Scholar turned militant in Kashmir, Manan Wani, 26, in one of his letters had written that he was reading “politics, learning sciences and deliberating on the streams of ideas.”
He further wrote, “I was looking around and identifying my place in the society. I was growing, interacting and knowing. By 2009, I began synthesising my own wisdom, and I developed my own critique.”
As a student, Wani used to write a blog at “Words Matter!” and also contribute articles to various newspapers.
On Thursday late night, The Kashmir Walla visited his home in Tikipora village of Kupwara district – 120 kilometers from Srinagar, where his father Bashir Ahmed Wani, a lecturer in college, opened the cupboard of his son’s room, exhibiting some of Manan’s books, medals and passes of various academic conferences, where he was a speaker.
Here is the list of books found in Manan Wani’s room in Kashmir:
- The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order Book by Samuel P. Huntington
- Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer
- God Oriented Life by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
- Taqhleeq i Pakistan by Hamza Alvi
- The Battlefields of the Prophet Muhammad by Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah
- Sir Syed Aur Aligarh Tehreek by Prof. Khaleeq Ah Nizami
- Islam Aur Jadeed Zahen ke Sabhaat by Mohammad Qutub
- Seerat e Pak Ek Purkashish Andaz Mein by Mahir ul Qadri
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- Blood on My Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounters by Kishalay Bhattacharjee
- Bait-ul-Muqaddass by Mustafa Muhammad Tahaan
- A book by Karl Marx (title not verified)
- Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
Wani had quit his PhD degree from Aligarh Muslim University in January 2018 to join militant ranks, becoming commander of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
In his another letter, Wani had written, “My fingers are on the trigger; however they do touch the key pads to write for my people. Both ways, I stand for Freedom, Truth and Justice.”
The killing of Wani has sent shock waves across the Valley, with people questioning how such an intellectual and scholar chose to pick gun, but his father responds to this saying, “He had answered it in his letters, it is now for people to decide what is the way out.”
Wani was shot dead on 11 October 2018 in a gunfight with government forces in North Kashmir’s Handwara area.