Yi Che Hindustanech Chaal: Image of India in the Minds of Kashmir

Why the Kashmiris do not Trust India

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a deadly virus which came into existence in China in January 2019 when China confirmed the first case of Coronavirus and till now COVID 19 had caused huge demand destruction overseas, be it the Aviation, retail, financials, realty, hospitality, and other sectors. Giant countries are left helpless, Lakhs of people died and millions are affected. India has been unsuccessful in controlling its spread and got the position of the third worst-hit country by the Covid-19 pandemic. While Health system is supposed to collapse due to lack of infrastructure and proper planning. “It is confusing and disappointing that the country with some of the biggest IT companies [in the world] has failed to build systems that give clear information on the availability of beds or provide online help,” said Bhan, who is a researcher in bioethics and health policy

In these difficult times when the country is fighting this pandemic, there have been many cases in Kashmir valley were Doctors and other medical fraternity related officials were assaulted and beaten. As on now, there have been 15,711 coronavirus cases confirmed in Kashmir, but if you get involved in the group conversation about coronavirus, You will definitely get to hear this sentence “Yi che Hindustanech chaal” as masses of Kashmir believe that there is no virus in Kashmir and it is a conspiracy of India to weaken Kashmir’s social and economic Skelton.

This is not the first time when such rumors are spreading in Kashmir. On Jan 17, 2016, Panic gripped Kashmir over child death rumor from polio drops, thousands of people rushed towards hospitals. Many times these rumors resulted in very piquant situations. But what is the core mentality behind such rumors, why these rumors flow in Kashmir? The main reason for this is that India had failed in building the emotional bond with Kashmiris. There is a lot of lack of trust in Kashmir on India.

But Why?

To get the answer to this question lets peep back in past, on 20 March 2000 when 35 villagers of the Sikh faith were brutally killed in Chittisingh Pora. The identity of the perpetrators remains unknown but Kashmiris believe that it was India that did this to mock its rival neighbor Pakistan and the rebels of Kashmir.

On 21 January 1990 The Gawkadal massacre titled “the worst massacre in Kashmiri history” where the Indian paramilitary troops of the Central Reserve Police Force opened fire on a group of Kashmiri protesters, at least 160 people were killed in this massacre. There is an unending list of such massacres that took place in Kashmir in daylight and later facts were manipulated by India, Handwara Massacre, Zakoora, and Tengpora massacre and Hawl Massacre of 1990. Kunan Poshpora Incident and Ishber Nishat Massacre of 1991. Bijbehara Massacre, Sopore Massacre, and 1993 Lalchowk Fire of 1993. Kupwara Massacre of 1994 etc are some examples.

The remaining fabric of the bond between India and Valley was torn by India in Aug 2019 when Kashmiris were locked down in their homes overnight and the future of Kashmir was decided without its consent. Although Kashmiris had an idea month before that this might happen but the governor on  chair that time Satyapal Malik gave false console to Kashmiris that those actions were just being taken for the security of Amarnath yatra as agencies had received threat calls from “terrorists”, but it was actually a planning to abrogate Article 370 which was known as ‘Shah Rag’ (Air-canal of Kashmir) with which Kashmiris were emotionally connected.

Its abrogation gave a big jolt to the relations of India with Kashmir and with its neighboring countries. The recent Indo-china face-off on LAC where 20 Indian troops were killed is being linked with the abrogation of Article 370 and division of state Jammu & Kashmir into separate Union Territories.

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