Stone pelting on security forces has been a regular affair in Jammu and Kashmir during security forces’ encounters with terrorists. Sympathizers of stone pelters have only seen a rise! It has been proven that Pakistan is provoking and funding them. It is an irony that even the Supreme Court has asked the centre to look for an alternative to using pellet guns on stone pelters. Security forces suffer the most, getting injured and even sacrificing their lives.
In an interview with Manoshi Sinha, Editor, My India My Glory, in this regard, Maj Gen GD Bakshi said, “What is happening in J&K is no freedom struggle. It has been one extended communal riot. What is at stake in J&K is a matter of principle – the principle of secularism. How can India permit just 5 million Muslims of the Valley to walk out of the union solely on the basis of religion? What right would we then have to the continued loyalty of 175 million loyal and patriotic Muslims of India who voted with their feet at the time of partition and opted to stay in a secular India rather than a theocratic Pakistan?”
Maj Gen GD Bakshi further said, “What has been happening in J&K is no freedom struggle. It has been a rabidly communal movement which has led to the radicalization and abject ghettoization of the valley and the ethnic cleansing of some 450,000 Kashmiri Pundits. This communal agenda fuels the daily stone pelting, arson and mob- violence. The valley has become a vast ghetto, even as the Ghettos in Paris or Brussels, which have become no-go areas for the police and security forces. We cannot let our will to govern our territory evaporate so easily.”
On stone pelting by the youth of the valley on security forces, GD Bakshi said, “We cannot permit some separatists to interfere with the legitimate CT operations of the Security Forces. And we cannot accept the state’s authority being flouted so brazenly- just exploiting the softness of the Indian state.”
About Maj Gen Bakshi
A prolific writer, Maj Gen Bakshi is the author of 35 books on topics ranging from military to non-military. He has contributed over 200 papers in numerous prestigious research journals and national newspapers.
Commissioned in the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, Maj Gen (Dr) GD Bakshi was proficiently involved in numerous skirmishes on the Line of Control. He was a veteran in handling counter-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. He was honored with the Vishisht Seva Medal for commanding a battalion in operations in Kargil and the Sena Medal for operations in Kishtwar. Maj Gen (Dr) Gagandeep Bakshi served two tenures at the Directorate General of Military Operations. He was the first BGS (IW) at HQ Northern Command (India), where he dealt with Information Warfare and Psychological Ops. He appears regularly on TV talk-shows as a military analyst. He is the editor of the Indian Military Review.
Stone pelting representation image courtesy: U4UVoice.