in weight to a distance of 200 meters or so. Children - slingers-in-training would be required to kill to eat. That would teach them fast.
So now you know that stone throwing is not as harmless as you might think. In certain countries, death by stone throwing is still a form of punishment. A person who is in the line of stones being thrown by professionally trained youth is staring at grievous injury and even death from a “good” shot. Mostly, the person who is in line of these stones is the person who took the job of defender of people instead of being a stone pelter. He knows that among the stone pelters would also be lurking a person with an AK-47, a hand grenade or another bomb. He has been equipped with a gun himself along with an order to practice deep restraint. He does think about his young family at home as he dodges being the target of a stone, bullet or bomb. You put him in this fiery cocktail situation and hold him seriously accountable if an unfortunate event occurs. And they put the youth in this situation and do not hold themselves or the youth accountable to anything! There is no romance in this situation, only tragedy. So wake up everybody.
It is reasonably well known that the paymasters of the stone pelters are from a conglomerate of separatist outfits. They are in turn funded directly by foreign intelligence agencies and religious states and indirectly by the Government of India. “Religious states and foreign intelligence agencies we understand but the Government of India!” you ask? Yes, the Government of India, which pumps in thousands of crores of Rupees as aid to the state government without assigning responsibility. A good chunk of that money goes to buy peace with the big trouble makers and is spent in some garb or the other; Government jobs that pay but do not demand services or office presence, construction contracts to build bridges to nowhere, in the name of security for the common folk, to provide Z class (highest level) security to the separatists… and the list goes on. From the big trouble makers, it goes to the armies of stone pelters and gunmen, among others. The children of these big trouble maker paymasters have modern education, travel the globe and live well. The Jihadi lifestyle, they have reserved for the common man.
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a well written expressions Arun ajay
Added By ajay sumbly
Thought provoking and must read article. Sanjay
Added By sanjay kaul
Well written and nicely explained article. Chandra
Added By Chandra Ganju
The Government has to act in a straightforward manner now and deal with blackmail tactics appropriately. Regarding media, they need to revamp Doordarshan and All India Radio to make them more contemporary with much better programming and production quality. They also need to have a clear policy and reach out through the media.
Added By Deepak Ganju
Media which has foreign interests should be watched closely and access to sensitive areas and topics must be curtailed fro them. It is time for large and real Indian businesses to invest in media companies or promote new ones. Isolate the ones who are dictated by foreign powers and money.
Added By Deepak Ganju
Article on stone pelters is nice analysis. The real reason being to prevent KP's from returning to their roots. With Govt announcing some employement the vested interests have been sucessful to create trouble in valley. One wonders why every summer since last three years there is trouble in valley? This is a small part of larger scheme. This time round "they " don't want us to return unlike in past. So beware.
Added By Chander Mohan
Correct and true genesis of"Kani Jung"stone war that is a perfect war act of attack by ambush utilized by professional goons under cover of protests.It is maiming and lethal at times and leaves victim no chance to defend and escape.And yet no human rights violations.The irony of Indian State.
Added By pushkar ganjoo
Apparently a weird subject to deal with. But the treatment given to it is simply superb. Arun's remarkable write-up very convincingly explains "the raison d'etre for violence in Kashmir."
Added By Gopinath Raina
Every single sentence is true to its word ! But, does anyone listen.....not us but those who should .... very true, that they don't want us to return anymore....we can go on a pilgrimage but not any further....
Added By Sanjay Suri
Dear Sir I am afraid you are completely biased even though there may be speck of truth in what you say. As Arundhati Roy said, India needs as much freedom from Kashmir as Kashmir does.
Added By Bilal Shah
100% true.. our own govt. is responsible for all the trouble in Kashmir. I cannot believe that a nation as big as India does not have capability to eradicate terrorism out of its own country. There is no will to do so as it will upset the muslim vote bank.
Added By VISHAL KAUL
you kashmiri pundit....does your mother tell you all these stories... you guys never lived truthful lives..you will suffer till u are burnt down
Added By Kashmiri kashmir