Just a few weeks ago, the twitter almost exploded when a video surfaced showing an army soldier being attacked by the Kashmiris. People were so agitated that they stopped at nothing in calling out the Kashmiris. They even went on to call them terrorists!! Obviously, whether the acts of the Kashmiris are worthy of this tag is a debate in itself but I’m still waiting for the same reaction of the people on these attacks too! Because isn’t everything just the same?
They were Indian security personnel (like in Kashmir) trying to do their duties peacefully (like in Kashmir). The attacks were unprovoked (like in Kashmir) and were by the citizens of India(as in Kashmir).Then why was there so much outrage over the Kashmir matter and why is there not enough now?
Just a month back Chattisgarh was in news for a Naxal attack. 12 CRPF personnel was killed at the time. Maybe 12 is not that big a number, maybe that’s why people did not care too much. But on Monday 26 CRPF jawans were martyred in an encounter with the Naxals.Again. Now the question is, is this a number big enough for the people to react? Is it a number game at all? Or is it the game of states? Do our reactions and cries vary from state to state?
For those who don’t have any idea what we are talking about, on Monday 26 CRPF jawans were killed in an encounter with the Maoists in the Sukma district. The jawans were patrolling a new road under construction in the area. The Maoists started shooting at the jawan from a hilltop.
K Vijay Kumar, the senior security adviser on Left-Wing Extremism in the home ministry, told TOI:
“This particular area is the tri-junction of Naxal activities in three states. Sukma has seen a lot of road construction in the last couple of years and Naxals see this as their biggest enemy. CRPF, which is playing a major role in road construction in Chhattisgarh, is often coming under attack.
If these roads are constructed, there will be schools, hospitals, government infrastructure and basic amenities for the locals and Naxals’ basic philosophy will take a back seat.“
He added,”They are feeling threatened and that’s why they are indulging in targeted attacks on CRPF.”
Even though these two areas have completely different issues, the consequences are very much the same. In the end, the only ones who are sandwiched in these acts of extremism are the security personnel. They are the ones losing their lives, be it Kashmir or Chhattisgarh.
“What is different is only the level of sensationalization that their deaths cause. While a soldier as much as being kicked at in Kashmir becomes a nationwide cause for a debate, a CRPF jawan losing his life in an attack with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh just manages to find a spot in the daily news.”