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Rumour Mongering in Kashmir

August 05, 2019 | Farooq Wani

I’m sure that those who Pioneered the idea of social media as well as those who were involved in its evolution would had never imagined that their noble dream of creating a means to fill the void in personal interaction spawned by current day professional pressures, could one day become a tool for manipulating public opinion. Since this is the irrefutable truth, it’s but natural that, whether for good or worse, social media has succeeded in digging its claws deeply in cyber world.
Today, use of social media has become as common as breathing and therefore just like unmindful of what we inhale, we don’t realise the enormous dangers of the toxic contents that is spewed. That’s why posting irresponsible and motivated messages is dangerous because it promotes proliferation of thoughts and ideas that are either untrue or so contrived as to portray a viewpoint that’s far removed from reality. However, to blame our leaders for not being able to regulate opinion on social media is unfair and so, the remedy lies elsewhere.
For a past few days, a mood of foreboding has developed in Kashmir because a flurry of events has given rise to a common fear among locals, officials and political leaders alike that something is afoot. Fuelled by the confusion caused by people giving explanations without any justification, , several theories took root among locals, with most speculating this was part of an effort to repeal Article 35A and Article 370 has the potential to intensify unrest in Valley because social media is now abuzz with yet more theories that indicate that something far more devious is cooking in Kashmir.
While separatists and militants may be accused of playing a pivotable role in trying to project their objectives, but by using Governor of J&K as its ‘unofficial’ spokesperson, New Delhi has only given mixed signals. Perhaps the most surprising order came as the government directed Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave the Valley immediately “keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats”. Cash starved Kashmir, which is desperately struggling painstakingly for many decades to overcome economic disaster received another dent from the knee-jerk J&K policies of the Government. The upcoming fruit season, which is the mainstay of Kashmir economy, could be adversely impacted if such circumstances prevail.
Social media educated us about a letter from the Railways Police Force’s assistant security commissioner for Budgam, Sudesh Nugyal, asking employees to stock ration for at least four months, store drinking water for seven days, and completely filling up their vehicle tanks to deal with the issue of law and order for a long period as there is a “forecast of deteriorating situation”. This created a flutter in the region and was shared widely on social media, including top politicians who took to twitter handles created panic among the people of Kashmir without caring what to happen common masses and also every attempt is being made by these politicians to exploit a routine situation for their vested political advantage.
No one can dispute that the people of Kashmir are under extreme mental pressure due to three decades of uninterrupted violence. Governor Satya Pal Malik may have said that "unnecessary panic" was being created by linking the curtailment of Amarnath Yatra with other issues and requested political leaders to ask their supporters to maintain calm and do not believe in "exaggerated rumours". To clear the air, he even committed that there were no plans to abrogate Article 35A and that students of National Institute of Technology were leaving as per the normal practice because their semesters had ended.
Despite the assurance given by Malik, the public remains apprehensive and with rumours ranging from abrogation of Article 370 to the outbreak of a war, the people of Kashmir are obviously disturbed. Consequently, the scurry to stock primary provisions has led to creation of artificial deficiencies and created problems for the Kashmiris who don’t have the financial means to buy and store away essentials. But the people of Kashmir can’t be entirely blamed because little has been done to overcome the trust deficit between and the administration.
Fearing trouble, residents of Kashmir have already started stockpiling essentials and this trend is giving field day to hoarders who have started selling their products on exorbitant rates and in the race to ensure that your family is adequately catered for. With ominous signals of impending doom being spread by mainstream political parties as well as the separatist conglomerate, the gullible people of Kashmir are spurring the black market by spending their earned money on an eventuality that might not come true!
What the people of Kashmir need right now is a voice that’s impartial so that they can understand how they are being used as pawns.

 


Email:----farooqwani61@yahoo.co.in

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Rumour Mongering in Kashmir

August 05, 2019 | Farooq Wani

I’m sure that those who Pioneered the idea of social media as well as those who were involved in its evolution would had never imagined that their noble dream of creating a means to fill the void in personal interaction spawned by current day professional pressures, could one day become a tool for manipulating public opinion. Since this is the irrefutable truth, it’s but natural that, whether for good or worse, social media has succeeded in digging its claws deeply in cyber world.
Today, use of social media has become as common as breathing and therefore just like unmindful of what we inhale, we don’t realise the enormous dangers of the toxic contents that is spewed. That’s why posting irresponsible and motivated messages is dangerous because it promotes proliferation of thoughts and ideas that are either untrue or so contrived as to portray a viewpoint that’s far removed from reality. However, to blame our leaders for not being able to regulate opinion on social media is unfair and so, the remedy lies elsewhere.
For a past few days, a mood of foreboding has developed in Kashmir because a flurry of events has given rise to a common fear among locals, officials and political leaders alike that something is afoot. Fuelled by the confusion caused by people giving explanations without any justification, , several theories took root among locals, with most speculating this was part of an effort to repeal Article 35A and Article 370 has the potential to intensify unrest in Valley because social media is now abuzz with yet more theories that indicate that something far more devious is cooking in Kashmir.
While separatists and militants may be accused of playing a pivotable role in trying to project their objectives, but by using Governor of J&K as its ‘unofficial’ spokesperson, New Delhi has only given mixed signals. Perhaps the most surprising order came as the government directed Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave the Valley immediately “keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats”. Cash starved Kashmir, which is desperately struggling painstakingly for many decades to overcome economic disaster received another dent from the knee-jerk J&K policies of the Government. The upcoming fruit season, which is the mainstay of Kashmir economy, could be adversely impacted if such circumstances prevail.
Social media educated us about a letter from the Railways Police Force’s assistant security commissioner for Budgam, Sudesh Nugyal, asking employees to stock ration for at least four months, store drinking water for seven days, and completely filling up their vehicle tanks to deal with the issue of law and order for a long period as there is a “forecast of deteriorating situation”. This created a flutter in the region and was shared widely on social media, including top politicians who took to twitter handles created panic among the people of Kashmir without caring what to happen common masses and also every attempt is being made by these politicians to exploit a routine situation for their vested political advantage.
No one can dispute that the people of Kashmir are under extreme mental pressure due to three decades of uninterrupted violence. Governor Satya Pal Malik may have said that "unnecessary panic" was being created by linking the curtailment of Amarnath Yatra with other issues and requested political leaders to ask their supporters to maintain calm and do not believe in "exaggerated rumours". To clear the air, he even committed that there were no plans to abrogate Article 35A and that students of National Institute of Technology were leaving as per the normal practice because their semesters had ended.
Despite the assurance given by Malik, the public remains apprehensive and with rumours ranging from abrogation of Article 370 to the outbreak of a war, the people of Kashmir are obviously disturbed. Consequently, the scurry to stock primary provisions has led to creation of artificial deficiencies and created problems for the Kashmiris who don’t have the financial means to buy and store away essentials. But the people of Kashmir can’t be entirely blamed because little has been done to overcome the trust deficit between and the administration.
Fearing trouble, residents of Kashmir have already started stockpiling essentials and this trend is giving field day to hoarders who have started selling their products on exorbitant rates and in the race to ensure that your family is adequately catered for. With ominous signals of impending doom being spread by mainstream political parties as well as the separatist conglomerate, the gullible people of Kashmir are spurring the black market by spending their earned money on an eventuality that might not come true!
What the people of Kashmir need right now is a voice that’s impartial so that they can understand how they are being used as pawns.

 


Email:----farooqwani61@yahoo.co.in


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