STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kashmir: For whom should your heart bleed?

Published: 27th September 2016 04:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th September 2016 07:59 AM   |  A+A-

m5

The next time you sympathise with the victims of pellet guns used by the CRPF in Kashmir, spare a thought for the security forces in the state. On his feet from 6 am till 8 pm, which sometimes stretches to even 10 pm depending on the mood of the stone pelting mobs, a CRPF trooper’s life is harsh and unforgiving. Away from their families and loved ones, they sleep inside high security barracks, fully camouflaged.

Each day they step out wearing weighty helmets, complete with mesh, get into a truck or bullet proof mobile bunkers, again completely meshed for security, along with their weapons, protective shields and gear.

Ready for another day of practicing “maximum restraint” while battling huge mobs hurling stones, petrol bombs and grenades and sometimes even random gunfire from militants. The media uproar over the use of pellet guns means even that non-lethal option becomes difficult to exercise.

The other option, tear gas, more often than not backfires as the protesters have learnt to pick and throw them back at the forces. In times of peace, they are tasked with connecting hearts with minds.

They distribute cricket kits, badminton racquets and other sports gear besides organising tournaments and matches and even give away cash prizes, just to win the confidence of the young Kashmiri.

In fact, when violent protests broke out after Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing, a badminton court nearing completion near the Eidgah grounds in Srinagar was to be handed by the CRPF to Kashmiri youth.

The violence ensured that it remains incomplete, and all the goodwill generated faded into the dust. Many noted Kashmiris say they have been ‘’living in a cage’’ for more than two months now. But who actually is living in a cage, is it the stone pelting Kashmiris who return home, or the trooper in his protective gear, shuttling between his fortified barracks and the daily battles on the streets?



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp