From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, political class in the country was under the attack of social media users for not speaking up over the violence in Kashmir after the killing of militant Burhan Wani.
Except Congress president Sonia Gandhi who issued a statement on Monday morning, top leaders from most political parties have remained silent. “There can be no compromise on matters relating to national security. Terrorism must be dealt with firmly and forcefully,” Gandhi said in a statement.
“… Even so, the death of so many of our brethren is very painful. The political process has made many gains in J-K over the last two decades particularly and these must not get lost,” she said.
The Congress president also appealed to people in the Valley to allow political parties to find “durable and enduring ways” of fulfilling their aspirations in a peaceful and democratic manner, three days after violence erupted in the valley.
Rahul Gandhi’s whose last tweet from his handle, @OfficeOfRG, was on July 6 wishing everyone Eid Mubarak, was also criticised on Twitter.
While Modi is on a five-day, four-nation tour of Africa, he has tweeted regularly on his itinerary and bilateral meetings with different heads of states. He has also spoken on a variety of issues at home but no word on the situation in Kashmir.
At the University of Nairobi on Sunday, Modi said, “We must condemn those who give shelter to terrorists and use them as political instruments.” Parallels have been drawn with the fact that Barack Obama was in Europe when the Dallas killings took place, but he instantly spoke out on the need for calm.
“PM Modi should make a statement on Kashmir violence from Africa. Would be the right thing to do--and optics do matter,” author Minhaz Merchant tweeted on Monday evening.
The BJP is part of the coalition government in the state but party president Amit Shah has not spoken on the issue either. Top leaders of other political parties haven’t been forthcoming with their views on this issue, either.