Kashmiri Are Suffering From “Selective Dementia”, Top General Claims

SRINAGAR: Amid the killings of non-locals in Kashmir, former GOC 15 Corps and Director General of Defence Intelligence Agency and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, Lt General K J S Dhillon has accused Kashmiris of “selective dementia”

15 Corps Commander Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon along with Additional Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Zulfiqar Hasan, DGP Dilbagh Singh and IGP Kashmir SP Pani addressed a joint press conference at army’s 15 Corps headquarters Badami Bagh in Srinagar on Friday, August 2, 2019. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Dhillon has questioned the ‘silence’ of Kashmir’s majority community over the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley, as per a report published by Telegraph India.

Speaking during a webinar, Dhillon wondered whether the word “Kashmiri” runs the risk of being treated as a pejorative similar to “Paki” if they do not condemn the killings of non-Muslims in the valley, the report said.

The general said, “We are a democratic country where we have a right to dissent, to express our feelings. We have the right to (have our own) feelings but whenever there is a killing by terrorists, selective dementia happens.”

Lt Gen Dhillon said “Paki” (Pakistani) was an abuse in the West, and he asked Kashmiris whether they wanted to become “a society like that”.

“Where you are called a name… but it is an abuse. Are we heading that way? Do we need to go that way? We have a 5000-year-plus rich history, which is peaceful co-existence, Kashmiriyat, insaniyat (humanity) and Sufiyat (Sufism),” he said.

Lt Gen Dhillon said 66 per cent of the population of Kashmir was below 32 years of age and they could be referred to as “children of conflict”. He said there was a need to “understand their psychology”.

“They were born and brought up during the gun culture, strikes, curfews and crackdowns. They have grown up with a scar on their psychology. They have grown through radicalization and propaganda,” the officer was quoted by The Telegraph as saying.

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