II: Chapter 7
AGAIN INVITED - PARADOXICAL
say that public memory is short-lived, but there are stupendous disasters
which cannot be easily forgotten. As per the consensual estimate of historians,
the Afghan tenure of rule in Kashmir was a total disaster and all hues
of people especially the Muslim majority rued the day when two Muslim leaders
had invited the Afghans to annex Kashmir to Kabul. They are said to have
groaned and smarted under the barbarous rule of Afghans and yearned for
the times when they would be redempted from their oppression and ferocity.
Despite the experience being bitter and awesome, the Muslims by and large
bloomed with elation when a new nexus with the Afghans though for a different
ball game was forged by the Muslim outfits operating under dubious nomenclatures
with open-ended patronage from ISI of Pakistan that has been feeding and
funding terrorism in Punjab and Kashmir. It is after due deliberations
that the strategists across the borders inducted and are inducting the
Afghans said to be war-hardened into the secessionist ranks. The twin motives
behind this move are to add more teeth to the on-going terrorism and assure
the Kashmiri Muslims that they are not alone in the crusade against India
and Kashmiri Pandits. The nexus though evolved in stealth is an open secret
known to all levels and shades of Muslim opinion.
is a guide, there should have been a strong resistance to the move, but
there was no protest, loud or subdued, not even a murmur of resentment.
Instead all cells of Muslim intellectuals operating in every house and
office, factory and field, hospital and school endorsed the correctness
of the measure as it was deemed to quicken the processes of redemption
from the Indian hegemony. What is surprising that the historical wrongs
and indignities that the Afghans had perpetrated on 'the garden of eternal
beauty' and the populace inhabiting it were conveniently bypassed and forgotten.
That they had reduced them to dismal poverty and abysmal illiteracy and
had launched wanton assaults on their moral fibre were not considered for
due thought and deliberations. What cements their bonds with the Afghans
is the war that they have launched against Pandits as the branded enemies
of Islam and political linkages with India though voluntarily forged.
in perception was brought about by the protracted war that the Afghans
fought against Soviet Russia which was maligned for spearheading the godless
philosophy of communism. The war that had all the ingredients of crusade
was blatantly fuelled and fed by the lethal weapons and bags of money funnelled
by America through Pakistan. The final discomfiture and fall of Soviet
structure was hailed and celebrated as an enormous victory for Islam. The
Khomeini brand of revolution plus the Soviet collapse inflamed the fundamentalist
Muslims and their crowds of supporters with pride and passion. The Islamic
organisations that have proliferated and mush-roomed like vicious weeds
with lavish patronage through tonnes of money from a number of Muslim countries
have widely set afloat and disseminated the thesis of restoration of caliphate
(though consigned to the dustbin of history) from Kashmir and central Asia
to the shores of ATLANTIC OCEAN. The thesis as such dyed in deep green
appeared mesmerising, viable and within the realms of possibility with
the sudden, cracking and crumbling of political and administrative edifice
in Kashmir and hounding our of the entire native tribe of Kashmiri Pandits
deemed as a vital support -plank for the Indian presence in Kashmir.
have been perceived through the prism of the same thesis of re-emergence
and re-vitalisation of Islam regaining its old glory. For the Muslim masses
with few exceptions who do not make a summer, they have ceased to be the
hated people tagged as butchers, kakad khans-foolish and low in understanding,
sodomites and rapists and in actual estimation their stock has incredibly
notched up. They are now warmly and Jubilantly hailed as the soldiers of
Islam, Mujjahids and Ghazis fighting and battling for the holy cause of
Islamic religion and extirpating infidelity and as operatives on Kashmir
soil working to the end of redempting and freeing Muslim millions frown
the imaginary tyrannies of infidels and heathens and materialising the
dream of independence, annexation to Pakistan and Nizam-e-Mustafa. A real
big task in the service of Islam by all standards.
With this remarkable
change in perception the Afghans have been harboured and welcomed with
open arms. They are free to intrude upon the privacy of men and women.
They are fed on beef and other protein rich foods. The Kashmiris present
on the scene are said to have added startling records to the domain of
hospitality by not closing their doors at the fall
of dark nights. The houses as fortresses with doors and windows shut and
barred is a bygone tale. The Afghan Mujjahids are accompanied by other
brands of Mujjahids hailing from Yemen, Saudi Arbia, Sudan, Libya and Algeria.
Poems of praise and appreciation have been sung and woven around them.
Akbar Bhai, Jamal Bhai and Bomber Khan et alhave
resorted to large scale letchery (please consult their rape records) and
are objects of extreme veneration as they arc deemed to liberate Kashmir
from the clutches of Indian security forces and ushering in a new era for
Islam and if and when killed in encounters or hide-outs, their burials
are largely attended. People opine that it could be out of moral obligation.
