Afzal Guru: How India made a militant out of a med-student

Published: February 12, 2013

This is not just Afzal Guru’s life story; this is the story of every Kashmiri man. PHOTO: AFP

Afzal Guru was hung on Saturday. As predicted, the Indian political fraternity and intelligentsia not only welcomed, but applauded the development. They saw it as a culmination of the legal process-the law of the land taking its due course.

News channels repeatedly telecasted the footage of the attacks on the Indian parliament as if to convince themselves and their viewers that justice had finally been served. To borrow the words from the Supreme Court judgment, “the collective conscience of the nation” has been satiated.

On the other hand, the reaction in Kashmir has been the polar opposite. Emotions resembling anguish, pain, desperation and anger surround the local people. Their lives have been brought to a forced standstill; all of Kashmir has been put under a strict curfew. Television, mobile networks and internet have all been suspended- there is no connection with the world outside.

With pained hearts, some students gathered the courage to protest at Jantar Mantar before being attacked by Bajrang Dal activists and being arrested by the Delhi police.

To the Kashmiris, Afzal Guru represents their collective victimhood at the hands of India. His story is the Kashmiri story and every Kashmiri relates to it.

He was an MBBS student and had Kashmir not been a conflict zone, he might have been a successful doctor today.

Much like every adolescent Kashmiri, he too felt utterly distraught when hearing about a Kashmiri woman, from his vicinity, being raped by Indian soldiers. He was a young boy who – like all the other men in Kashmir – would feel completely humiliated and helpless at not being able to do anything to protect his own people.

He detested the daily humiliation he and his fellow countrymen were subjected to; he wanted things to change, so he decided to try and change them himself.

He wasn’t given a death sentence, he was murdered.

This is not just Afzal Guru’s life story; this is the story of every Kashmiri man.

In the 90s, Afzal, in a fit of momentary emotion and angst decided to abandon school. At this point, this young mind joined a militant group thinking that this was the only way to free his nation from the clutches of indignity.

Many people whether Kashmiris or not would have done the same thing in such a situation.

However, very soon Afzal realised the futility of this and surrendered, trying to live a normal life; but the system just wouldn’t let him. Continuously harassed by the intelligence services, he was meted out the worst possible torture and humiliation; they tried to force him to work as their informer.

Finally Afzal was charged with the attack on the Indian parliament. They forced him to confess on TV and made a media trial of him before the actual trial could even begin and finally, they handed him the death sentence.

Every Kashmiri’s trial is made into a spectacle by the self-righteous Indian media. This is how they think they have served justice – with a media circus.

State oppression and the media propagandists made a militant of a medical student.

Exactly the same thing has happened to a countless number of Kashmiris by the Indian state – we have been denied our rights.

The reason every Kashmiri feels the pain of the fate meted out to Afzal is because they understand what he set out to do and who he set out to free.

His death serves as a reminder to the people of Kashmir that they are utterly helpless; the Indian state has not changed. They have been told once again, loud and clear, that there is no place for Kashmir’s emotions and grievances in Indian polity.

Afzal’s sentence being carried out at the time of elections also shows how far the Indian politicians will go to win and how easily they are willing to sacrifice people like goats for an increase in their vote banks.

The Indian state did not let Afzal live a peaceful life because he rebelled against their injustices and the Kashmiri people will not be allowed to live in peace because they cared about it.

The Kashmiri people do not see Afzal’s hanging as that of one man, they see it as the hanging of an entire nation.

Shakeel Maqbool

Shakeel Maqbool

A computer engineering graduate who tweets @shakeeelshaheen

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • manzar

    thorough and well writtenRecommend

  • SM

    I just have one question, when you say Kashmiri people, who exactly do you mean? Why do I feel that somehow Kashmiri Pandits are not somehow included in your discourse, probably they are lesser Kashmiri because they are Hindus and not Sunni Muslims. I suspect you also don’t also mean Shia Muslims of Kashmir in your discourse and neither the Sikhs. The only legitimate Kashmiri seems to be a Sunni Muslim who is perpetually victimized by the “Hindu” India. The two-nation theory seems to endure on!
    Of course that does not mean what is going on in Kashmir is right. Perhaps you should have spoken the day when masjids of Kashmir declared war on India and kicked out the Pandits because of their “suspected” Indian sympathy. One hand doesn’t clap my dear friend. When Afzal Guru became a militant he lost his case for Kashmir. Who answers to the people he has killed when he was a militant assuming is completely innocent since. But since he killed the lesser people who are Hindus it does not matter, is it?
    I know you are pained by Afzal Guru’s death but did you condemn the day when Indian Parliament was attacked with similar voracity? I suspect not, why would you? I country whose major export to the neighborhood is terror does not get to take the high moral ground, you must remember that my friend.
    Kashmiris have the sympathy of all Indians but the more they deny being Indian the more they lose that sympathy. You cannot expect sympathy on one hand and expect to be the “other” with a straight face. It takes two to tango my friend.
    If Kashmiris, by that I mean Sunni Kashmiris are so incensed with India that they cant tolerate to be with us Indians, perhaps they should try and build consensus among their minorities and then demand for a Kashmiri homeland. However, I doubt if there is one minority sect or religion of Kashmir who would want to hand over their fate again into a new state with a Sunni Muslim majority after witnessing the fate of Pakistan and their minorities. Recommend

