Healing touch: providing safety to Kashmiri students

 

 

 

Healing touch: providing safety to Kashmiri students

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Pulwama attack 2019
Kashmiri students elsewhere must be reassured of their personal safety
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition(याचिका ) seeking(मांग/अनुसरण करना) directions(दिशा-निर्देश) to educational institutions to protect(रक्षा करना/बचाना) Kashmiris in the face of harassment(उत्पीड़न ) and intimidation(धमकी/डराना) in various(विभिन्न ) parts of the country after the ghastly(भयावह ) terror attack in Pulwama on February 14. Hundreds of Kashmiri students, primarily(मुख्य रूप से) from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, have already returned home or moved to Delhi or Jammu seeking safety. Amid these reports, the Union Home Ministry had on Saturday issued(जारी की) an advisory(सलाह) to all States and Union Territories to ensure(सुनिश्चित ) the safety of Kashmiris. The Jammu and Kashmir police too have set up helplines. It is to be hoped(आशा ) that these measures(उपायों) will be strengthened(मजबूत किया/दृढ़ करना), especially(खासकर ) with the Supreme Court now hearing(सुनवाई) the issue(मुद्दे ). It needs to be made clear by the State and Central governments that there will be no compromise(समझौता/सुलह) on the State’s responsibility(जिम्मेदारी ) to ensure the well-being of citizens. Equally(समान रूप से), there needs to be stern(कड़ी ) action(कार्रवाई) against(खिलाफ ) the mobs(उपद्रवी आदमी की भीड़/नीच मनुष्य लोग) that harassed(परेशान/तंग करना) and tried(कोशिश की) to frighten Kashmiris. The Uttarakhand police arrested 22 students on Tuesday for trying to have Kashmiri students expelled(निष्कासित ) from their college, but there have been other similar(समरूप) instances(उदाहरण). It will be a cause(कारण/वजह) for lasting shame if young people studying in different parts of the country were sought(मांग ) to be isolated(अलग-थलग ), and their ethnic identity(जातीय पहचान ) headlined to make them targets of majoritarian mobs looking to avenge a terrorist attack. Law and order must prevail, and the students must be given enough confidence that they can return to their educational institutions(शैक्षिक संस्थान) and studies without fear(डर ).

However(हालाँकि), occurrences(घटनाएं ) such as these, of communally(सामुदायिक रूप से) charged attacks, cannot be forgotten with the mere return to a semblance(दिखावा/झलक) of normalcy(सामान्यता ) . No group of Indians should be allowed to be isolated by blame-calling mobs, and the situation demands(स्थिति ) a strong, politically-led initiative(पहल/उपक्रम) to end the intimidation(भयभीत/धमकी) and reassure(आश्वस्त करें) the victims(पीड़ितों ). Given this, it is regrettable(खेदजनक ) that members of the Narendra Modi Cabinet have either been in denial(इनकार ) or have infused(उल्लंघन/उत्तेजित करना) ambiguity(अस्पष्टता/संदिग्धता) into their statements of reassurance. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, for instance, on Wednesday said outright that there had been no such harassment. Equally disturbing, he prefaced(पूर्वनिर्धारित ) his remarks with a reference to “a tremendous(जबरदस्त ) reaction(प्रतिक्रिया) of anger in the country about the Pulwama incident”. The fact(तथ्य/सत्य) is that many Kashmiris have already fled Dehradun, and some of them have shared their stories. Mr. Javadekar, as HRD Minister, should address their feeling(भावना) of insecurity(असुरक्षा ), instead(बजाय) of being dismissive(बर्खास्त/खारिज ) about it, and in the process allowing the mobs a free pass. Moreover, the fact that anti-Pakistan(पाकिस्तान विरोधी) sloganeering(नारेबाजी ) can so easily(आसानी) slip into anti-Kashmiri rhetoric(बयानबाजी ) must bother civil society and politicians of all hues. Even if the attacks are isolated, the counter-argument must come from across the political spectrum, and in one voice: that all Kashmiris enjoy all protections and rights available to them as Indian citizens.

