Imagine there had been a rape in Delhi. Imagine the headlines in the papers. They would have been loud and angry. As they are, and as they must be. Do you think any of the papers would have said that the woman in question has ‘accused’ or ‘alleged’ who the perpetrator was? But there has been a rape in Kashmir and your media wants you to know that a woman has ‘accused’ an army jawan of having done so. Journalistic restrain and caution are good things when they are useful. After all, let an inquiry establish this is the truth.
The truth? Ha! We know what this is in Kashmir. Kashmir, you see, is so “complex” an issue… India’s “mistakes” in Kashmir have been exploited by the evil Islamists, the terrorists who hate democracy, the Pakistanis who don’t like Kashmir as a symbol of Indian secularism!
In Kahsmir another reality will play out, one the Delhi media will ignore until it blows up, which it may or may not. There will be protests and strikes and stone-pelting and these will be crushed by shooting 13 year old boys in the head.
We will then debate such atrocities by the state. We will come to a conclusion, aided by what intelligence sources will tell stenographers-posing-as-journalists, that the protests are planned and paid for by Pakistan.
Geelani will be put under house arrest for the 683rd time in his life, “intellectuals” will start quoting from Yoginder Sikand’s review of his books to show what a bigot he is, and given that he is a bigot we cannot support the Kulgam woman’s right to justice. Why should she get justice? Was she a model in Delhi? Was she a Punjabi like Jessica Lal or a Kashmiri Pandit like Priyadarshini Mattoo?
Those who don’t kiss the Indian flag five times a day don’t deserve justice or rights. They deserve occupation.
Thereafter there will be calls for “peace” and “normalcy”; the arbiters of such “peace” and “normalcy” (who conference and seminar for it all the time) will tell us of the “complexity” of the Kashmir problem, print reports and distribute them. Those who will go to Kashmir to record stories from the ground, stories that the media has been manipulated or prevented from telling, such people will be returned to Delhi from the airports; or allowed and followed; or at the very least told that they are being watched.
How can we assume the woman is not lying? Don’t we know that the women of Kunan Poshpura had lied they had all been raped? After all, our brave journalists trudged all the way there to establish this.
The first thing you need to know to understand the “complex” conflict in Kashmir is this: The Kashmiri is always a liar, the Indian always as true as the word of god.
Azadi? Oh yes, the “separatists” (those green-horned Islamic fundoos who hold poor Kashmiris to ransom and who prefer terrorism to tourism) will exploit the rape of a woman to say they want azadi. But Kashmir can’t get azadi because the non-Kashmiri Hindu maharaja of the colonially created state of Jammu and Kashmir signed the territory away to the Union of India which thus earned the right to send its army and rape the erstwhile Maharaja’s subjects at will, with impunity and without punishment. Kashmir can’t be a nation-state, sorry, because we are against nation-states. Because we are a great nation populated mostly by tolerant, peace-loving Hindus who like democracy better than an Islamic fundocracy where Syed Ali Shah Geelani gets to decide who can consume alcohol. Because we kill Muslims rather than Kashmiri Pandits.
And that is why the woman in Kulgam can’t get justice either. How can we send a brave army jawan to jail? The Army has saved Kashmir for us, saves it every day, wouldn’t it hurt their morale and send out a bad signal in the rank and file that they can’t even rape a terrorist’s daughter? Ha! Such are the “complexities” of Kashmir. If only Nehru understood them he wouldn’t have moved his ass to the United Nations…
Meanwhile, get ready to ignore the next killing or rape in Kashmir. This is how it goes, this is how it goes.
Update: So the Indian Army has let it be known that while it is co-operating with investigations (we’re grateful, sir) the charges may have been levelled to defame the force and disturb peace! Even before I read this report I knew it was about Others disturbing peace!