  • Parvez

    Arundhati Roy has written something similar but a bit stronger in the daily Dawn on Sunday 10th………………stuff like this makes one wonder as to the truth.Recommend

  • BlackJack

    Glad that these Kashmiri youth employed in the Indian public sector are allowed to vent their misguided anger on the state – at least it keeps them out of the clutches of the elements that Afzal Guru hobnobbed with. There is no justification for terrorism – once you start from that premise, your value system won’t be this shallow any longer.Recommend

  • Stranger

    Please there is no need to criticise India as a rule in each and every thing. The decision to hang him was not done in one day and by one man. A board of people usually sit and decide the fate of the prisoner. It was done with due deliberation. It was the right thing to do.Stop dreaming about a united Kashmir. Kashmiris are better off this way . Recommend

  • Akshay Saxena

    So afzal guru was forced 2 confess when he had nothing 2 do with it, if that what they really wanted to do, they would not have chosen a med student but an ordinary militant, its a surprise how does the author know so much about the innocence of Guru when the whole of india is only satisfied by hanging the wrong guy. Typical pakistani outlook i would say, a continuation of a narrative which includes being wronged during partition, being attacked in 1965 n winning the war, not violating the bengalis n loosing them 2 india in an unfair military intervention, being attacked in 1999 n still winning it, scaring away the indian army during the 2002 military stand off, not promoting islamic terrorism since the end of cold war, hafeez saeed being a law abiding citizen n not violating cease fire hundreds of times etc etc.

    Pakistani thirst for kashmir may arguably be the biggest problem that they have had since the birth of their nation, but unfortunately pak refuses 2 overcome this n focus on internal problems n flaws!Recommend

  • Chicagoan

    Mr. Maqbool: I have must ask you – do you think Kashmiri Pandits are Kashmiris too? By your logic does their persecution and ethnic cleansing – yes that’s what it was – from Kashmir give them the unfettered right to behave as Afzal Guru did, i.e. plan and execute violence against Kashmiri Muslims anwywhere they please? Would you be defending and excusing such violence from Kashmiri Pandits?Recommend

  • Manju

    One more “I am a Muslim. Other Muslims are victimized by ‘Hindu’. So, my Muslim brotherhood and so i am being victimized” article….
    Dear Mr. Shakeel Maqbool, please take a look in the Baluchistan mirror where your Muslim brotherhood is being victimized. Somehow, you shall not feel the Muslim brotherhood there….Recommend

  • Tony Singh

    @Author
    The truth is Afzal Guru, for reason financial reasons chose to pick up the gun. It was a gamble he took to make easy money and it failed.Recommend

  • Manju

    His story is the Kashmiri story and every Kashmiri relates to it.
    Every Pakistani who wants Kashmir to be a part of Pakistan would want this to be true…Recommend

  • Ganesh

    @manzar:
    Nonsense.Author must know that there is only one way to go as far as rowdism,mafia,terrorism is concerned.all Afzal Guus ogf the world can become terrorists easily but cant come out out of terrorism even if they wish to!!Now,after taking 20 lakh rupees for assisting to attack INDIAN PARLIAMENT,is he a thumb sucking child to think that the mighty Hindu state will let him off easily!!Kashmiris should thank Indian state that India has not used Helicopter Gunships or Sukhoi fighter aircrafts to destroy the backbone of terrorism in J&K unlike Russia and China which have used their war machine ruthlessly to subdue Chechnya and Xinjiang respectively!!Recommend

  • Tony Singh

    @ Author
    Perhaps you should visit the refugee camps of the kashmiri hindus you drove out. The people in the valley and the likes of you should consider yourselves lucky that unlike Afzal Guru, they have not picked up the gun. You people have created conducive environment for them to do so.Recommend

