Two Funerals in South Kashmir – The Story and The Beyond
We are born; we are to taste death as well. The talk of death gives us some aching feeling. We condemn the death and crave for our safety and the safety of others. This write-up is about the “deaths” that take place in Kashmir every now and then. Let me strongly make my point that “deaths in Kashmir are happening in the most brutal ways”, so why not to call all the dead as victims of conflict.
On 6th May, 2017 at Malpora, five persons were killed. For almost six hours the identification of the slain people was not clear, rather many confusing reports were being circulated on the social networking sites about their identity. Soon the identifications got revealed and it was clear that three of the slain people were civilians, besides a JK Police Official and a Lashker e Toiba Commander. LeT Commander’s last rites were performed in Qoimoh in Kulgam district & Police Officer’s last rites were performed in district police lines, Kulgam. The people of the Kulgam gave tribute to the slain LeT commander by joining his funeral in masses.The children, men, women, young & old were chanting pro-freedom and pro-Pakistani slogans while taking him for the burial.The gunmen who probably were from his cadre appeared in funeral and gave him gun salute. Flags symbolizing Azadi were waved during his funeral. On the other hand, the slain police man was given tribute by men of his department at district police lines, Kulgam. Seniors, juniors, all top brass of the police department joined ceremony. He too was given the gun salute. His dead body was covered with Flag (tri-colour) he stood for. The scene was heartbreaking when his body reached his home.The cries of young, old, women, men and children were all around.
The mourning and the tribute was given to both but by the different people and in a different way. Truth is that mourning is done here for the person whose death is considered as the loss to the institution he belongs to, or the people he is related to. The death of the policeman was loss to the police department and his family, so they mourned and paid him tributes, whereas the people who don’t consider him to be the camp follower of their group hardly were bothered about his death. The death of LeT man was mourned by the community he belonged to, the institution he was part of, or the people whom he fought for and the other side was happy and contended.
The only difference found in the two funerals probably is the way people were eager to get the glimpse of the slain men, whether of the commander or the officer. In the slain police man’s home you would find the cries of the family, and of nears and dears only. The reason is probably the orthodox situation JK police is stuck in. They have to do shelling on their own people. They have to follow the rules and orders to continue their services. They abuse and get abused. They work neck to neck with other forces to quell protests and in anti -millitancy operations. Then, they have to share same society. They have to confront the same people. They do this all for the livelihood and for their families. They do the struggle for their families.
When Indian National Army was formed by Subhash Chandra Bose, it had only 25000 Indians in it, and on the other side there were 25 million Indians in the British Indian Army who fought for Britain the two world wars and made them consolidate their power in India. So, shall we take these 25 million people to be the people who strengthened the occupation? No. They were there to earn for their family. They stood against the occupation. Royal Indian Mutiny is the proof of it that shook the foundation of British rule in India in 1946.
The problem lies in understanding. The problem lies in accommodation. The problem lies in the rigidity of our attitudes and of our minds. We are failing to understand the dynamics of national struggle.
If it’s the killing of all stooges in the hands of India, then why should the small police man only be killed? The big people, the yazeds who make all this happen and plan all these things should have been killed on priority. Why do subaltern get the bullet when they deserve the least.
I don’t stand against the choice of people to stand for some institution but the point is beyond that. And I say, may lord give us the understanding to see the reality and perceive it.
Author is Coordinator at All Jammu and Kashmir Students Union and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Views expressed are personal and not of the organisation he works for.
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