 

Important Vocabulary

1. Petition(याचिका )
Synonyms: application, prayer, request, suit, address

2. intimidation(धमकी/डराना)
Synonyms: coercion, frightening, browbeating, cowing, daunting

3. ensure(सुनिश्चित )
Synonyms: assure, establish, insure, protect, provide
Antonyms: endanger, harm, hurt, injure, contradict

4. measures(उपायों)
Synonyms: part, quota, allotment, allowance, amount
Antonyms: extreme, unimportance, whole, ignorance, inaction

5. mobs( भीड़/उपद्रवी लोग)
Synonyms: clan, crowd, flock, gang, horde
Antonyms: individual, single

6. instances(उदाहरण)
Synonyms: detail, example, item, occasion, occurrence

7. harassed(परेशान/तंग करना)
Synonyms: burn, hassle, heckle, hound, intimidate
Antonyms: aid, assist, delight, encourage, help

8. expelled(निष्कासित
Synonyms: dislodge, drive out, evacuate, remove, belch
Antonyms: absorb, admit, allow, permit, take in

9. cause(कारण/वजह)
Synonyms: element, explanation, matter, motivation, motive
Antonyms: discouragement, effect, result, conclusion, finish

10. occurrences(घटनाएं
Synonyms: accident, circumstance, episode, existence, incidence
Antonyms: denial, reality, refusal

11. initiative(पहल/उपक्रम)
Synonyms: action, drive, leadership, push, ambition
Antonyms: apathy, cowardice, idleness, inactivity, indifference

12. tremendous(जबरदस्त
Synonyms: amazing, astounding, awesome, colossal, dreadful
Antonyms: bad, believable, common, commonplace, conventional

13. insecurity(असुरक्षा ),
Synonyms: self-doubt, uncertainty, doubt, hesitancy, indecision

14. dismissive(बर्खास्त/खारिज )
Synonyms: cocky, bloated, boastful, cavalier, conceited
Antonyms: humble, meek, modest, sad, sorry

15. rhetoric(बयानबाजी
Synonyms: hyperbole, oratory, address, balderdash, bombast
Antonyms: quiet, conciseness

 

 

 

Credit To The Hindu News Paper

Kashmiri students elsewhere must be reassured of their personal safety
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition seeking directions to educational institutions to protect Kashmiris in the face of harassment and intimidation in various parts of the country after the ghastly terror attack in Pulwama on February 14. Hundreds of Kashmiri students, primarily from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, have already returned home or moved to Delhi or Jammu seeking safety. Amid these reports, the Union Home Ministry had on Saturday issued an advisory to all States and Union Territories to ensure the safety of Kashmiris. The Jammu and Kashmir police too have set up helplines. It is to be hoped that these measures will be strengthened, especially with the Supreme Court now hearing the issue. It needs to be made clear by the State and Central governments that there will be no compromise on the State’s responsibility to ensure the well-being of citizens. Equally, there needs to be stern action against the mobs that harassed and tried to frighten Kashmiris. The Uttarakhand police arrested 22 students on Tuesday for trying to have Kashmiri students expelled from their college, but there have been other similar instances. It will be a cause for lasting shame if young people studying in different parts of the country were sought to be isolated, and their ethnic identity headlined to make them targets of majoritarian mobs looking to avenge a terrorist attack. Law and order must prevail, and the students must be given enough confidence that they can return to their educational institutions and studies without fear.

However, occurrences such as these, of communally charged attacks, cannot be forgotten with the mere return to a semblance of normalcy. No group of Indians should be allowed to be isolated by blame-calling mobs, and the situation demands a strong, politically-led initiative to end the intimidation and reassure the victims. Given this, it is regrettable that members of the Narendra Modi Cabinet have either been in denial or have infused ambiguity into their statements of reassurance. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, for instance, on Wednesday said outright that there had been no such harassment. Equally disturbing, he prefaced his remarks with a reference to “a tremendous reaction of anger in the country about the Pulwama incident”. The fact is that many Kashmiris have already fled Dehradun, and some of them have shared their stories. Mr. Javadekar, as HRD Minister, should address their feeling of insecurity, instead of being dismissive about it, and in the process allowing the mobs a free pass. Moreover, the fact that anti-Pakistan sloganeering can so easily slip into anti-Kashmiri rhetoric must bother civil society and politicians of all hues. Even if the attacks are isolated, the counter-argument must come from across the political spectrum, and in one voice: that all Kashmiris enjoy all protections and rights available to them as Indian citizens.

 

 

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