  • http://www.zaidzamanhamid.wordpress.com Zaid Hamid

    Wait… for three days Tribune has been calling him Fruit Seller… what was he?? Fruit Seller or Med-Student or a medicated fruit seller?Recommend

  • Dev

    Not surprised by his analysis, but my only disappointment is that if you want to separate yourself from India then this change should start from individual himself/herself, give up your Indian passport, give up the Indian job (which you got just because you’re from a special state) and then join any group or organization which masterminds the elements like Guru or become a rebel and seek anyone’s help to make Kashmir anything you want. I simply fail to receive one thing that if Kashmiris are with the few separatists like you (accidentally working for Indian public sector) then why don’t they contest election, may be since they know they’d be badly exposed.

    One thing which is loud and clear that India is not going to tolerate elements like Guru who kills innocent people and these shameless Indian passport holders can leave this country and can go wherever they want, on one hand they want to squeeze all Indian sponsored benefits and other hand they’d abuse India is definitely not going to happen.Recommend

  • MK-Ultra

    Congratulations Shakeel!

    You have unwittingly delegitimized any separatist fringe that you speak of by equating them and their collective sentiments with the court ordered execution of a terrorist. Even the hawks over at the Indian side will struggle to pull off such a splendid job. Recommend

  • waqar

    Thank God, finally someone got courage to write down the fact of indian media and indian state. Very well written and well elaborated. Indian state through indian media makes their lies a truth in front of the world.Recommend

  • http://www.zaidzamanhamid.wordpress.com Zaid Hamid

    if (Kashmir == Kashmir Valley && Kashmiri != non-Muslims){
    return IndependentKashmir();
    }
    else
    return ignore
    TalibansinKashmir();Recommend

  • Milestogo

    Imagine if afzal guru could be a doctor like ajmal Kasab…Recommend

  • Chaudhry

    Just love it when Indian nationalist bring out the Kashmiri Pundits card.
    A few empty houses vs. Mass graves/raped women/tortured men
    Ah yes, so insensitive of us to not pay any heed to the Pandits. Recommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk

    @Parvez:

    Arundhati Roy has written something
    similar but a bit stronger in the
    daily Dawn

    Sir, tell me the truth, does Arundhati Roy’s article in dawn qualify to be called anything but a long winded rant?Recommend

  • denzil

    This is such a heavily biased article that I am having trouble taking anything in here seriously.

    I am heavily critical of Indian democracy and other things like media, but this article just goes on to show what kind of bs people pass around in the name of opinions.

    Also, stop talking like Pakistan is such a piece of heaven! We know how much shit goes on there. Everybody should calm down and recognize what the real problems exist in their own countries before going ahead and shooting such uninformed attacks.Recommend

  • Said

    Great write up.Thoroughly enjoyed the read. Its interesting that where most Pakistanis today are sympathetic towards the Baloch who find themselves marred in a somewhat similar struggle as the Kashmiris. Most Indians (or at least the ones who troll your sites) have no sympathies with the people of Kashmir. Interestingly enough, this callous attitude extends not only to Kashmiris but to Naxals as well, who are also suffering the wrath of the Indian military. There are over 16 separatist uprisings in India but its only Kashmir that gets highlighted in their media, yet independent media from outside is not allowed to report from Kashmir. Its clear that these fellows here who are thumping their chest defending their great nation of India have been thoroughly & successfully brain washed. An alternative reality, no matter how important, is unacceptable to them. Recommend

  • http://na sandy

    Loved the response of SM – nothing to improve there. But just one theory – when religion overrides all your other identities – such as being a human being, an IT professional for instance, a citizen of a country, a father, brother, son, friend, sports person, film buff, cooking buff perhaps… when religion is your only parameter to identify yourself, life is black and blacker.
    for instance if I were to identify myself as just a hindu – I would look at the destruction of our holiest shrines at the hands of muslims, the building of mosques adjacent to some of our holiest temples, the babri masjid issue etc and feel deep resentment and anger towards any and every muslim.

    Since being hindu is just one part of my personality, I befriend muslim professionals working alongside me, I recognise his or her right to demand equal rights in my country and if he or she were to break the law, he is a criminal not because of his religion or the historic wrongs done by other muslims, but because he or she has broken the law.

    It is demoralising when leaders such as mehbooba mufti who owes her life to the Indian government saying that this hanging has increased the gulf between India and kashmir – I am sorry, I cannot forgive the man who was part of a plan to kill all our elected representatives that day in the parliament.Recommend

  • Bharat

    As an Indian one thing which baffles me is that if Indian muslims paint a picture of persecution by the Indian state and military why do they not move to Pakistan ?

