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Why the BJP won't participate in Kashmir's Martyrs' Day?
May be if you ask a doctor to define an 'Analogous Situation," he / she may surprise you with a interesting explanation - "To learn the protocol, we go through simulation labs. In each simulation, the patient has different traumas, responding like a real patient, they can go into shock, they can die. You have to respond.

The Nurse says: "Doctor, they brought this patient in!" You must say: "Nurse, can you check airway, establish an IV line." Voices in the back: "Dr Dr, I'm bleeding." They can throw in simultaneous things: patient dying, hysterical family member."

Politics per se not a sickness but often it is a full time real, demanding and depressing plight. A lot of stress is faced by politicians whether they're in power or without it.

So, when I read the news that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has skipped the 86th Kashmir Martyrs' Day function, I wasn't surprised. Before I make my comments, it would be helpful to make the reader aware about the 'Kashmir's Martys' Day."

In 1814, Jammu became part of the Sikh Kingdom of Punjab, under Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Ranjit Singh bestowed the place as a jagir on Gulab Singh, who belonged to the Jamwal Rajput clan that ruled Jammu. As a jagirdar for the Sikhs, Gulab Singh extended the boundaries of the Sikh kingdom to western Tibet with the help of Zorawar Singh. The Sikh rule was then extended beyond the Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley to include the Tibetan Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh and the Emirates of Hunza, Gilgit and Nagar.

After the First Anglo-Sikh War in 1846, Sir Henry Lawrence was appointed British Resident and Lal Singh was asked to surrender Kashmir. Under the terms of the Treaty of Amritsar, the British government then sold Kashmir for a sum of 7.5 million rupees to Maharaja Gulab Singh, who had been their loyal ally against the Sikhs. Jammu again became an independent Rajput Kingdom under Maharaja Gulab Singh, as per the Treaty of Lahore, signed between the British and the Sikhs.

The origin of Martys' Day in Kashmir can be traced back to the struggle that was born on July 13, 1931 when  Kashmiris raised  rebellion against the despotic ruler Hari Singh.

On April 19, 1931, the Dogra King applied the ban of Eid Khutba (Sermon). It ignited widespread demonstrations in the Jammu city for a number of days. It was followed by alleged desecration of the Holy Qur'an at the hands of Dogra forces. It resulted into outrage among the Muslims throughout the state. In Srinagar, people gathered in Jamia Masjid to denounce this incident. One such get-together was held in Khankah-e-Muella Srinagar, which was addressed by prominent Kashmiris.

When the meeting concluded, a youth, Abdul Qadeer, pointing his finger to the Maharaja's palace, raised slogans "destroy its every brick". With the accusation of sedition, he was arrested forthwith. Abdul Qadir was to be tried in the court but due to large public resentment, the court was shifted to Central Jail Srinagar.

On July 12, 1931, in response to the shifting of court, intense public protests were held throughout the city. The next day, on July 13, 1931, thousands of people thronged the Central Jail Srinagar to witness the in-camera trial of Abdul Qadeer. As the time for obligatory prayer approached, a young Kashmiri stood for Azan. The Dogra Governor, Raizada Tartilok Chand ordered soldiers to open fire at him. When he got martyred, another young man took his place and started Azan. He was also shot dead. In this way, 22 Kashmiris were killed in their efforts to complete the Azan. The people carried the dead and paraded through the streets of Srinagar, chanting slogans against Dogra brutalities. Complete strike was observed in the city, which was followed by week-long mourning. This incident shook the whole state and the traffic from Srinagar to Rawalpindi and Srinagar to Jammu came to halt from July 13 to 26, 1931. The 22 martyrs are buried in Martyrs' Graveyard at Khawaja Bazar, Srinagar. Kasmiris commemorate this day as Martyrs' Day.

No wonder, BJP wouldn't participate in Kashmir Martyrs' Day for the same reason as it won't discuss the initial shyness of Maharaja of Kashmir to become a part of India while blaming every Tom, Harry and Dick for Kashmir problem; for the same reason the prime minister of India would sport every cap offered to him except the Muslim-looking cap; for the same reason he would never talk about 16-year-old Junaid who was brutally murdered in the train by Gau Rakshak Gundas but make a song and dance with  Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who was just two years old when he lost his parents in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. He also met Moshe's Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who managed to escape with him from the Nariman House which came under attack by Pakistan-based LeT terrorists, and his grandparents Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg. Modi's decision to meet Moshe, now 11, along with his grandparents was an emotional moment for the family. No such emotions or display of sentiments for an India Muslim.

An analogous heinous situation cropped up recently when seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed while twelve including three policemen were injured after militants attacked a yatri bus and a police party in Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in south Kashmir on Monday, media reports said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh are taking stock of the situation. Condemning the attack, Modi tweeted, "Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in Jammu and Kashmir" but "India will never get bogged down by such cowardly attacks and the evil designs of hate". Defence minister Arun Jaitley termed the terrorist attack on Amarnath yatris as "the most reprehensible act."

The killers for the name sake might be Muslims but they were neither Muslims nor Human beings. They weren't even beasts as beast never kills with hatred. These bloody mad idiots should be punished by all means. I shall take up the issue in near future in these columns.

However, two wrongs never make one right.

About the Kashmir Martyrs' Day and absence of BJP there, the National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said that the BJP-People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance is only there to stay in power and loot the state and has got nothing to do with the people of the Valley.

"It is obvious. They have nothing to do with this. They are only here to stay in power and loot the public of Jammu and Kashmir," Abdullah told reporters.

He added that July 13, 1931 was a watershed moment in the history of Kashmir and marked the beginning of a struggle against tyranny, oppression and despotism. Abdullah paid tributes and observed the Kashmir Martyrs' Day or the 86th Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir, which celebrates the sacrifice of 22 valiant people on July 13, 1931.

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