Radicalized: Am I?

More important than declarations are actions, such as making development for all possible and upholding the democratic rights of the citizens. But as soon as Narendra Modi led BJP came to power the political paradigm in India changed and the scholarly brigade of the BJP started to roll out their kind of terminology. It is not that the previous government was without a blemish, but the state of affairs was not as grave as it is now in India. The BJP brigade started to target the people on the basis of their eating behavior and even on holding ideas other than the BJP’s, as their politics spins around communalizing the society or in a way we can call it “radicalizing” the youth. In a recent statement given by INC’s Tom Vadakkan, on an NDTV show, he said that the “radicalization has become an industry”, and he was right in saying so, as it was the same industry which helped Modi in 2014 elections, and the same policy is functional post 2014 as well, be it killing people on the basis of eating beef or suffocating the right to freedom of expression and so on. For the people of India, who were expecting Acchay Din, the tables turned in such a way that they had to prove their nationalism in order to live in their own country. And those who refused to follow such fascist diktats were branded as anti-national and suggested to leave India. The reason and rationality were confronted by the delusion and delirium, which the Indian state, since inception, is executing in Kashmir.

In relation to the Kashmir, previously, such scholars had restricted the usage of the words of their glossary to “militants”, “sympathizers”, “extremists” and “separatists”, but now the inventory is being made non-exhaustive and the word “radicalized” is being used recurrently as, in an unprecedented experience, the unarmed youth of Kashmir are taking on the army at the encounter sites. This, for sure, depicts the love and affection of Kashmiris towards the militants and their cause and it also depicts their resilience. And why shouldn’t the youth pick up the arms and stones to wrestle the oppression, where a democratic deficit is symbolized and every democratic channel to dissent or contest is choked. That is what people do to fight tyranny and same was done by the Indian nationalists during British Raj. There were the people who the British used to address as extremists, and yes no one has forgot the Mutiny of 1857. Were they all radicalized? The Indian regime in Jammu and Kashmir provoke the violence by committing grave offences which are obscured with greater violence, which also has become an industry, and this supplements the hatred towards the Indian state. In Kashmir the so called security forces are trigger happy and the Indian state always remains dedicated to divert the attention from their misconduct, which leaves the “rule of law” in shreds. It is a fact, defended by the Amnesty and other human rights organizations, that the internationally recognized human rights are grossly violated in Kashmir and even the constitutionally guaranteed rights is a sham here. Domestic and international laws are not just prescribed cliché systems, but the general meaning and implications are clear enough and Indian state has not even shown a bit of decency towards either one.

The rhetorical frameworks which are a “durable” and “crucial” of Indian diplomacy with respect to the Kashmir inherited and convoluted by the succeeding legion of Indian statesmen which fundamentally remains unchanged over the time has again been rejuvenated, whereby the Indian intellectuals are promulgating and emphasizing on the “radicalization”, as well as are trying to create a binary around the words “educated” and “unemployment“, and is one of the frameworks under which the Indian state is attempting to obfuscate the real issues related to the Kashmir. The youth of Kashmir either educated or uneducated is well aware of the facts, the conflict and the situation in Kashmir, where the word conflict is a common euphemism for India’s aggression. The Kashmiri youth do know about the mass graves, the people who disappeared in thin air, and the rapes that were committed to suppress the dissenting voices, which is not abstract. The youth do not need to get acquainted with sufferings which the Kashmiris have put up with, and the present course of joining militant ranks is more of an “action-reaction” binary. The fact remains that the dictionary of the Indian intellectuals is trying to distort the meaning of the word “radicalization”, in relation to Kashmir, in a pretty euphemistic manner. Indian state also needs to understand the fact that the education exposes a person to the realm of understanding and becoming conscious about the reality, which has served its purpose in the Jammu and Kashmir as well. And for the sake of argument if it is taken that the educated youth prefer gun and stones over a secure career, then India needs to ponder, why? By labeling the educated youth of the valley as “radicalized”, the Indian state is trying to portray the youth as the economically frustrated lot and is trying to center the issue on the economic facet, which outrightly needs to be dismissed. The concept is repeatedly deployed to justify the destruction of peace and to impose the puppet regimes in order to guarantee the stability.

