Srinagar: A stone is a stone, but when it flies between a young Kashmiri and a security personnel in Kashmir, it becomes a political statement. Kashmir is back to square one; green flags and loudspeakers playing “Azadi and Jihadi eulogies” has become order of the day.
But this stone war is not new to Kashmir. It has roots back to 1947.
Senior pro-freedom leader and the first among the few who crossed over to Pakistan to pick up the gun, Javaid Ahmed Mir recalls how like the slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani, he along with his other colleagues picked up the gun, when the government of India didn’t understand their stone war.
He said he was himself a hardcore stone pelter before taking to armed struggle.
“In 1979, when I entered into the freedom movement, I was a hardcore stone pelter. Stone pelting is nothing now. These stones are not just stones, but carry a political voice, which government of India has never understood,” Mir said.
He said whenever Al-Fatah movement or the Moi-Muqadas like movements occurred in Kashmir; people would always resort to stone pelting, as this remained the only available tool with the “oppressed people like us” to give vent to their feelings.
“Stone was always there before armed struggle. Neither stone pelting nor our political struggle was ever understood by India. I was also a stone pelter from 1979 to 1987 before we picked up the gun along with Yasin Malik, Hameed Sheikh, Ashfaq Majeed and several others,” Mir recalled.
He said when the occupied has nothing, then stone is there as the only tool to give vent to the anger and rebellion against the occupation. “The Intifada we are seeing in Palestine for decades now.”
He said Government of India must understand that weapon in 1989 had emerged out of this stone.
“No voice or thought was every understood. The great intellectuals and Human rights activists from India and outside India in 1991 had approached us even the parliamentarians of the European Union to start a political movement. They had assured to help us. But government never understood this stone war now,” he said.
Mir added that against these stones, Kashmiris are receiving the bullets.
“Burhan was also a stone pelter. What made him Burhan? I have visited across Kashmir and found all the stone pelters highly educated people with double MAs, engineers, computer engineers and others. Police have raided their houses and at many places i found police have burnt their certificates,” he said.
The founder member of the armed rebellion said the present wave of militancy has no support from Sarhad Paar (across the border). “This stone pelter of the present generation can also take to armed struggle, when his stone war is not understood by India, the same way GOI did with us in 1990s,” he said. (PTK)