One does not come across, or get to know about, all officers of security forces operating in Kashmir. Some have been accused of the violation of human rights, some of them tried and condemned. We often get surprised to see many top Generals turning peaceniks after hanging boots but this transformation does not happen overnight. Some of them were probably peaceniks, in their own ways, all along the while in combat fatigue with the gun slinging down the shoulder.
In recent times two videos have surfaced which one would expect the rights defenders like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to showcase the ideal battlefield playbook.
In a situation such as the aftermath of Pulwama attack when many ultra-nationalists have taken to arson and rioting to pour their anger out, it needs extraordinary patience and civility for an Army officer to go right there in the battlefield with concern for the rights of innocent people.
This video, from South Kashmir, of a Commanding Officer counselling a group of Kashmiris to stay away from encounter sites promises to make you emotional when you hear the conversation happening in backdrop of Pulwama attack which claimed over 40 lives of paramilitary soldiers. This officer appears to have converted his anger into strength of patience.
Earlier last year another video of a brief conversation triggered a massive debate on our YouTube channel where the latest analytics show over 900 netizens having taken part in actual debate while half a million engaged with the video.
The mainstream media, on both sides of dangerous and avoidable ideological divide, is less likely to show Kashmir and rest of India and the world such conversations.
Screen grab of YouTube analytics showing massive netizen interest in this conversation inside an Army camp in South Kashmir