Religion and the Value of life

Rajeev Srinivasan, the Rediff.com columnist, often talks about how Hindu life is devalued in India (and elsewhere). If there were any doubts about that, they should be laid to rest by this Reuters report of thousands of Kashmiris protesting youth killings:

Kashmir Youth Killed

Kashmiris gather around the bodies of nine-year-old Aamir Akbar (front) and eight-year-old Shakir Ahmad (rear). (Pic from the Reuters report).

Thousands of people in Indian Kashmir staged protests against the army on Thursday, a day after four youths were killed in a shooting incident, police and witnesses said.

Police on Wednesday said the four, aged between 8 and 18, were killed when gunmen and soldiers exchanged fire in Doodipora village, near Handwara town, 80 km (50 miles) north of Srinagar, the summer capital of India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.

But protesters and villagers blamed the army for the killings.

The Indian army denied it was to blame, and said militants were responsible for the killings, which it says happened during a search operation for rebel fighters.

A separatist insurgency has raged in the region since 1989, killing tens of thousands of people.

An army statement said that two of the dead, who it added were both aged 20, were targeted by militants.

“Terrorists specifically targeted Samad Mir, a known worker of (militant group) Lashkar-e-Taiba … along with Shaikh Alam presuming that these two would provide information to the army about the location of the hiding terrorists,” an army statement said.

I don’t intend to disrespect the deaths of these kids. But, how many Hindu kids have been killed by terrorists in Kashmir since 1989? Have we seen anyone in Kashmir protest against that? Utter a word against that?

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One Response to “Religion and the Value of life”

  1. sameer Says:

    Now this speaks about the grungy and out-right bais you seem to harbour against humanity. While on one hand you say that you don’t mean to dis-respect the dead kids, you ask if kashmiris protested at all for hindu kids killed in the valley.

    Interesting arguement. But spare a thought gentleman. These are 9 yr olds. Not more than 1000 hindus have been killed in the valley while the sheer number of Muslims who perished in the past decade has been close to 50,000. And read a unbaised broad-sheet to learn that these things are not flukes. They have recurred with an amazing regularity.

    Nothing but pity on you

    Sam

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