“Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto” (If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here).
If I go back the memory lane, I was in class 5th when I first read these lines. Since then, I always wanted to go to Kashmir. Childhood is bestowed with innocence and ignorance. As I grew, I came to know about the pathetic condition of Kashmir and more importantly, of the people of Kashmir. Even if you plunge into the history of Kashmir, you will find that Kashmir has always been molested; politically, economically and emotionally.
Kashmir has always been a hot topic for debates and discussions. Whenever you talk about Kashmir, you talk about India, you talk about Pakistan, and you talk about the relationship between the two nations. Kashmir has always been a political imbroglio between India and Pakistan. The geographical location of Kashmir makes things even worse for the people there. The leaders and diplomats of both India and Pakistan, have only contributed to make the web more complex.
But, what does a Kashmiri wants??…………I still remember, I was talking to a Kashmiri and I asked him the same question. He smiled, looked deep into my eyes, and with a lot of intensity and conviction, replied- “Azzaadi, Hurriyat”!…………Then I asked him, “You people hate India, right??”………..He softly replied, “India hates us, we have never actually been a part of free India. We have always been exploited by the Indian army. Then, how can you expect us to love India!”…………Well somewhere deep inside, I knew he was correct. Kashmir has always been raped; Kashmiris have faced a lot of challenges, terrorism, callous behaviour of the army, cheap politics, lack of resources etc.
Although, I confess that the condition of Kashmiris in India is pathetic, but Pakistan can never be a solution. Kashmiris can’t expect a good and safe future in Pakistan, as Pakistan itself is a failed state. Furthermore, History speaks that the people of Pakistan have always confronted any culture that is different from their culture. Pakistani Bengalis were deeply molested and were treated like hell.
And if you talk about Kashmir as an independent state, then Kashmir as an independent state will have no identity or recognition. Furthermore, it will become a hot cake for foreign powers (Uncle Sam in particular!). Its survival will be tough, due to lack of resources. So, India is still the best option for the people of Kashmir.
Indian army can take a few steps to mitigate the number of injuries and losses of life in Kashmir. Indian army can opt for rubber bullets, instead of the conventional bullets. They can use pepper-fire, to clear mobs. The world bodies should also wake up for Kashmir, violation of human rights should be avoided and stopped.
The cardinal problem in the issues of Kashmir, is the involvement of so many elements. Indian government has got its own perception of things. Pakistan on the other hand, has always been a bone in the neck. And who can count out, Uncle Sam, especially if its an Asian matter! Seems as if, Uncle Sam loves outing in Asia. Prodding in Asian affairs is a hobby of Uncle Sam! The Kashmir issue is a complex one, it may take time to resolve. Time heals everything, things will improve with time. Let’s hope for a better future of Kashmir