Mohammad Rafi Bhat was a PhD holder.

After doing his PhD he was selected as a faculty member in the department last year.

He had also passed the National Eligibility Test (NET).

He was a senior research fellow with the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Rafi Bhat had at least 30 papers published in reputed national and international journals.

The news came as a surprise shocker to the whole of Kashmir when they came to know that their beloved Mohammad Rafi Bhat, assistant professor of sociology at University of Kashmir, Srinagar was gunned down by the security forces in Badingham village of Shopian district (on the morning of May 6). Two days back the slain assistant professor had given his morning lecture and before leaving his college had informed his wife via phone that he would be home by evening.

But hard destiny had woven something else for his life as who would have known that he would not come back alive on his feet but in a coffin. The dramatic transformation of this 32-year-old assistant professor from a teacher giving intellectual lectures at college to a militant delivering gun shots at the security forces is really highly debatable and discussionable. He was among the five Hizbul Mujahideen rebels killed in the encounter.

What makes a normal college teacher a gun-toting militant?

  1. The opium of religion.

  2. State’s machine of propaganda and false notions.

  3. State’s policy of suppression of the historical and geographical  facts.

  4. State’s policy of discrimination and oppression in order to retain their control over the masses.

  5. Blind Sectarian and Regional Affiliation.

  6. Shallow knowledge or Misperception about various social and political issues owing to the air of propaganda blown by vested political interests.

  7. Emotional and religious discoloration of burning issues of society by the political and religious leaders of the state.

  8. Emotional immaturity or lack of rational approach to daily life issues.

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