Sinha led delegation rakes up ‘exam issue’ with Geelani, gets answer on spot

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat ConferenceThursday said that 3 members of the delegation headed by former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha, today called on the octogenarian chairperson of APHC, Syed Ali Geelani at 10 am at his Hyderpora residence.

The group included Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, Senior Journalist Bharat Bhushan and Executive Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation Shashooba Barway.

The statement issued by APHC quoted the delegation members as having said, “Delegation stressed upon the issue of education and were of the opinion that students should not lose one complete academic year and government authorities are also worried about it.”

Geelani reiterated to the delegation that no sane person can oppose or deny the importance of education. “We believe that education is one of the basic necessities for not only nation building but for the individual self as well. It is only the light of education by which one can know his creator and himself, but at the same time this fact cannot be ignored and denied that education can only thrive in a calm, peaceful and dignified atmosphere, as mere attending the school may sooth the eyes of perpetrators and their jingoistic media may capture them in their lenses to portray an illusionary breakthrough, but these innocent kids will be far from getting their education as they are mentally and psychologically disturbed and terrified.”

The Hurriyat patriarch said that ensuring peace and calm is the constitutional responsibility of those holding reins of power with Lacs of armed forces, police and paramilitary muscle in addition to the bureaucratic authority supported by “legal” tools.

“It is ironical that these so-called authoritative voices knock the doors of common and innocent people who are at the receiving end of their aggression and are killed, butchered, maimed, humiliated and crushed by none other than these so-called peace seekers. These stooges after this widespread death and destruction continue to harass them, put them in notorious interrogation centers where they are being beastly treated. They plug their hair, burn their sensitive parts with gas lighters and beat them to pulp. All this mayhem and ruthless dance of death has never shacked their sold out consciousness and forced them to at least condole and feel sorry for this barbarism. But Education is their prime concern and the expected loss of one academic year of students gives them sleepless nights. This is only to befool the people and safeguard their own ministerial berths.”

The Hurriyat chairperson asked, “How can a student wholeheartedly attend his school when his close relatives, father, brother, cousin, friends, neighbours and classmates are the worst sufferers of the state-terrorism and are either in the graveyard, or admitted in hospitals, or slapped with PSAs or tortured in police stations and interrogation centers. If the authorities are really concerned and bothered about the education, they should release all people including students, withdraw the cases against them, stop police vigil, put an end to the barbarism, night raids and allow peaceful demonstrations which will help in creating a conducive and peaceful atmosphere. Exams can be deferred so that students can get time to prepare and prove their worth on their own. It should be followed by concrete measures to address the root cause and ‘mother of all evils’ – the illegal and forced Indian occupation. Otherwise beating the drum of education is nothing but mockery and imperialistic designs to strengthen this unwanted occupation.”

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