The soil of Kashmir has turned red. Blood is oozing out from its bosom. The cries, sighs, sobs, wails and mournings have become the fate of innocent people here. The demon of death is dancing in the streets of Kashmir as if it wants to wipe off the existence of humans from this part of the planet. The gardens, brooks, waterfalls, snow-clad mountains and velvety meadows are wailing and lamenting on this bloodshed.
My people are caught in grief and pain. Graveyards are full to capacity and the gravediggers are overly busy. Funeral processions of marriageable lads are tearing apart the bosom of mothers. Smouldering houses are portraying a bleak picture of my land. Orphaned children are looking for their fathers. Young widows have turned wrecks. Hapless parents are crying as the sticks of their old age have been broken.
Today, I won’t write about Kashmir dispute and its legitimacy, today I won’t ask people for freedom, today I won’t remind my readers the genuineness of issue, today I won’t ask for UN resolutions to be implemented in Kashmir but I would instantly like to save daughters like Indonesian Saima who is cradling a three-month-old toddler in her lap, who is shedding blood from her eyes, who is still a bride, whose hands are still adorned with Henna, who is yet to learn the proper pronunciation of the word Kashmir.
Many such Saimas have lost their husbands, brothers, sons or fathers, in the conflict-hit valley of Kashmir. How long Shall our daughters suffer like this? Saima might have had dreams and aspirations like every bride has. Her husband was shot dead near an encounter site in Pulwama district on the 15th of this month. It might be very unusual for an Indonesian but not for a Kashmiri woman because the bloodbath of innocents has become the order of the day in the land once called paradise on earth.
Kashmir has become the bone of contention between India and Pakistan, and the virtual graveyard for Kashmiris. How long Shall this mayhem continue to spill our blood? Let the two nuclear giants of Subcontinent take necessary and immediate measures to stop the killing spree here. Resolution of the issue should be sought later but some concrete steps should be taken to stop the wastage of precious blood.
Let India show the world that it is the largest democracy of the world and it holds the democratic values and ethos in high esteem. Let it shun its obduracy. Let both the countries who claim to have right over Kashmir first prove their love for Kashmiris. Let the theories of an Integral part and jugular vein be put into practice.
Mushtaq A Hurra
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