Srinagar, July 14: In Indian administrated Kashmir, on Martyrs’ Day, social networking sites especially Facebook and Twitter were flooded with people uploading messages praising the martyrs of July 13, 1931, and the mission laid down by them.Due to the restrictions imposed by the authorities, people, mostly youth, were stuck to social networking sites to observe the Martyrs’ Day. A lot of people not only uploaded messages and images on social networking sites to remember the martyrs but also used the social web sites as a medium to express their anger and criticism against the pro-India politicians.Reported by KMS
“Now the same politicians, who represent the iron fisted autocratic state, claim exclusive right over July 13 martyrs while barricading and locking up the same commoners whose rights the martyrs laid their lives fighting for. While these politicians present a customary salute to the Kashmir martyrs on 13th July each year with a guard of honour, the same politicians can be found at a later date, in some other ceremony, showering praises on the same autocratic rulers against whom the 13th July martyrs fought and laid lives,” Saadut Hussain, a Facebook user posted in Kashmir Solidarity Network.
As it has become a routine now for the authorities to impose restrictions on 13th of July every year, but it was criticised by many on social networking sites. “13th July, the Martyrs Day in Kashmir marks the mass killing of Kashmiris by the Maharaja’s firing squad outside the central jail in 1931. Ever since I gained consciousness, there has always been a curfew on this day. The curfew, officially or unofficially in place, prevents people from honouring their dead and commemorating the sacrifice of their ancestors in the process of overthrowing an oppressive regime,” wrote Gowhar Fazili.
The overall activities in Kashmir on social networking sites were abuzz with people writing about the mission these martyrs laid their lives for. Many users wrote that such kinds of assassinations are still continuing in Kashmir. “Martyrs of July 13, 1931 are waiting for the day when Kashmir accomplishes their mission and reaches its destiny,” wrote Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain.
Umer Wani, a Facebook user wrote, “Years have proved that the assassination policies have not finished in Kashmir. Kashmiris wish to be martyrs and are not scared of death. The resistance will continue until victory or martyrdom.”