The valley is an emerald set in pearls; a land of lakes, clear streams, green turf, magnificent trees and mighty mountains where the air is cool, and the water sweet, where men are strong, and women vie with the soil in fruitfulness. – The Valley of Kashmir, Sir Walter Lawrence.
The word ‘paradise’ and ‘trouble’ are contrary associations and cannot exist together. But, in our valley, our paradise, trouble lies in every corner, and in this garden, red tulips ooze blood.
Since the start of the insurgency in the early 90’s, more than a 100,000 people have died and some might say, that this part of paradise is showing signs of being a part of hell.
The world might have seen advances in the spheres of science and technology, transportation and communication; but here, in our valley, all weve seen are advances in limited capacities. Drones, armoured vehicles and weapons technologies have seen significant breakthroughs while communication and transportation are often barred. We need permission to access our roads and internet services are often suspended.
The new generation builds a nations future and to destroy a place, all that needs to be done is to destroy its future. Our young generation is being pushed into a life of drugs and destruction. We used to see stories of people dying and getting injured during protests, but the past couple of weeks have seen major busts in cases involving drugs. There have been major crackdowns on drug peddlers and their networks. But where do these drugs come from? Officials blame our neighbour Pakistan, but the public is sceptical about the claim. There have to be internal forces who are supporting these networks.
The BJP has come back into power and has been threatening to revoke the states special status since coming to power in 2014. The partys hard-core policies regarding the valley and their plan to repeal Article 370 and 35A have kept the people in fear of a crisis.