Not Breaking News: Kashmiris React To The Killing Of Yatris

    Having witnessed death first-hand multiple times, we Kashmiris never want the same pain to be inflicted upon anyone, even if it is someone else.

    A yatri had to say this about Kashmiris after being helped out of a bus that met an accident last year. Source: The quint.

    On the evening of July 10, 7 Yatris were killed and 11 injured in an ambush attack on a forces’ vehicle. According to the reports, Yatris died in the crossfire.

    Whatever the reasons and whoever did it, this act cannot be perpetrated in the name of the cause and/or justified at all.

    As we all know, this does not define us as Kashmiris. However much the Indian media try to dehumanise and malign Kashmiris at large, the reality speaks for itself but it may not make it to the prime time on your television screens, where fired up TV anchors are already spitting venom in the name of ‘breaking news’.

    Kashmiris have been known to be a population which is hospitable and very warm with guests, whoever they are. Yatra has been taking place since ages in Kashmir and Kashmiris themselves have ensured that Yatris stay safe.

    Source: The Quint (July, 2016)

    Although Amarnath Yatra has been politicised for numerous reasons in the past by the right-wing brigade and in spite of the environmental disaster that it is and the failure of the state and the central governments to compensate the ecological losses happening in the mountains, Kashmiris have always remained warm for the pilgrims on the holy journey.

    This reminds me of 2008 when the basic cause of the uprising was the allotment of land to the Shrine Board, thousands of Yatris were left stranded due to the turmoil, local volunteers got together and helped the Yatris with food and blankets. This happened wherever locals saw Yatris in that condition, mostly in Srinagar and south Kashmir. In spite of the curfews and the killings, the Yatris were not forsaken. Kashmiris braved against the curfews to come out and help the pilgrims.

    Only a couple of weeks ago, when an Amarnath Yatra bus met an accident, locals rushed to help the pilgrims.

    A pilgrim’s personal experience from 2016. Source:
    The Quint

    Having witnessed death first-hand multiple times, we Kashmiris never want the same pain to be inflicted upon anyone, even if it is someone else.

    As the nationalist media try to malign and demonise Kashmiris, here’s a compilation of a few reactions of Kashmiris condemning the horrific attack.

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