Burhan Wani was a Hizbul Mujahideen TERRORIST who was gunned down by security forces on July 8, 2016. His killing led to widespread protests in Kashmir Valley, where people see him as a martyr. That is not unusual in a state where Separatists continue to brainwash gullible minds into believing that India is an oppressor.
What is shocking for a democracy of India’s stature is when elected representatives of the people, too, start talking in the language of the Separatists.
National Conference MLA Shaukat Hussain Gannai said this on January 3:
He (Burhan Wani) is a martyr as he gave his life for the cause of J&K. I said this in the J&K Assembly: Shauqat Hussain Gannai, NC pic.twitter.com/3NzrXQrn7m
— ANI (@ANI_news) 3 January 2017
National Conference is Omar Abdullah’s party, which is in the Opposition in the J&K Assembly. The morning after Wani’s killing, Abdullah has posted these tweets:
Mark my words – Burhan’s ability to recruit in to militancy from the grave will far outstrip anything he could have done on social media.
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) 9 July 2016
There is no doubt that Kashmir burned for months after Wani’s killing but what is worth asking is who lit the fire. In the next few weeks it became apparent that Separatists and their sympathisers in Pakistan were instigating the youth in the Valley to pick stones against the security forces.
What perhaps emboldened them were the apologetic words of India’s intellectuals and such politicians who shared their view of Wani being a martyr.