Hartals will give us nothing except misery



Our current unrest completely lacks innovation. Despite knowing that regular strikes have not yielded any results in the past, we still continue threading the same path and thus end up being worse than ever. Our struggle for freedom has turned stagnant due to our visionless leaders who keep misleading us time and again. We need results – publishable and applicable.  Let me explain this with an example. If a batsman is not beaten by continuously bowling to him in-swinger, the bowler changes his strategy and starts bowling him a yorker or an out-swinger. If we continue on the same path as today, Kashmir will forever remain a conflict and would never get resolved. Generations after generation will continue to suffer because we didn’t have the capability to adapt the necessary changes and continued relying on the same age old methods.

Right now, the world doesn’t understand much about the political issue in Kashmir so it hardly cares about the problems people living in here are facing. The international media will only recognize and support us when we make them aware about the atrocities happening in this part of the world. Going for months and months of strike, is not going help us achieve that because had this method been capable of producing any results, Kashmir issue would long since have been resolved. We are presently leading a blind struggle with no results in sight. Putting it in a blunt language, we are simply wasting our precious time because right now neither the international media nor the international communities are showing even a slight inclination of supporting us. Not just the world community, even the people in India are hardly aware about what is happening in Kashmir. I recently visited Delhi and met with some friends there. Most of these friends have a habit of staying abreast with the latest happenings in Kashmir but to my utter surprise, none of them had even the slightest idea about what was happening in Kashmir. Thanks to the media blackout and the internet ban, voice of our people has been buried within the boundaries of our valley.

Kashmir did initially receive support from some international bodies. Kashmir was even discussed in the Indian parliament thanks to Mr. Karan Singh who presented an elaborate background about the history of Kashmir. Everything was going in our favour but the rejection of parliamentary members visiting the Kashmir valley by the resistance leadership changed everything and dragged us back to square one.  Rejection of parliamentary members was a big mistake and we paid a heavy price for it. Indian Government’s complete blackout of Kashmir made all our efforts and sacrifices go to waste.

We should always make peace with our enemies even if we do not trust them. Listening to others is a great art and if you possess that quality then you are a wise man. Capacity to listen opens a new door of conversation and conversation can then open the path to negotiation and finally resolution. The true history of the world is history of great conversations in elegant rooms.  Even our beloved Prophet (PBUH) believed in the power of conversation. Prophet (PBUH) always discussed whatever problems arose in order to find the right solutions. Even during a war like situation, the Great Prophet (PBUH) first discussed things with his enemies and companions in order to find a solution if there was one. After our Beloved Prophet (PBUH), the great khalifahs, Abu Bakar Siddiq, Omer Usman and Ali followed the same path and always tried to reduce tensions between two parties by discussing and conversing.

Weekly calendars are going to give us nothing except killing the movement like they did in 2008 and 2010.  It is time we searched for alternate means because monotony always leads to stagnation. The only thing this unrest has given Kashmir is night life. Thanks to the evening relaxation, our valley which used to go to sleep at 7 pm, now stays awake till late. Everything else remains the same. We desperately need to break this cycle of monotony if we want results.






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