An ineffectual directive

The Supreme Court direction to the State governments to take prompt action to prevent ‘incidents of assault, threat, social boycott and such other egregious acts’ against Kashmiris in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack is unlikely to have an impact until the popular anger over the heinous killings of CRPF men subsides in due course. One cannot fight against human nature.

Editorialists can pontificate against the folly of further alienating the Kashmiris, but seen from a wider perspective it occurs every time people are aroused by the sheer egregiousness of an incident. It is regrettable but inevitable for a section of the highly emotional people to react following a particularly gruesome attack.

Why, not only in the case of Kashmiris, ordinary people have vent their angry spleen whenever an individual has indulged in a an outrageous act against a member of the group. Sometime ago, people in Surat set upon Biharis when one of them raped and killed a child. Quavering in fear, Biharis rushed home till things returned to normal.

It is notable that most people involved in physical attacks and verbal abuse of Kashmiris are youths in educational institutions and hostels while their elders have registered protest against Pulwama by token banning of their entry and stay in hotels and private hostels. No people are devoid of the natural instinct to wreak revenge against heinous attacks.

Even the western nations are no stranger to people attacking whole groups when one of them perpetrates a gruesome crime. While Supreme Court did well to issue the directive, time alone will douse the fire of anger and revenge for a return to normalcy after Pulwama. Lest you consider this justifying violence, we do condemn the post-Pulwama incidents but crave for better appreciation of the human nature.

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