    The very purpose of Pakistan was to be a state for Indian muslims

    Why did the Indian muslims dont move there now ?

    The answer is very simple. Indian muslims have double standards ,On one hand they know
    that the opportunities that they get in India,they can never dream in Pakistan.

    If Indian muslims were really persecuted ,they will move to pakistan just like Hindus in Pakistan
    come to India

    You will never hear that Indian Muslims want to move to Pakistan simply because they will
    get nothing in Pakistan and will be called Mohajirs and slaughtered.

    In India muslims are known to make a mountain out of a molehill.Recommend

  • http://na sandy

    And Shakeel, by your logic, america created osama and zawahiri, the russians created the taliban….keep finding justifications and do not introspect. Recommend

  • Anil

    Please post this ET

    @Shakeel Maqbool : Kashmir is the land of the Hindus named after Great Sage Kashyap

    Kashmir = Kashyap + Mira

    Kashmir was 100% Hindu just 8 centuries ago when Muslim Moghals like Sikandar and others forcefully converted Hindus to Islam by sword. Many Hindus at that time deliberately retained their surname like ‘Iftikar Rao‘, ‘Maqbool Bhatt(Butt)‘,’Shakeel Lone‘, ‘Afzal Guru‘ to tell their descendents that they were being forcefully converted to Islam.

    Yes, Afzal Guru’s forefathers were Hindus and so were yours Mr. Shakeel Maqbool.

    Afzal Guru was hanged because he was found guilty by the Supreme Court of India for the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament.The law took its own course over here.

    You are certainly welcome to live in India as a Law Abiding Citizen, but if you are trying to dissociate yourself from India, then why don’t you just give up your Indian Passport and of course your Job.Recommend

  • JSM

    @Chaudhry:

    You sow wind- you reap whirlwind. And you are doing it.Recommend

  • zainab

    the truth speaks for itself no matter how hard we try to deny it what is happening in kashmir is crystal clear to the whole world u destroy someone’s life humiliate them,torture them,kill them sexually abuse them do whatever u want and expect them to do what?behave sensibly.waoo this is gr8 ppl of kashmir dnt want sympathy from india.they want basic right which is entitled to every human they want freedomRecommend

  • Baig

    Shakeel maqbool hatts off to your words, feeling really sorry kashmiri adolescent, as I was shocked the moment I read about kashmiri women being raped by indian soldiers .. Recommend

  • Vikas

    India is still not free country. We have many Residents Non-Indians.Recommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    You nailed it. Indians better accept this.Recommend

  • Olga

    Why demonize Afzal Guru and worship Bhagat Singh? Is’nt that double standards? Gandhigiri karo Gandhigiri!Recommend

  • ruby

    I am Indian and agree with most of the views in the article. Recommend

  • Shameem

    The tragedy is that his execution was done for political expediency and demands for vengeance. Vengeance is not justice. In a way, his execution has served to invigorate the cause of the Kashmiris… internally, in Pakistan and globally. No need for Bhaghat Singh Chowk
    In Lahore. Just call it after Afzal Guru. We have our hero!Recommend

  • http://- Abid P. Khan

    @Anil:
    “….. just 8 centuries ago when Muslim Moghals like Sikandar and others forcefully converted Hindus to Islam …”

    .
    Which of the sword carrying Moghals was called Sikandar? Was he the one hailing from Moghalpura Railway Workshop? Recommend

  • Parvez

    @Yuri Kondratyuk: Possibly yes.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza

    @Bharat:
    Your comment is the true picture if Indian racism, hate and arrogance towards Muslim in India. No wonder this will make more Afzal. Recommend

  • gp65

    @Parvez: Not sure if you are aware that Gilani who is the leader of the Kashmir insurgency was also charged for this same crime and acquitted by the judges. If Afzal were to be falsely convicted to hurt the insurgency, why would Gilani have been acquitted? If you check you tube there are videos of Afzal speaking to TV channels where admits to working with Jaish e Mohammed to plan the bombing. Surely the TV anchor was not torturing him?

    While upholding Gilani’s acquittal, the SC had on August 4, 2005 said, “Gilani rejoiced and laughed heartily when the Delhi event was raised in the conversation.”

    “It raises serious suspicion that he was approving of the happenings in Delhi (on December 13, 2001). Moreover, he came forward with a false version that the remark was made in the context of a domestic quarrel,” the court said.