Furthermore, the another framework Indian state is attempting to create is the phrase “law and order situation” and by saying that the Kashmir issue is nothing more than a law and order problem, depicts either the non-serious attitude of Indian state towards solving the Kashmir dispute or the lack of understanding the dispute itself. In order to make a good understanding of the term “law and order situation” the government of India needs to analyze the recent events in Haryana or the Patel agitation in Gujarat and compare the standard operational procedures, in relation to Kashmir, with which both the disturbances were dealt with. There has been an effect: some people are synchronized to this propaganda. But none of this has ever conceived the intended objects in past neither will it serve the purpose at present or in future. It is very hard to subsist with cognitive dissonance: only a true skeptic can trust in one thing and do/say another.

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With Wisdom, Comes Humility.

We know, education is the empowerment that the youth need for a better future of their own as well as their nation and this job is nobly done by a teacher. The teaching has been considered to be the noblest job, and why not, we have every reason to call it so. Before the advent of cluster of private school system, government schools were at full bloom. Most of the marvels came from such government schools, unlike today. Then what has gone wrong that the ‘marvel producing institutions’ have become barren. Who is to be blamed? Sorry to say, but the teachers of government schools have already earned a bad name, which they need to do away with and work a little harder. Education is the means to attain a goal which is progress and teachers make an enduring impact in the lives of students. The greatest of the arts is teaching since the medium is the human mind and spirit. Teachers are the heroes of our society and often called as “builders of nation”. They take the challenge of creating and shaping worlds. The teachers while teaching touch the future of the child. Thus the eligibility for becoming a teacher needs to suffice the strength to take-on such a challenge.

The global economic crunch has forced the youth into darkness and in every country the unemployment has become the biggest menace/headache. But the filling up of posts for the job of teacher needs not to be seen through the prism of policy decisions for reducing unemployment, because in case the less competent persons become the teachers it will serve no good purpose and will add numbers to the unemployment problem by producing less competent students. Our state of Jammu and Kashmir is not an exception. But the rising rate of corruption has marred the state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir.

The competence of a teacher must not be compromised. The future of a nation depends on the excellence of the teachers, who nourish the growing buds. So the teachers’ competence must be scrutinized prior to letting them to assume such a noble job. The government’s order of conducting screening test for the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers came late but it is a justified move. The case of Faisal Khan Vs. State and others, was an eye opener. A teacher who is not able to write an essay on Cow and cannot solve 4th standard mathematical numerical, do not deserve to be a teacher. Such teachers need to be fished out and shown the door. During a recent protest of teachers, I found them holding placards that had ‘time bound’ spelled as ‘time bond’, which definitely was not a typing mistake. The argument that ReT teachers put forth in their support is that they have been the key factor in increasing the literacy rate in the state, but I must tell those ReT teachers that a herd of students is not what is needed, but what we need to produce is quality students who can compete at all international and national levels. And with such teachers who do not know the difference between ‘bound’ and ‘bond’ or cannot write an essay on Cow, for sure are not eligible to be called or appointed as teachers.

The screening test that has been announced by the government is not any sort of a competitive test at the end of which only a few will be selected. If all of the ReT teachers are capable and competent then they must not be afraid of any such test, and should voluntarily commit themselves for it, to prove their mettle. The argument that by imposing such a test on the ReT teachers the government is adamant to lower their self esteem is a farce, instead by doing so your credibility and worth will get bloomed. Here your credibility is at stake, and Pardon me, but by not sitting in the test you are bringing disgrace to yourselves, by your own.

