Tormentors Of Kashmir

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End of British rule paved way for the peoples freedoms but the liberty came at the cost of their economic and socio-political exploitation. The division of the British colony into two states was heart wrenching and sordid state of af­fairs post-independence sub-continent continue seventy years on.The mass migration of the people across the bor­ders still evoke grim reminders of past with agony and pain refusing to abate thanks to the ruling class on both sides who refuse to reconcile with the changing circumstances.

The world of today is embroiled in the series of conflicts. There is a sort of rupture in the global order and peace. From the disorder of the Middle East. Syria, Yemen and Palestine remain in quagmire created by the colonisers of the past but perpetuated by the vision­less local leaders.

India and Pakistan are two sides of the same coin. Both belong to the Asian region with a shared neigh­bourhood and identical problems. A former Prime Minister of the country once said that we can change friends, but not neighbours. Kashmir of today, like that of yesterday remains the bone of contention between these two nuclear states, a festering wound in their psyche. Fake pride of it being the crown or a jugular vein is being drilled into the psyche of teeming mil­lions of these two countries and keep­ing them ready as canon fodders to die on the alter of shallow nationalism.

The world of today envisions a peace not only for the contemporary times, but also for the posterity. Peace cannot be achieved on flimsy grounds and false hopes. It manifests from with­in and is null and void without. Man is at the centerstage of the whole process and yearns for a peaceful global order.

Line of Control (LOC) which di­vides Kashmir between these two countries has turned onto a line of ha­tred by the politicians.

The ramifications of the Kashmir conflict are huge and sooner the lead­ership of two sides realise that better for these two impoverished nations who have not been able to grow as ma­tured democracies even after seventy years of freedom from British.

By turning Kashmir into a play ground for their Machiavellian en­deavours these politicians are not only betraying the trust reposed on them by the gullible electorate but the constitu­tion of there respective countries too.

Kashmiri politicians too can not escape blame. By becoming tools of their tormentors they are only dis­crediting themselves in the eyes of average Kashmiri, if at all there is any trust left.

Suraya Azad

Humhama, Srinagar

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