Well, for the last two days, one can’t seem to have enough of the viral video of a man made to sit on top of an army vehicle. Some say it’s about time ,while others are questioning the human rights and the “horrendous” crime that the army has committed.
I think of it otherwise. I think it of how the army is ensuring that these young men have a ball of a time while doing their routine work: stone pelting.
This is a first in Kashmir and everyone must see the silver lining in the incident. It is about a poor Kashmiri young man, exhausted after back breaking stone pelting, being given a lift by the Indian Army to his village. He stopped an army jeep and insisted on being given a lift, as it is his fundamental right to demand help from the army (remember the floods?).
Ever compassionate and eager to help the citizens, the Indian Army, while travelling in a non air conditioned vehicle to another place to control stone pelting and perhaps be kicked in the process, obliged the man.
The considerate and kind soldiers agreed to sweat it out inside the jeep in the thick of Kashmir summers while allowing for greater comfort of the civilian. They let him sit in an open environment where the air ensured that he does not sweat and become uncomfortable. Since no seat belts were provided on this seat by the manufacturer of the vehicle, who also happened to be the lowest bidder during procurement, the army personnel took upon themselves the responsibility of the safety and comfort of the individual for which they improvised using limited resources and used ropes.
The “bindaas” manner in which the local is sitting speaks volumes about the comfort and the bliss the man is experiencing.
Seeing this happy situation, the Abdullah clan and Hurriyat should tweet and congratulate the army jawans for ensuring the comfort and assistance in quick return to the action of the stone pelter. They should also recommend PM Modi that a case should be taken up to modify the army vehicle and add more benches around the vehicles operating in Kashmir valley. This will ensure that the army does not restrict itself to a few individuals and helps the crowd of stone throwing Kashmiris in general.