At first place, the post of ReT is a disgrace to the education system of Jammu and Kashmir. It is highly unfortunate that the government has lowered the status of a teacher by setting the minimum qualification required to be an ReT teacher at 10+2, which is same for the post of a peon or a class 4th employee, thereby sabotaging the appointment through genuine rule of general line system. A government which believes more in governance than in government will never do so, as it is an anti-society policy, which for a moment seemed to be benefiting but for the long run would ruin the quality of education in Jammu and Kashmir and eventually the future. The encumbrances of responsibilities do not end with the ReT teachers. Government has to accept its responsibility as well. ReT teachers were engaged according to certain rules and regulations under which only after the satisfactory results from such teachers they were to be regularized, and the same was done when the stipulated time of 5 years elapsed. Now after 5 years, the government wants to conduct their competency test which means something went wrong at the basic level where ReT’s were allotted the satisfaction certificates. The precious 5 years of the ReT teachers cannot be overlooked. If the government is resolute in taking the test and revolutionizing the education system then the ReT teachers need to be compensated for the previous 5 years as the earlier contract becomes null and void. And at the end if deadwood is found among these ReT teachers then the officers who allotted certificates to them need to be punished, accordingly.

Such innovative and revolutionary steps are always welcome and everyone needs to offer his helping hand so that the foreseen goal is achieved. An education system is needed that shall enhance the creativity and imagination of the students. This step of conducting screening test will surely help in travelling the long journey but there are still many more milestones that need to be crossed.

The Collateral Damage.

It is wedding season, and out there in the field of love there are going to be a lot of fatalities. Well, a fatality is perhaps a strong word but you will see what I mean. In the coming months many of us will attend the lovely wedding ceremonies. You know how it goes down: a couple who have been dating since about the end of the university get married, all of their friends are there, and all goes gloomy. Or may be many of such ceremonies are arranged but still the love birds get enough time to understand each other. Marriages, as they say, are decided in heavens and performed on earth. It is an occasion where two souls become one. Many others even go to the extent of saying that the wife and husband complete each other. And many others give religious references that state that the wife is made from the ribs of the husband. Even the duo is referred to as “better-half” of each other. And at solemnizing the marriage they promise to live together for lives to come. Almost everyone tends to make the relationship an unbreakable bond as marriages are solemnized on oath and affirmation from both the sides and the two souls accept each other, blatantly.
But, this seems to be a past practice that has been rejected by most of the human race, nowadays. Instead of living together in peace for at least a single life has been proven to be a rare occasion. The better halves strive to cut each other into fine halves and even for breaking ribs of each other. The decisions of the heavens seem to have gone wrong. Both the families start to blame that day when the wed-lock happened. All such shift in emotions lead to a bigger tussle which consequently invites the inevitable events. But generally, a marital quarrel is a casual thing and happens everywhere but the trend seems to have changed and the casual is no more casual and the gaffe that could had been handled in a better way is left to develop and becomes a fight for pride and finally a law suit, thereby dragging the ‘pride’ to the courts. The arrogance from both the sides lead to a situation where the so called pride of both the families becomes high and dry and are looked down by everyone. Alike all other battles, in this ‘battle-for-pride’ the one who gets crushed is the weak, who in the latter case is their child[ren]. When parents repeatedly use hostile strategies with each other, most of the children of such families become distraught, worried, anxious and most worriedly hopeless. The couple chooses their fate by their own but the one who is coerced into the oblivion is the child. Desertion due to the break ups between the parents is a form of child abuse. But unfortunately the abusers are their own parents. The abuse is obviously not deliberate neither is it intentionally spiteful and not even conscious. But it is not a mere accident either. Thus children become the collateral damage of the attitude that is adopted by their parents. Children understand resentment and it tells them what is going on and they can work with that. But when parents withdraw and become emotionally unavailable, they do not know what is going on. They just know things are wrong and the withdrawal is a worse trail for them.
Such attitude of the parents lacerate the childhood of their wards, which goes unnoticed by their parents. The frequent fight between the parents sucks the oxygen out of the life of the child and even changes his psych and thus he becomes aggressive and develops behavior problems. Not only is his present affected but his future as well. A deep void gets created inside the body of such a child that no one can fill save for the love and affection of his own parents. The childhood that he was supposed to live under the care and love of his parents just passes by in despair and dilemma. He is forced to live a life of an orphan, even when he actually has both of his parents. Just guess the pain such a kid suffers, maybe we can’t. But we can do much more in order to end such un-noticed abuse and prevent many other children from becoming the collateral damage.