8th July Burhan Day: When bullets were rained on protestors
Before discussing the role of Burhan Wani in the resistance movement, it would be in the fitness of things to furnish a brief outline regarding the formation of Jammu & Kashmir State. The state is well-nigh a mountainous region and the geo-political position of the state is at variance with the other states of the India. It consists of three distinct geographical units i.e. Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. The state covers an area of about 84,471 sq. miles. As it’s believed, the state was created by the British government in 1846. Till 1846 Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were separate and distinct areas reigned by different rulers. In 1819, Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab invaded Kashmir. In 1808 Jammu was annexed to the Sikh territory. In 1834 Raja Gulab Singh, the ruler of Jammu, sent Zorawar Singh with a force of about 800-1100 to conquer Ladakh and consequently Gulab singh became Raja of Ladakh as well.
Now let us shift our focus to the modern history of Jammu and Kashmir. It started from the signing of Instrument of Accession by Hari Singh, the last dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, and at the same time, we can’t ignore the role played by the Poonch uprising that preceded the entry of tribals into the state of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947, otherwise it was decided by the British government that the princely state of the whole India have their rights, whether to join India, Pakistan or remain independent; and the state of Jammu and Kashmir slipped into the arms of India through the instrument of accession. But it should be remembered that the first Prime Minister of India had frequently promised the plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir yet it did not happen and it is in this chief ugly betrayal that the rise of “BURHAN WANI” could be seen.
Burhan wani was born in Dadsara village of Tral. He left his home and became a militant on 16th October in the year 2010 at the age of 15. It is widely believed that a sort of confrontation with security force where they beat him along with his brother Khalid Muzzafar wani gave birth to this young rebel who later became a poster boy of Kashmir. Burhan wani was killed on 8th July along with his two comrades by the Indian forces at Kokernag Islamabad known for his dexterity in giving the resistance a new look. He was the first rebel who utilised social networking sites to implicitly persuade the youth into joining the militant ranks. Burhan lived about 6 years after joining militant ranks but in those six years he gained a vast multitude of sympathisers. The Indian express report and the reports from local media mentioned that he was militant without firing a single shot. Burhan had a vast network of Over Ground Workers who were always at his back. They did not only provide him information but were assigned different works, like funding, providing meals, buying weapons etc. Before joining militancy no one knew Burhan, but as his first picture appeared on the internet with two AK-47 rifles in his two hands and few grenades, he fetched a massive attention. Burhan became the first rebel from Kashmir who was discussed in the United Nations.
The prayer in absentia for Burhan was offered not only in Kashmir valley but also in Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan and many other countries as well. It has been 70 years since Indian state started trampling upon the wishes and rights of Kashmiri masses. Throughout these years Kashmir is bleeding from corner to corner, and India hasn’t shown any kind of sympathy, respect, affection, care; inside and outside to Kashmir and also for Kashmiri’s. All they have done and are still doing is just committing gruesome atrocities here.
The concept of India being a democratic country remains a pure myth. The Pradhan-Mantri of the world’s largest democratic country, Narendra Modi (NAMO) is ruling the whole India without any coalition government. He innovated the concept of digital India but Kashmir hardly seems to be the part; whether of this digital world or global village. People living outside Kashmir relish the era of digital world but people living inside kashmir still dream about new media age.
It was late Mufti Sayed (May He get his deserts as per his deeds) who stitched coalition with BJP, a party deriving its sustenance from ideology of RSS. When Bamdoora happened, on 8th July 2016 the whole Kashmir marched on the highways raising slogans against India. An innocent, unarmed group of civilians were mercilessly fired by the Indian troops. From that till now we again lost around 685 precious lives of civilians and rebels, and more than 15000 were injured, 1000 of civilians were blinded by using pellet guns, around 16000 were put behind bars and 500 houses were destroyed.
It is conspicuously clear that there is just a naked reign of terror flourishing. But people continue to resist. From the last 70-years and even during the period of cruel Maharaja rule there is no year that passed without uprising. Every year people generate impulse and sacrifice precious lives and property. As it is rightly said, ‘’no dream can be accomplished without any sacrifice, efforts and passion”, and people are sacrificing lives, dreams, property, children, youngsters, elders for this cause i.e. right to self-determination. Now it is a moral responsibility of leaders to take this movement to its logical conclusion.
Remembering 8th July as Burhan-Day would not heal injuries but remembering each and every day will make dream come true if God wishes!
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