Be Wary of the Legend of Burhan Wani


Be Wary of the Legend of Burhan Wani

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré


or the past few days, I have been travelling across the south, but my mind, like that of the rest of the nation, has been firmly fixed on you, the people of my homeland in the deep north.

Every hour or so my phone lights up with reports which insist on putting the troubles that plague you, in juvenile shades of black and white – those that either proclaim Burhan Wani as a martyr or brand him a terrorist. What they don’t understand is your troubles exist in grey. So much blood has flown with the melting snow over the black tar of your roads that there is no room for absolutes. There is only a deep, heaving mass of grey where your green Valley once breathed.