KASHMIR,” a dream in green”, is passing through worst times ever. People are being treated like dumb- driven cattle. It is difficult to grapple with the ever increasing fear psy-chosis. Be it a youngster or an adult, all are entangled in the fear of loosing their loved ones to the bullets of” men in uni-form”.
Presently I am putting up hundreds of miles away from my home, but every second I think of my parents who have been house arrested for the last one month. It hurts like hell to even imagine such things. What hurts even more is the lackadaisical attitude of the ruling party towards the pathetic condition prevailing in the valley.
Some people complain that due to the frequent restrictions and hartal calls, education system has taken a back system, it is totally in shambles, but some contradict to it by quoting the recent example of an educated, doctorate student who was ruthlessly murdered in Hyderabad. So what is the out-come of imparting education? Preparing to be hanged till death? I guess.
I have been on a sojourn to Chandigarh for the last three years and I saw a hell of difference between the two states. For the first time, I had no fear of being frisked and nagged on 26 January and 15 August. In Kashmir with the onset of August I always see chain of battalion outside my home. But, here it is different, no clampdowns, no media gag, no snapping of cellular services! Is this how the country with largest constitution treats its’ integral part? Incredible! Truly it is.
Hear in Punjab I see people wearing cheerful faces on these occasions, celebrating and dancing but who will bring to their notice the plight of the Kashmiris. For many reasons, I have seen youngsters fighting in the name of Kashmir without even knowing the ground situation. That is totally unfair! Had the people of Kashmir been wrong, the learnedBooker Prize winner, Mis Arundhati Roy would not have supported the Kashmir cause. She strongly condemns the autocratic rule in Kashmir.
Finally this imbroglio continues to remain for the past 60 years! One slogan, One track..
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