A community in an unstable area does not get along with the law enforcement agency. The law enforcement agency increases the extent of its powers to better control the crime rate in the community. This leads to more unrest, more resentment.
Slowly, the feeling of victimhood present in the community stops being latent and starts to surface. The law enforcement agency, which exists to serve the people, now has become a source of fear and anger.
They say great ideas travel around the world. Throughout history we find instances of discoveries and inventions being made at the same time, in two different parts of the world, without any communication between them whatsoever. Those are ideas whose time had come.
Maybe it’s the same with bad ideas too. Bad ideas to shoot innocent men and women doing nothing except trying to lead normal lives. Bad ideas to act on your prejudices based on race, caste, profession, religion. Bad ideas to ruin lives.
You know what? I don’t know if I’m talking about Black Lives Matter or Kashmir.
Both of these issues are inherently complicated by history and politics. As an outsider, I can only want to respect the police force and the army for risking their lives to do their jobs. As an outsider, I can only point in horror at the atrocities being faced by some communities because of some police and army men. As an outsider, I can only want to do what is human, what is kind. But, as an outsider, I don’t know what would be human, what would be kind. I don’t know how to move forward from here.
This onlooker is not amused.