Manan Wani from Pen to Gun

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Adnan Naqeeb
This year on June 6, Manan Wani put his feelings on paper saying ‘we are soldiers we don’t fight to die but to win, we don’t feel dignity in death but we do feel dignity in fighting occupation, its military might, its oppression, its tyranny, its collaborators and most of all its ego and if/when we die while fighting all this, we do feel dignity in that death. By ‘we’, I mean every Kashmiri and by ‘Kashmiri’ I mean every citizen of J&K, who is fighting the occupation in one or other way, not just the men with gun.”
And he proved, that those resisting occupation, never die, but they live in the minds, souls and hearts of people and serve as a beacon for generations to come.
History testifies that those laying down their lives for a cause, never die; instead they become immortal.
Manan Wani was a scholar par excellence and a worldly and bright future was waiting for him. He was a symbol for youth, for his family, for us, friends and for nation, but here the question arises why and what motivated this hero to choose the path, that leads to victory or death. By victory I do not mean the bounty, the wealth, the glamour, the power corridors but the essence of that victory which make us to stand against every tyranny and arrogant forces. My friends I have an experience that we have seen only tigers on paper, but he was a tiger with pen in one hand and gun in other.
He was not the first nor will he be the last. He followed, many stalwarts of armed struggle like Shams ul Haq, Dr Turabi, Professor Ramzan, Nadim Khateeb, Er Firdous, Dr Ab Ahad, Dr Guru, Professor sofi, Professor Ab Ahad and hundreds of other who served nation with their pen and as well with gun.
He was young and more vocal. I salute him for his dedication, for his beautiful write-ups, for challenging, New Delhi’s hegemony, for invoking faith in youth. He was really an icon for our the next generation.



The young research student of applied Geology at Aligarh Muslim University. Mannan Wani for the first time came with his valued write-up and it opened my eyes .It was quite awesome that a young man with apt knowledge, challenges India with his visionary words, saying “Our mission is to liberate our land from foreign illegal occupation and thus to create an environment of peace and justice wherein every thought and ideology would be discussed and debated and people will be given their right to choose whatever they like.”, see he quotes peace and justice.
It is a befitting reply to those who label him a terrorist but contrary to this, he favors the peace and justice. It is not justice to silently accept the supremacy of those have colonial mindset.
In a letter mailed to media outlets, Manan Wani said, “to write about why he chose to join militancy in occupied Kashmir. He quotes Malcolm X, the assassinated American human rights activist, and responds to an Indian bureaucrat and a politician, without naming them, for their justifications to propagate India’s cause.
“We are soldiers. We don’t fight to die but to win, we don’t feel dignity in death, but we do feel dignity in fighting (Indian) occupation, its military might, its oppression, its tyranny, its collaborators and most of all its ego and if/when we die while fighting all this, we do feel dignity in that death,” Wani writes in the letter. Occupation is like a cancer thus, we as a nation and community must evolve and update ourselves of the new military, mental and diplomatic tactics of India as a colonial state.
He was a man of virtue and unsatisfied by the dogma of occupiers that by this way or that we should not question occupation .A real scholar can never accept the version of an occupier. He was a great man with great mind and great thinking. he says, ‘’collaborators nowadays are obfuscating facts to justify occupation and oppression while playing with emotions of gullible masses, human rights defenders are turning into business monsters and are making conflict a business by featuring the pain of oppressed, activism is guided and directed from Delhi studios.”
They, no doubt killed Manan, but they won’t kill our sentiments, our passion, and our love for right to self determination.
I’ll end up this write up with some poetic verses which flowed from my heart soon after he was martyred. You can also add many names at its end
jo qalm se hum qalam hua
jo raah-e-haq ka naam hua
jo tehreek pe qurbaan hua
manan hua , manan hua
jaise shaheed burhaan hua
jaise shaheed sameer hua
jaise shaheed sadaam hua
manan hua , manan hua
jaise shaheed sartaj hua
jaise shaheed mehraj hua
jaise shaheed riyaz hua
manan hua , manan hua

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