    “We can only say that his (Gilani’s) conduct, which is not only evident from this fact, but also the untruthful pleas raised by him about his contacts with Shaukat and Afzal, gave rise to serious suspicion at least about his knowledge of the incident and his tacit approval of it,” the court had said.

    “At the same time, suspicion however strong, cannot take place of legal proof. Though this conduct was not above board, the court cannot condemn him in the absence of sufficient evidence pointing unmistakably to his guilt,” it had said.Recommend

  • observer

    He was an MBBS student and had Kashmir not been a conflict zone, he might have been a successful doctor today.

    AND,

    A. Had Parliament not been attacked, children of 17 policemen would not be orphans.

    B. Had ethnic cleansing not taken place Pandits would be alive and living in their own homes.

    C. Had AJK not been there 100s of Shias of GB would still be living.

    Life is full of so many, ‘Had it not been so’ stories.Recommend

  • M Baloch

    @SM:
    Shia card won’t work here. Do you know Kashmir is only region in sub-continent where Ashura procession are banned and mourners are beaten and killed link text, they are at the same line of Taliban if not lower. I am Shia and my Shia friends in Kashmir and Gujrat (One of most peaceful communities of India is Gujrati Shias beside Gujrati parsi and Bohras )narrate worse stories than I can ever imagine in any civilised country. Face the fact, dont play divide people and hide criminal silence of Indain civil society on the carnage of Shia-Sunni Muslims in India? Recommend

  • Gary

    “To the Kashmiris, Afzal Guru represents their collective victimhood at the hands of India. His story is the Kashmiri story and every Kashmiri relates to it.”

    Every Kashmiri? Really? This whole episode just shows how much respect Islamists and terrorists have for others and the rule of law. Get real and get a life!Recommend

  • G. Din

    @observer:
    True! And, important thing to note is that neither those orphans, nor those Kashmiri Pandits nor those Shias had done anything to Sunnis, especially the one medico-wannabe, to have been forced into their conditions. That medico wannabe has paid a price for his predatory aggression with his life. When twill hose others guilty of visiting predation on their neighours, their fellow human beings be brought to justice?Recommend

  • Sital Nanavaty

    Mr. Maqbool ,
    India is a democracy so your views however distasteful should be allowed and you should speak your mind without fear . What you did not write is how rest of your Indian (friends) feel about Mr. Guru’s role in the attacks. You do not condemn the killings of the 17 policemen ! I am sure Mr. Guru knew well that once he got involved he will be hunted down and law will take its course. He chose his path as you did yours..i note you work for India’s top national company so perhaps you should be thankful of India’s hand in trying to integrate your brethern. As I understand that Kashmiri muslims are given special rights and preferential treatment in premier colleges and jobs …cast aside religious bigotry and join the Indian Mainstream.
    For proof just call across to POK and ask them how it is going for them or better yet call the hindus living in Pak. Finally.the reality is .India will not give up the valley as it is too strategic . Just won’t happen..similar to China giving up Tibet. Recommend

  • Prerna

    Exactly the same thing has happened to a countless number of Kashmiris by the Indian state – we have been denied our rights.

    And what exactly are those rights,sir. You have an education,an Indian public sector company has employed you and the Indian state has given you the freedom to write any amount of bull-shit.

    Just what are those damn rights that you speak of?Recommend

  • Insaan

    @zainab: “they want basic right which is entitled to every human they want freedom”

    what basic right, your government killed 3 million people in Bangladesh when Bangalis asked for their basic right.

    Now your govermnment is doing a Bangladesh in Baluchistan, balochis are disappearing and being beheaded in the land of pure.

    Every day people are being killed in Karachi. Think about basic rights for Ahmadis, Shias and other minorities in Pakista
    Recommend

  • Robin

    The author is making it look as if afzal did not receive a fair trail and as if the media decided that he is a terrorist and just basedn media reports and his confession he was given death sentence. He was given death sentence by not one but three courts. He was represented by the most able lawyer Ram Jethmalani himself. So there is no need to feel that he might have not got a fair trail or might not have been heard.

    And this is not the story of every Kashmiri…I have many Kashmiri friends myself who live in mainland India and they do not reflect these views.

    Columns like these serve the only purpose of misguiding many readers. I would advice all readers to read various blogs, various write ups, get more information, get yur facts straight and then decide what to believe and what not to…..

    India is one and Kashmiris are my brothers.Recommend

  • observer

    @Shameem:

    Sadly whatyou say is absolutely right. I do not question the sentence, which has been upheld by the highest court of appeal, but I do agree that the timing is suspect.

