Like few of my fellow Indians, who number in millions, i am also a silent spectator to the happenings on Kashmir. After the masthead in any newspaper, death of a person in Kashmir would've been the most consistent news for the past few decades. Whether that person was a terrorist, or a case of mistaken identity..who cares. Its as if, if there is someone in that cursed place they are either a terrorist or those who are expected to die a violent death sooner or later. Show me a Kashmiri who had died in peace i can bet you it wouldn't be on his native land.
I dont represent any international peace agency. Nor do i have a professional degree or training in broking peace. One fine day i decided to follow, what the heck is actually happening there. The reason for the dawn of that "fine" day being, i saw a picture of one pink salwar clad lady, throwing stones on some security guys, who in turn, where throwing back the stones. For the first time i saw such a raw anger in those otherwise peaceful eyes. There were some more ladies carrying plates and pans and where shouting slogans. Mind that those were not any political party driven brain washed people..but any common person..like you and me. If our government, the so called UNION government, is really doing the right thing, then why the common man is out on the streets, protesting??!!! How come there are more deaths due to security forces firing on civilians than all the militant attacks this year put together?? If the forces are there to protect the people from militants then how come there are more deaths under their custody?
I tried to follow the news channels for the past one week. Everyday they would report some death or other, with their camera person filming the stone throwing or the gun fight, "LIVE", without "caring" for his life and transmitting the incident to the viewers being the single sole purpose of his existence on earth. The newspapers too grew tired of word whacking Omar "the CM" Abdullah and resorted back to the corruption prone Commonwealth games (Even if its private property..our politicians will shamelessly swallow it...with a name "common wealth"..no wonder they misunderstood the meaning (sic)) In comes the land slide in Leh and flash floods in Gujarat..the burning issue goes back to the burner. Cmon...who wants to see the same incident of stone pelting and firing day in and day out. Even action movies have comic relief right?
I've only one question. What exactly do all these people want? Is it independence? Let it be given to them na? Stats show that there are more military persons per men in Kashmir than entire Iraq with all its multinational troops put together and we call ourselves the biggest democrazy (pun intended) in the world. When we can barge in and liberate Bangladesh from Pakistan..how much time does it going to take for a China or America to create a Kashmiristhan? Sooner or later this is bound to happen and i doubt even then if the guns will remain silent. If there is a survey on who wants war with Pakisthan there could be a split result. But if the same survey is rephrased as who wants Peace with Pakisthan, the result, i am sure would be a vehement and unanimous YES from everyone. For a change let it be peoples decision and not power mad politician's one which decide the fate of innocent civilians..who can't even enjoy a cell phone without the fear of it getting tapped. Can't go for an outing in their own lake..without the fear of getting killed or kidnapped. Can't enjoy the god given natural sceneries of their own state..without the fear of tripping on a landmine. Its nothing short of an open cage and where they are hunted and hounded by everyone.
Like every ordinary citizen of this country, i too crave for a cricket team where Asif, Aameer, Gul will compliment the batting lineup comprising of Sachin and Sehwag. A hockey team where Sohail Abbas drag flick will win us a Worldcup or even better.. an Olympic Gold. A tennis duo of Bopanna-Quereshi lifting the Davis cup. If not all this, there would be atleast silence and peace for my fellow human, let him not be an Indian or even a Kashmiri for that matter, which by itself would be the greatest joy possible.
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