‘Triumphing over the true battle’

Far from the international accord that subsided with the passage of time and surrendered to a fateful struggle between two nations, unseen tears rolls down the face of Kashmir to soak its soil in agony while the world, indifferent and silent, watches.

In November 2015, Kashmir opened its heart to me and the locals, their homes. I traveled the length and breadth of Kashmir for several days and met hundreds of people; each of them pouring a distinct story to me. Their stories had the power not just to moisten my eyes but to convince me that heaven is nothing else but a replica of Kashmir. What renders heaven equivalent to Kashmir is the ability of the people to cling to their immovable faith regardless of the fragile and unpredictable environment. The innocent attempts of the dim light of love that perpetually seek to break through the skies of hope in Kashmir cannot go unnoticed. I salute every soul who, while upholding their candid patriotic sentiments, are contributing directly or indirectly to safeguard the interest of Kashmir and its people.

In the kernel of this territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, I call for sheer peace among the inhabitants of Kashmir. None should surrender to the spell of delinquencies, lewdness or iniquity. Like the storm, be bold but like breeze, be gentle. The true value of triumph is felt when it is achieved with words, not weapons. Time solely will determine whether Kashmir shall belong to India, Pakistan or eventually to itself. Nonetheless, in the present moment, the war that tears my heart apart is not the war between the two countries but obviously the war that my brothers and sisters in Kashmir wake up to: the war with oneself. Every morning, you are in a constant battle with yourself. The vulnerable terrains that serve as the foundation of your homes, the future of your loving children, the uncertain labor market, the agricultural prospects and the freedom that is not free are just some of the elements tormenting you and overwhelming your heart with sorrow. This battle with the self is beyond any other battles.

To safeguard the dignity of Kashmir, one has to turn entirely selfless by relinquishing thoughts that are geared towards self-interest. You cannot free a state if your state is more important to you. Being overly self-concerned turns people into selfish beings and out of selfishness, people go to the extent of killing each other, which I cannot see. Egocentrism is dangerous. Though I understand and feel what each of you might be feeling in an era where Kashmir seems divided, we cannot escape the fact that the power to reunite Kashmir is in the hands of Kashmiris. If you wish to end the battle, you have to end your battle first. You have to more concerned about building Kashmir than freeing Kashmir. Building a better Kashmir is your duty; the outcome is a free Kashmir. Turn selfless and focus on your duties.

 Kashmir can only be built with the pillars of selfless love and peace. This starts from you.


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