    The UPA, specifically the clueless Congress, has chickened out. But then again, they have a long history of pandering to the wrong forces- Bhindranwale, Shahbano Case, Opening of the Janmsthan Temple, Bodos and so on and so forth.Recommend

  • Maddy

    Lets see the history, during the subcontinent separation it was decided that Muslim majority areas were to be included in Pakistan and Hindu majority areas were to be part of India… Now at first, Kashmir should have been the part of Pakistan, but India snatched it from Pakistan. Now why are we fighting upon issues which occur recently. If you want solution to a problem than correct it from there where it went wrong. Kashmir should be a part of Pakistan or Independent. If India doesn’t let it go than for every consequence India is responsible for Itself…………..Recommend

  • Super Star

    India and Indians have full sympathy and support with Baloch youth who are fighting the opression of Pakistan rule in Balochistan. Thousands of innocent Baloch youth have been murdered and their bodies disappeared in unmarked mass graves. Shame on this opressionRecommend

  • observer

    @Maddy:

    Lets see the history, during the subcontinent separation it was decided that Muslim majority areas were to be included in Pakistan and Hindu majority areas were to be part of India.Now at first, Kashmir should have been the part of Pakistan, but India snatched it from Pakistan.

    This is a fairytale fed to you by your so called ‘Historians’. Here is history as it actullay happened,

    A. There was a proposal to divide ‘British’ India into Muslim Dominated areas and the rest.

    B. Muslims voted for this. And even though, the people of NWFP rejected the proposal they had no option but go to Pakistan.

    C. ‘Princely’ India, including J&K had the option of either going with India or Pakistan or remaining independent.

    D. The Maharaja of Kashmir was weighing his options when Pakistan launched an invasion in October,1947.

    E. The Maharaja asked India for help, but India refused to enter into a fight between the Riyasat of Kashmir and Pakistan.This gave the Pakistanis enough time to capture terrotory and indulge in loot and pillaging.

    F. The Maharaja then signed the Instrument of Accession merging Kashmit with India.Only then the Indian army entered Kashmir.

    In short- It is not India that ‘snatched’ Kashmir, but Pakistan that made the ‘snatch’ but did not succeed, in 1948, 1965 and 1999.

    http://www.defence.pk/forums/military-history-strategy/52393-1947-48-kashmir-war-ii.html

    http://www.kashmirlibrary.org/kashmirtimeline/kashmirchapters/1947.shtmlRecommend

  • Watan-e-Hindustan(Indian)

    What about the atrocities committed the militants and Pakistan army against Kashmiri Hindus? Why didn’t author mention these things?Recommend

  • Watan-e-Hindustan(Indian)

    Stop whining and acting as a victim Pakistanis and Muslims of Kashmir.Bigots will always whine. Recommend

  • Gujesh

    The most persecuted community in Kashmir is Kashmir Pundits. In fact, the likes of Afzal Guru shoud have come from Kashmir pundit community, and Srinagar assembly should have been bombed not the Indian Parliament if taking revenge is answer to all your problems. But hindus being peace-loving people would never resort to such violence. Everybody is having problems in this world, but attacking Govt. institutions and killing innocents is not the answer.Recommend

  • Jack(Indian)

    Kashmiri Hindus want Justice.

    Kashmiri Hindus want Justice.

    Kashmiri Hindus want Justice.

    Kashmiri Hindus want Justice.

    Kashmiri Hindus want Justice.Recommend

  • asad

    “To the Kashmiris, Afzal Guru represents their collective victimhood at the hands of India. His story is the Kashmiri story and every Kashmiri relates to it.”

    Recommend

  • observer

    @Shakeel Maqbool

    They have been told once again, loud and clear, that there is no place for Kashmir’s emotions and grievances in Indian polity.

    On the contrary, Indian treatment of Gilani, Bhatt, Yasin Malik and your own, for example, shows, that there is all the space for ‘emotions and grievances’.
    It also shows there is no space for AK47s and IEDs and Suicide Jackets.

    Let us not confuse the two.Recommend

  • Mukarram Khan

    Please call afzal Guru “Shaheed”Recommend

  • Indian

    Open letter to Prime minister of India.

    Indian government unfortunately is acting in a delayed manner in punishing the perpetrators of terror.More needs to be done to punish the terrorists and bring back confidence among India’s civilian society.

    What Indian government is doing is not sufficient to satisfy the collective consciousness of Indian public.I hope Indian government understands it and tighten its laws.We don’t want India to become a banana republic.

    Our courts are letting off lots of terrorists this should not happen.

