Kani jang is not new experience for Kashmir and its people. For last more than six decades stone pelting had been the ultimate weapon of Kashmiri anger at any point of conflict arising out of intimidation. In real sense resorting to stone throwing as a weapon for defence and defiance is manifestation of volcanic eruptions of extreme dissent. Except, for last two decades, when only guns were roaring and ruling the valley, ultimate warheads with innocent Kashmiries against injustice were stones. In fifties when late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was depose from Prime Ministership of Jammu and Kashmir, slogans and ultimately the stones were the only weapon in the arsenal of Kashmiri people which represented the intense anger emerging out of inflicted insult and disregard for their mandate. Down the memory lane, during Maharaja’s autocratic rule on the historic day of 13 of July 1931 Kashmiri people expressed their extreme resentment against the Maharaja’s autocracy by pelting stones out side Srinagar central jail and twenty two innocent Kashmiries were martyred by the bullets showered in retaliation by then Governor Rai-Zada Trelok Chand. At that time, innocent patriotic Kasshmiri people who expressed their anger with stones and some of them who embraced martyrdom were passed on as miscreants, waging war against the state by the Maharaja and his cronies. This historic incident proved to be the watershed in shaping the Kashmir struggle against the autocracy. Many leaders and political houses are the out come of this incident of stone versus bullet or in other words people’s voice versus autocracy. So, stone pelting or throwing is not a new happening in Kashmir or for that matter in the whole sub-continent. It has always been the expression of anger by unarmed people against subjugation, exploitation, deprivation, bullying and any extra push towards the wall by their tormentors.
The present stone throwing scenario on the streets of Kashmir is multi faceted; it has many dimensions and implications. Mainly it is purely people’s anger but at occasions vitiated impressions of exploitation are quite visible and evident. The present governing political dispensation and the political setup on the other side of the fence are equally responsible for exploiting this age old weapon of resentment to suit their own political and other reprehensible agenda. At any moment of agitation or crisis many people either behave as miscreants on the command and control of their bosses or are on prowl to exploit the situation for their own advantage. The present situation can be no different and apparently such elements may have infiltrated to turn the path of real anger of poor Kashmiries, particularly the younger generation to suit their own interests and that of their masters. The people who are crying hoarse are some were directly or indirectly involved in escalating this crisis and want either to get extra mileage out of it or want to invite bad name for these innocent young people for their own political interests.