MUMBAI – “Dangal” famed Zaira Wasim has penned an emotional note on social media talking about the plight of Kashmir and Kashmiris. She says “Kashmir continues to suffer”.
Zaira on Monday night took to Instagram, where she shared a photograph of a flower and wrote a long emotional post.
She wrote: “Kashmir continues to suffer and see-saw between hope and frustration? There’s a false and uneasy semblance of calmness in place of escalating despair and sorrow? Kashmiris continue to exist and suffer in a world where it is so easy to place restrictions on our liberty.”
“Why do we have to live in a world where our lives and wills are controlled, dictated and bent? Why is it so easy to have our voices silenced? Why is it so easy to curtail our freedom of expression? Why aren’t we ever allowed to voice our opinions, let alone our disapprovals, to decisions that are made contrary to our wishes? Why is it that instead of trying to see the cause of our view, our view is just condemned ruthfully?
“What is so easy to curb our voices so severely? Why can we not live simple lives without always having to wrestle and remind the world of our existence? Why is that life of a Kashmiri is just about experiencing a lifetime of crisis, blockade and disturbance so abundantly that it has taken away the recognition of normalcy and harmony from the hearts and minds?”
While criticising the authorities, she said: “Hundreds of questions like these — unanswered; leaving us bewildered and frustrated, but our frustrations find no outlet. The authority doesn’t make the slightest effort to put a stop to our doubts and speculations, but stubbornly tend to go their own way to confine our existence mired in a confused, conflicted and a paralysed world.”
The 19-year-old Srinagar-born former actress added: “But I ask the world, what has altered your acceptance of the misery and oppression we’re being subjected to? Do not believe the unfair representation of the facts and details or the rosy hue that the media has cast on the reality of the situation. Ask questions, re-examine the biased assumptions. Ask questions. For our voices have been silenced — and for how long….none of us really know!”
In June last year, Zaira said goodbye to her film career as she held that “relationship with her religion was threatened”. In a detailed post on her Facebook page, the 18-year-old had cited religious reasons for her decision to quit her promising career in the Bollywood.