‘Your reaction to handling protests is ‘unethical, tragic and wrong’
Srinagar | Launching a tirade on the PDP-BJP government, wife of a senior PDP leader and Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu today asked Mehbooba Mufti led ruling dispensation to “step down” as enough is enough now.
In her Facebook post, Drabu’s wife Roohi Nazki, who has recently returned to Srinagar from foreign and has started a tea-house, Chai Jai, said the government’s response to the mass uprising post the killing of Hizb militant commander Burhan Wani as “immoral, unethical, tragic and wrong”.
Nazki, a highly educated professional, has always been among the first to speak her mind whenever any such crisis unfolded in Kashmir.
Also, Nazki’s post clearly explains the intensity of resentment and frustration against the government’s response to handling of the prevailing mass uprising in Kashmir.
Nazki, also happens to be the first cousin of senior PDP leader Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar and another PDP leader and Revenue Minister Basharat Bukhari.
This is what Nazki has exactly written: “They need to step down so that we can be convinced that every popularly elected government doesn’t necessarily turn into an unresponsive monolith as soon as it is sworn into power. That each successive regime in Kashmir does not have to become indistinguishable from the previous one. That our leaders do not all have to transform into horrific, faceless, and voiceless entities.”
“Their stepping down may not stop the injustice. But that is not all that matters. What matters more is for them to register a protest. To not become complicit by default. To break the silence and the cycle of waiting and watching. To have a conscience and keep it. To uphold truth if not justice”.
She also questioned the government. “…it is wrong, no matter what excuse we are fed, day in and day out”.
“It is immoral, unethical, tragic and wrong. Whatever has been happening in Kashmir over the last 14 days is terribly wrong. The brutal killings of children, the criminal blinding and maiming of protesters, and the shameless suffocating of an entire population is wrong. It is wrong even if it has been happening over the last two decades or so. It is wrong even if there are ‘far too many agencies at work trying to keep Kashmir burning’. It is wrong no matter what excuse we are fed, day in and day out. It is wrong irrespective of who feeds us the excuses, she wrote.
“And it is wrong in the most fundamental, most shameful and the most damning way. For it is the children of Kashmir that are being killed on street corners, by the security forces of our country. Who pump pellets into their young bodies. It is in a democratic nation that a whole population is taken hostage for days on end, without basic amenities, without phones, without newspapers. And it is happening under the watch of a popularly elected government. Yet again!”
She has not stopped there and has further said: “It is wrong, it is unacceptable and it needs rectification. The powers that be need to either step up and stop the wrongdoings. Or they need to step down. I guess they just need to step down,’’ she wrote. “…what matters most is to keep the faith for our future generations. So that they can know the face of truth. Their truth. Our truth. They can do this. And they should”.
(Courtesy The Indian Express)
2015 Kashmir Despatch