But it could not be for guys who have cruelly flouted and trampled upon
common place text-book morals and other acceptable canons allied to them.
For the votaries of Kashmiriat, all brands of Muslims with whatever credentials,
stock and hue even though they vitiate the very spirit of it are acceptable
no matter what the price be. After all it has the sanction of the mullah
and the mosque.
and other Muslim mercenaries drawn from various Muslim countries where
they are considered as sources of great nuisance and trouble and are outcasts
have been invited and inducted into Kashmir and to everybody's sorrow and
dismay have found their unstinted and volatile supporters, who have succeeded
in creating a climate of opinion m their favour by extolling their virtues
as soldiers of Islam and their unmitigated devotion to the cause of Jehad.
What is missed that they only camouflage as crusaders, but actually are
in hot pursuit of letchery, sodomy and rape.
There is the
standing testimony of a surrendered hardcore terrorist Tariq Hussain alias
Turkey who has unambiguously revealed that the most alluring factor for
the Afghan and Pakistani militants to sneak into Kashmir was the lust for
beautiful girls. He named a Pakistani terrorist who violated the chastity
of 19-year old Zarina and made off with her to Pakistan as a prime catch.
He disclosed that dishonouring of Kashmiri women was the essential cause
for the local terrorists to drift away from foreign militants.
who had pawned his soul to the demon of Muslim bigotry has concealed the
abominable treatment meted out to Kashmiri Pandit women by the terrorists
of local variety. Girija, a poor lab-assistant in a school, was gang-raped
and chopped into two halves on a sawing-machine, a barbarity that can cause
a shiver to class savages. In reality, the terrorists of local brand and
of Afghan and Pakistani make are on the same wavelength and own descent
to the same tradition and inheritance of acquired barbarity They have out-heroded
one another in the perpetration of brutalities and cruelties on the innocent
victims harbouring a diverse faith and in the process have notched up amazing
records. Every time when crusade with its bag full of cruelties and atrocities
is launched against the Kashmiri Pandits, the likes of Turkey are in the
lead role. In 1931, the crusades against the Maharaja ended in the blatant
loot and murder of Pandits and 1931 had its own quota of Turkeys. The crusade
of 1947 was lost in the pools and puddles of loot, murder, arson and rape
and the local Turkeys did not lag behind. The crusade of 1989 variety unleashed
with the hurricane fury in the name of Independence and annexation to Pakistan
with Nizam-e-Mustafa as its lone-star was led by Turkeys who have put up
a sign inscribed with loot, murder, arson and rape of Kashmiri Hindus mesmerising
all to rally and to the knowledge of all, all have rallied for the unholy-holy
of militancy, yet persevering, in his heart of hearts convinced of its
futility, yet duplicitous, a JKLF activist, said to be an ideologue, camouflaging
his identity under a thickly grown beard, sat quietly sipping a drink in
the company of his comrades at a bar in Jammu. Suddenly leaving his seat
with the brimming glass in his hand, he stridently headed towards a Kashmiri
Pandit, perhaps his old acquaintance, also busily boozing and insisted
on him to join him at the table. The Pandit grew suspicious and equivocated
for a while, but somehow out of courtesy, a hall-mark of a Pandit, accompanied
him to the table. Quite knowledgeable about Kashmir affairs, the Pandit
broke the ice by asking him the latest about Kashmir and its future. The
activist resorting to fanfaronade, a trait Muslims have honed into a skill
with the on-set of terrorism, shot straight that Kashmir is lost to Pandits
in exile for 7 years, it was hard for the Pandit to swallow it. Fiddling
with his glass, he first asked as to how it was lost when the gun-wielding
Mujahids have not captured an inch of Kashmir soil for 'Independent-Kashmir'.
With four larges in his tummy, the activist fully pepped up informed the
Pandit in all exuberance that the Afghans have taken over the crusade against
India and he should know that they put up a valiant battle against Soviet
Russia and forced its withdrawal from the Muslim soil of Afghanistan and
India by all standards a weak, poor and internally riven state is unable
to withstand the thrust and fury of Afghan onslaught.
did not stop there. Forgetting that he was carousing in a bar, he flusteringly
stood up and painted an Afghan as a war-steeled soldier with Allah on his
lips, two deadly Klashnikovs in his two hands, and a brick in his bag dangling
from his shoulder.
What is this
brick in his bag for? Asked the Pandit in absolute astonishment.
The JKLF activist
now lost as he was gulping at a furious rate explained to the Pandit, "With
the brick under his head, he sleeps in the open."
felt his condition and satisfied the Afghan in the activist by telling
him that war is won and liberation is achieved.