Kashmir Unrest: Hurriyat chairman Geelani has bandh calendar for every school except that of his grandchild

Over the last three weeks, a number of government school buildings were set on fire by unidentified people in Kashmir with the latest such incident occurring in Baramulla.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: October 28, 2016 4:20 pm
kashmir-school-759 Geelani’s grandchild studies in DPS Srinagar. (File)

AMID A shutdown spearheaded by the Hurriyat across Kashmir, following the killing of militant Burhan Wani in July, 573 students of Delhi Public School in Srinagar appeared for their internal exams this month at an indoor stadium inside a high-security zone in the city with assistance from the J&K government. Among those who attended the exams for DPS students of classes 9 and 10 in the Civil Lines area from October 1-5 was the granddaughter of separatist leader and Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The daughter of Geelani’s eldest son Dr Nayeem Zafar Geelani, she is a class 10 student in the school.

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Since the killing of Wani on July 8, government and private schools across the Valley have remained shut for 111 consecutive days, with the Hurriyat refusing to exempt them from its protest calendar. A government curfew was also in place for nearly two months. Recently, in an effort to break the shutdown and bring students back to school, the state government had announced that it would conduct the final exams of all classes on time. Parents and students, however, protested against the decision and demanded a postponement given the situation in the Valley.

Over the last three weeks, a number of government school buildings were set on fire by unidentified people in Kashmir with the latest such incident occurring in Baramulla Thursday — the Hurriyat had condemned the incidents.

The DPS in Srinagar, which is one of the biggest private schools in the Valley, was unable to conduct its term exams in July because of the protests.A practising medical professional, Nayeem is not a member of Geelani’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Kashmir or Hurriyat Conference, and lives with his family separately in Srinagar.

When contacted, he confirmed that his daughter had appeared for the internal exams conducted by DPS. “Who says we are against students appearing in examinations or attending schools? We have never been against the holding of examinations or the education of students,’’ Nayeem told The Indian Express.

”Once the school decided to hold the internal exams, it was mandatory for my daughter, like other students, to appear as they carried a weightage of 70 per cent marks. If my daughter had skipped the exams, she wouldn’t have been able to sit for the final exams scheduled for next March,’’ he said.

Nayeem said that the school management had initially decided to conduct the exams at other locations during the “relaxation time” allowed by the separatists. “Finally, the venue was shifted to the indoor stadium,” he said.

Nayeem said that the exams were originally scheduled to be held before the protests began in Kashmir. “Due to some internal problems at the school, this examination couldn’t be held then. It was basically a term exam that was due in the first week of June,” he said. Pro vice chairman, Delhi Public School, Vijay Dhar told The Indian Express that exams were conducted for Formative Assessment (FA) 1 and 2.

”Geelani’s grand-daughter is enrolled in our school. I don’t know whether she appeared for the exams or not. Of the 580 students enrolled in classes 9 and 10, seven didn’t appear for the exams,’’ said Dhar, who is the son of D P Dhar, a diplomat and well-known politician known to have been close to the Nehru-Gandhi family.

He said that the school had sent question papers to the parents of students in junior classes and asked them to conduct assessments at home. “This was the best available solution. The parent’s assessment will be further checked by our teachers,’’ said Dhar. He said that the school chose the indoor stadium for the two senior classes as it was centrally located and allowed students and parents to reach on time even in absence of any transport.

DPS is not the only educational institution in the Valley that has conducted such exams. Recently, the Central University conducted internal tests for students in their final terms. “We even ferried some students in ambulances to save their precious year,’’ said a teacher of the university.

The Islamic University of Science and Technology in south Kashmir also conducted exams for its outgoing batch of management students. A University official said the tests were conducted following requests from the students.

