Back to the past in 1931, In protest to Kashmir Agitation, stones were pelted by the Kashmiri youth on the police in the streets of Srinagar for expressing their anger.
After the rise of insurgency and the separatist movement in Kashmir conflict, the stone pelting incidents became prominent in Kashmir. In 2016, Kashmir witnessed 2690 stone pelting incidents in various districts with Baramulla topping the list with 492 incidents followed by Srinagar and Kupwara each with 339 incidents (source Wikipedia)
On 25 October 2018, an Indian army soldier, Rajendra Singh-a 22-year-old from Uttarakhand was martyred after sustaining head injuries in a stone pelting incident in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
Following the event, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that stone pelters are like terrorists and must be dealt with sternly. In this response, the Indian Army started to take action against these stone pelters.
A situation comparison: Pulwama attacks
In 2016, a group of students was stopped and interrogated. This led the 17 years old Adil Ahmad Dar to join Militants. Following this event, he joined Jaish-E-Muhammad (JED) in 2018.
In the same year 2016, a 22-year-old young blooded boy Mr. Mahesh Kumar joined CRPF. He was in 118 Battalion.
Back in the year 2009, his family was facing severe challenges to earn for their livelihood in Prayagraj. His father chose to live life with pride. Mahesh’s father has spent over two decades in Mumbai as an auto driver. Without having much guidance, Mahesh chooses to join the Indian Armed Forces and in the year 2016, he was elected to join CRPF.
Sadly, On 14th Feb 2019 Pulwama Attacks, Mahesh Kumar was also in the list of 44 martyrs.
So, is it really a matter of choice? of course yes!!! it is a matter of choice.
On one hand, a 17-year-old person chooses to join militant whereas, on another hand, a 17-year-old youngster chose to join Armed Force and become a soldier. One chooses to be a terrorist, another chosen to serve his nation.
What makes Kashmiris a soft target for brainwashing?
Why would someone take part in Fidayeen attacks? Why would a person voluntarily take part in losing his/her own life while knowing the same?
In Kashmir, people are brainwashed by separatist parties to unite themselves and make a separate country. People are intervened by 3rd parties(militant groups). Local Parties have their separate agenda. Mainstream parties have a very different agenda. And in between these major stakeholders, Army comes along.
With every different agenda, people are not understanding which path to choose and which way to go.
The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.
Do let us know what you think on the same.