Who Owns Kashmir?

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Apropos comment by Baba M R, History will confirm the original inhabitants of Kashmir were Budhists and Hindus. Kashmir, by its derivation, is a Sanskrit word, and in some contexts has its reference in the Hindu religious books well before the dawn of many other religions or their advent in the state. For example, a horde of vagrants escaping persecution from Gilan or invaders from Afghanistan or other countries can never be the original inhabitants of Kashmir. Yes, Budhists and Hindus are and will always remain the original inhabitants of Kashmir. No one can change it.

India remains a secular state. Yes, the world knows it. Yes, it is no more ruled by the Mugals but by the democratic rule comprising people of all faiths. Kashmir has the same pattern. Every citizen of the state as in any country has some rights, and with it come their obligations to the state. Those who incite terrorism, those who support and inhabitate these elements, in my view, do not meet their obligations of a good citizen. This affects good governance. So, their rights may get compromised at some time. Now the administrative rules will come in to place otherwise we will have a jungle rule. This is a universal.fact. We must understand it and not blame others if we do not conduct ourselves well.

The number of people and days for Amarnath Yatra has been determined. Let there be no state within the state. This applies to the Board or any one else, and not even excluding Hurriyat (G). If it is not feasible to do yatra reasonably well this year, it should certainly be reviewed, and accordingly reduced as deemed fit. But we must allow it to take place. Please don’t use the word “We” because it invokes a question – Who are you, by the way? Any health concerns of yatris must be considered appropriately – be it before, during and after. This can be similar to Haj visit. If there are any medical facilities available locally, that may further help in this matter to ensure total compliance as well as providing health facilities to the older people. We must also take care of our own people with poor health and deadly deseases. We should try to care for them in Kashmir. Should we stop sending such Kashmiri sick people to India or should they stop accepting them? Give a thought!

Let us keep Kashmir a peaceful place for its people.

Vorshal

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I wonder if Vorshal has hegemonic mentality as he is  even negating history.I may pose same question to him. What if Muslim rulers of India would have converted all Hindus by force? After all Muslims were ruling India for more than 700 years. Let him accept that he too is an outsider in India. Let him strive to give ownership of India to its true inhabitants,the shudars.Let him introspect at his level as to whether his comments are in line with what he tries to preach to us. Isn’t he the part of same Chanakyan clan who propogate that all the temples in Kashmir were raised to ground by Muslim majority since the uprising. Does he believe that it is reality?If we had Sultan Skinder Shahmiri,we also had Gulab Singh and his clan who closed the Jamia Masjid and turned it into  stable. We had cruel Sikh rulers and in their time, Jamia Masjid was made out of bounds for Kashmiris.We had opportunist Pandits in Maharajas court who used to suck each and every drop of blood from poor Muslims. They used to climb on the back of our forefathers to be carried from place to place. Just like animal ride. These wounds will never go and Kashmiris will fight till they don’t get their due rights and dignity even if it takes centuries.

Iqbal

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