    India should have laws such as America and Israel to deal with terrorists. Recommend

  • Dr. Dang

    @Author : Who are you & How can you prove that he was forced to confess.
    Just because you can write does not mean you make sense.Recommend

  • Sane

    British Raj did similar things, which resulted India to break in 1947. More they do such atrocities nearer shall be the Kashmir freedom. Long live Maqbool But Shaeed and Afzal Goroo Shahhed and thousand of unsung heroes of Kashmir.Recommend

  • Nihari

    @gp65:

    Loved how Parvez blew off your offer to interact with him via email. But the pursuit continues. Recommend

  • Nihari

    Cougars on the prowlRecommend

  • abdul

    the supreme court did not find any evidence linking him directly or indirectly to the attacks. read the verdict guys, that is why they had to say that thing about the collective conscience. they hanged an innocent man even by their own standards.Recommend

  • http://facebook.com/pseudointellctual Zaib

    Allah Bless him. Recommend

  • http://gujrat RAW is WAR

    you cannot call somebody doctor, because he beheads people.Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    @SM:
    Why split hairs! In Kashmir, there is an occupation power and the people of Kashmir. What poitical and religious affiliation they possess has no relevance for the occupation power. Indian constitution does not regard Kashmir as part of India.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Rex Minor

    @Anil:
    Knowledge is always a bliss. The people who lived thousands of years ago were several races of migrants from the central Asia. The name Hindu is the lowest denomination which was given them by the Muslims and the name Indian is the lowest denomination which the anglo saxon coloniaist give to the natives they found in foreign lands. Hindus who converted to Islam took over the arabic names and those who did not simply copied part of the name to unload he buren of the low caste which the Brahmins allocated to them. Nothing personal, for more study history.
    This sample was free of cost.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Abbas, ZA

    It is such an irresponsible article! Should the society of Pakistan and this narrow minded author be asked : How many militants in Ahmadis, Hindus and Hazaras would Pakistan have made for its atrocities against hindus and Hazaras in their native land?? So where is the mistake? Recommend

  • Rashid

    Why so much noise about Afzal Guru’s execution on a Pakistani newspaper? Was he a Pakistani? I hope not. Recommend

  • Rex Minor

    @Tony Singh:

    And pray, where are the refugee camps of kashmiri Hindus? Thanks.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Kashmiri Pandit

    truth be told, we are the original Kashmiris. Kashmir is named after our ancestor sage kashyap. We wrote the first histories in Sanskrit: Rajatarangin; in chaste Sanskrit. We had world’s best Sanskrit poets like Kalhnna and Bilhana. We created many of India’s philosophies, like Kashmiri Saivism. Wdwrote the world’s most influential book of stories, the Pancatantra.

    A Kashmiri Pandit-not Arab, not tuok not afghani but theoriginal KashmiriRecommend

  • rehmat

    @Rex Minor: “@Tony Singh:
    And pray, where are the refugee camps of kashmiri Hindus? Thanks.
    Rex Minor”

    In Delhi amongst other places http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-20/delhi/323343901pandits-kashmiri-refugee-camps. If you google search with the word Kashmiri pandit camp – you should have no trouble finding this information.Recommend

  • joy

    dear author: I won’t comment on what you have written. all I suggest is please read the following books and you might be prompted to write another blog ( that is if your conscience will be stirred )
    Descent into Chaos………….by Ahmed Rashid
    Talibanisation of Pakistan…….Imtiaz Gul
    No Higher Honour…………Condoleza Rice
    and pls go through Tariq Ali”s interviews about Pakistan..these are freely available on youtubeRecommend

  • Jat

    @Nihari: @gp65:

    Loved how Parvez blew off your offer to interact with him via email. But the pursuit continues.

    How can you say such a thing ? It is in bad taste.Recommend

  • http://- Abid P. Khan

    @Jat:
    “How can you say such a thing ? It is in bad taste.”

    .
    Never knew that after introducing 3D next would be smell and taste in emails.
    .
    And after that emails could become a “Reality Show”! Waah waah,
    science ke karishme.
    Recommend

  • Nuzhat shah

    @shakeel maqbool, i fully agree with you. Afzal guru,s hanging is the hanging of whole kashmir. He was innocent. His hanging has once again reminded kashmir’s that nothing has changed since two decades. Kashmir still boils as it was in early 90′s. After the hanging of innocent afzal guru whole kashmir was put under siege. Indain controlled kashmir has been under curfew for 8 days, everything is shut down, locked up , besieged. Newspapers have been seized, news channels banned, people not allowef to travel except if you have a bullet in your body and are still breathing inside an ambulance. the country that needs to impose a curfew every time it fears what it calls ‘unrest’ in a region that it claims as an integral part should by now have learned that it is not an integral part. it never was.
    I do not blame the indian people for all this because they only know what their media and leaders display but unfortunately they never know the real pain and agony of kashmiris. Their media rampage when a innocent girl is raped in delhi, over which kashmiris also feel pain but indian media never had a courage to show to their country that more than 9000 womens in kashmir have been raped by the so called security forces.
    I believe that a day will come when indian people will never forgive themselves for what their political system is doing in kashmir. After all we are all humans and we all have emotions and a good heart to feel.Recommend