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First Published on: October 28, 2016 5:02 am
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    Sri
    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:42 am
    Hypocrite. Hope the parents of all children in the valeey see this double faced snake.
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      Ilamadhi
      Oct 28, 2016 at 8:14 am
      His faith teaches him the crooked ideology.
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        Babu
        Oct 28, 2016 at 1:38 am
        Geelani or rss they both paid to divide country
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          Babu
          Oct 28, 2016 at 1:35 am
          There was not huriat or other MF were present till Ragiv time kashmir was no1 in foreign currency lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All THESE MF GILANI OR RSS ARE PAID BY CHAINEES AND WEST
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            MopMop
            Oct 28, 2016 at 4:04 am
            geelani represnsts only these "unidentified kashmiris" who burn the schools and pelt stones and use chidren to shield themselves . . . . his own directives are against human rights. . and he is blaming it on nations deployment to secure the normal kashmisris .. if nation would not have deplo the defence personal . . geelani and his unidentified kashmiris (from pok) .. would have made the current kashmiris 1/10 in their existing number . . .what did he do for kashmiris? . . .just distributing money to 1/10 of the brain washed kashmiris to keep the remianig under control through violence? . . now when gov has sealed the border. . gov should cut off his supply of resources and terminate the carrers of resources from across the boder ..
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              Amrita
              Oct 28, 2016 at 5:31 am
              Thanks IE for exposing this blatant hypocrisy. Its a real serous tragedy that the common man may still be mislead to destroy public property which will only affect the quality of life they and their children will enjoy. There was an earlier article in the media showing how these same separatist leaders educate their children abroad incl in Malaysia and stan and on the US, while causing unrest here. People who damage public property must be given a very stern punishment so that the message is clear. It will not be tolerated. I think the Hon SC has also in the past referred to damage of public property possibly in Bangalore.
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                Raj
                Oct 28, 2016 at 2:34 am
                They should confiscate all his property and donate it to orphans - no separatist should be allowed to own property. No bank accounts and should be recommended to migrate.
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                  avi
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 5:15 am
                  All these separatist leaders are corrupt and make money, get privileges from both sides of the border for them selves. They use poor illiterate people to get hurt and die on their behalf, while they and their families enjoy life. It's high time the mes realize this sham business of theirs.
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                    Dash
                    Oct 28, 2016 at 7:58 am
                    This shows how these katmullahs are using public for their persoanal gains.
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                      Girija Nandini
                      Oct 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                      Children of poor in Kashmir will continue to languish in illiteracy and poverty and children of rich and affluents will continue to flourish and shine.The Pak sponsored and funded people can only dictate and incite illiterate and uneducated people and that is why they burn center of learnings.No rational and honest person will ever damage a school.Children of Kashmir have the potential to become professors,scientists,engineers,doctors,athelets,civil servants - but pak sponsored and funded cunning people will never allow the poor to come off.
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                        Diwakar
                        Oct 28, 2016 at 4:53 am
                        In Kashmir valley ! very few journalists reports impartially !bcoz of threat from Hurriyat and their underground Hzbul Mujahuddin network ..Mir Is one of the bold journalist
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                          harun
                          Oct 28, 2016 at 9:51 am
                          If Kashmiris face this day it is because of themselves.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;First they saw in Sheikh Abdullah and his Family as there true leaders,results are there for all to see.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then they came in 1000s to back a Geelany ,but have ended up making Generations illeterates.
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                            Mir Anam
                            Oct 28, 2016 at 11:39 am
                            when did he stop children from appearing in exams.All civil service exams,bank exams even some university exams were conducted during these months of turmoil not even once did he speak against them?. You people are presutes in real sense
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                              Kartaar Singh
                              Oct 28, 2016 at 4:50 am
                              There cannot be a more blatant hypocrisy ! But thank God, sorry Allah ... that most Muzzies are either illiterate or read only from right to left, so they will never know the 'greatness' of this snake Geelani 😩
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                                Kim Sharma
                                Oct 28, 2016 at 11:59 am
                                Blame it on ur poor comprehension.
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                                  Kim Sharma
                                  Oct 28, 2016 at 7:46 am
                                  It is a shame that he still boasts of a surgical strike that has failed to produce even short-term result, though political capital could be reaped. Daily attacks on border are no longer news. Shamelessly Modi govt boasts of surgical strikes when they were preceded and is followed by recurring attacks on the border. One surgical strike can fool a typical BJP supporter, a confirmed moron like most of their ministers and CMs. Modi is the weakest Indian PM ever, an unfit chowkidar of the nation. The Modi govt survives only because of Modi's charisma and ample majority of BJP in Lok Sabha. A weak leader with slender majority would have collapsed already when morons are a majority in the ministry. The overall performance of the govt is pathetic as it fails in execution, though as always the govt is good at exaggerating even non-events. A govt shouldn't be judged by the lack of major corruption scandals. How can an inert, inactive govt get soiled in corruption scandals so early? Manmohan was silent, but the UPA govt was good at execution. True, corruption scandals as well as Modi hype did it in. Modi govt should be judged by the promises and the dream it sold to voters. Isn't the recurring, daily attacks on the border enough prove that the Modi govt is the worst Indian govt ever? Even this failure could have been condoned if the govt had performed at a moderate level on the economic front, at least.
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                                    Ananta Kr.
                                    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:22 am
                                    Its good that newspapers are disclosing personal information about Geelani. He deserves to live in fear lest some maniac unleash his terror just the same way he uses his lizards to set schools on fire. Someone's gonna come after that sick old man Geelani.
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                                      l s
                                      Oct 28, 2016 at 1:18 am
                                      When this hurriat leader is ruining the future of thousands of school going children, see, his own g-daughter is writing exams. Why not ruin her life too Gilani ?????lt;br/gt;This govt is at fault, allowing a few hurriat people rule the state. Put them in ordinary jails far away from kashmir, then only peace will return in kashmir. Pampering these anti-nationals, and funding them is going to hurt India much more. WAKE_UP INDIA.
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                                        Murthy
                                        Oct 29, 2016 at 12:56 am
                                        For years this communalist, S Ali Shah Geelani, has been dishonest. He is alleged to have taken monies from both stani and Indian sources. He is given free medical treatment at AIIMS, Delhi and his stay at Delhi is also paid for by the Govt. of India. Many lefties and Cons are his close friends. But he is a 'user', uses everybody, including the illiterate Muslims of the Valley. Of course, he will not ask his own gchild's school to be burnt down.
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                                          MSB
                                          Oct 28, 2016 at 4:22 am
                                          Kick Gilani in his balls. He is a terrorist and uses other children's sacrifice for his political ambition. His g children go to elite schools. This shows his Kashmiri friends are real FOOLs.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is high time to cut-off all govt. privileges given to him. He is the enemy within.
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                                            muzafar
                                            Oct 28, 2016 at 7:47 am
                                            LOL! these indians are filthy nations, they think Kashmiri' are fighting against indian for Geelani and are trying to make it Geelani issue, Kashmiris hate india from core even if Gelani falls in love with india!
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