Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Kashmir Floods: Defence forces' heroics expose separatists, 'intellectuals'
New Delhi: 9/9/14
The defence and security forces have emerged as the saviours of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, who are facing the worst flood of the century. These security forces' heroic efforts have saved tens of thousands of lives in the last three-four days. The much 'hated' Indian Army is doing a commendable job across the flood-hit Kashmir Valley. It has reached even the remote corners of the state with rescue equipment's and other essential goods to save people facing death.
In the worst hit state capital Srinagar, the Army, Indian Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Navy and other paramilitary forces have been rescuing thousands of marooned civilians and some stranded tourists. These brave men have been risking their own lives to save the people, fully knowing that the same people whom they saved might throw stones and hand grenades at them once the situation returns to normal.
The rest of India is hoping that the heroic, humanitarian efforts of our defence forces will change the perception of the local Kashmiris about our military, which is demonized by various vested interests.
The defence personnel have carried plane loads of medicine, food, clothes and other essential materials to different parts of Srinagar and other affected areas. They are still trying to rescue people from the rooftops and other flooded houses.
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag has made a statement that his men will not return to their barracks till the last person is rescued.
According to local people, the inability and indifference of the Omar Abdullah government is mainly responsible for the loss of lives and flood. The government failed to gauge the situation and prevent the flooding. Despite several warnings and requests, the state government actually did nothing to prevent the catastrophe.
The All Party Hurriyat Conference, the umbrella body of the Kashmiri separatists, which thinks that it is the sole representative of Kashmiri people, is missing from the action. Not a single leader of the Hurriyat has so far come out to help the agencies in relief and rescue operations. According to some locals these separatists are hiding at their flood proof comfortable homes.
A few Kashmiris are trying to do something. But their effort is limited only to the social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
There have been inhuman tweets by some local Kashmiris about the Army even during the crisis. Some are rejoicing the death of some Army personnel and loss to their Army establishments due to flood.
Many people feel that even though the ordinary people of Kashmir are happy with the efforts of the Army, vested interests like Hurriyat and others who survive and thrive by abusing Indian government and the people, don't want to admit that. They fear that it will end their free run.
People in rest of India hope that the ordinary Kashmiris will realise that their one and the only saviour is Indian government, not the separatists and fly by night 'intellectuals'.