  • Nuzhat shah

    strong text@shakeel maqbool, i fully agree with you. Afzal guru,s hanging is the hanging of whole kashmir. He was innocent. His hanging has once again reminded kashmir’s that nothing has changed since two decades. Kashmir still boils as it was in early 90′s. After the hanging of innocent afzal guru whole kashmir was put under siege. Indain controlled kashmir has been under curfew for 8 days, everything is shut down, locked up , besieged. Newspapers have been seized, news channels banned, people not allowef to travel except if you have a bullet in your body and are still breathing inside an ambulance. the country that needs to impose a curfew every time it fears what it calls ‘unrest’ in a region that it claims as an integral part should by now have learned that it is not an integral part. it never was.
    I do not blame the indian people for all this because they only know what their media and leaders display but unfortunately they never know the real pain and agony of kashmiris. Their media rampage when a innocent girl is raped in delhi, over which kashmiris also feel pain but indian media never had a courage to show to their country that more than 9000 womens in kashmir have been raped by the so called security forces.
    I believe that a day will come when indian people will never forgive themselves for what their political system is doing in kashmir. After all we are all humans and we all have emotions and a good heart to feel.Recommend

  • Mumbai Jaaz

    @Nuzhat shah: My dear Kashmiri brother, here is where you loose all credibility and any sympathy. The 9000 raped ( still better than 100000 as some Pakistanis quote ) , may I ask how do you come up with that kind of a figure ? even super power like USA are not spared when they clicked nude photos of the prisoners held during their war on terror. Are you suggesting that India has such a strong clout over the world that a 9000 rape by arms personal will go unnoticed by the world ? Have you realized or given a thought on why the world does not pay attention to Kashimiri cause ? Cause world is smarter to understand the difference between propaganda and facts. Kashmiris are the biggest reason for harming their own cause.
    That said even if 9 women raped or even 1 had been ever raped by anyone whether security personal or common citizen is a punishable offence and I for one would like those morons hanged.
    I am not trying to underplay the sufferings Kashmiris have to go through neither do I agree with your assessment. Armies are meant for borders and not to police a town. In war time or war like time they psychy is just full of aggression which leads to heavy handedness and sometimes oppressive behavior.
    Unfortunately Indian army have to be in Kashmir because Pakistan is not a country of fair play and will do anything like it did in 47 and in 65 to take away Kashmir.
    We already have lost quite many good people and severed our limbs by breaking away land in name of religion. Do you seriously believe that India will ever again let any territory go away in name of religion or ethnicity ? Will any current nation do that ? Is Pakistan ready to listen to the will of Balochis and let them be independent ?
    @Author : What I said here goes for you too. Maybe Indian media demonized Afzal Guru. Maybe he did not deserved to be hanged. But by reporting to violence he has put your own cause in harm’s way.Recommend

  • awellwisher

    I think a more valid question is “how did the Kashmiris allow Pakistan to convert some of their youth into violent Islamist terrorists who rejoice in killing innocent people”.Recommend

  • Insaan

    @Chaudhry: A few empty houses vs. Mass graves/raped women/tortured men

    Majority of deaths in Kashmir have been caused by Pakistanis directly or indirectly. Your government has been playing Kargil there for the last 65 years.
    You are now killing Shias. Soon you will start blaming Indian agents for killing Shias.
    Pakistanis killed 3 million people in East Pakistan/Bangladesh. Pakistan is responsible for majority of deaths in Afghanistan in the last 30 years.

    Why every Afghani Muslim hates Pakistanis?Recommend

  • shaik

    @Anil:
    please read and understand indian history for the last 5000 years.there was no hinduism in india, it was aryans who migrated from central asia 5thousand years ago and occupied northern india and driven out natives who were known as dasyas and made this country as hindu country with all their might.pl note many mulim rulers were seculer.Recommend

  • shaik

    @Anil: Recommend

  • Amit shakir

    I m still surprised that india is going in a right way. Any other nation like USA, would have hanged him in 2004 itself….. Recommend