Caged Minds and Choked Voices


Youth surfing internet after Govt restored 2G internet in Srinagar- PTI Pic

Abid Hussain Rather

We are living in twenty first century- the age of scientific and technological revolution. Everyday new scientific concepts and new inventions are revolutionizing our lives and we are crossing higher levels of development with every passing day. Still the world is divided into developed and underdeveloped nations.

The  cognitive processes among the people in the developed regions of the world have risen from the common level to the higher ranges and these regions are progressing rapidly for the welfare of their common masses. People in such regions have a very comfortable life style and their socio economic conditions are favorable for their better livelihood. On the other side the socio economic conditions of people in underdeveloped nations are very unfavorable for their development and these people hardly make their both ends meet.  Have we ever noticed what makes a nation progressive over the period of time and how its youth touch the zenith of success and what makes a nation to tick in this race?

After cogitating on this problem we will find that among many other things it is the free thinking ability and freedom of expression of new thoughts and new ideas among the people of a nation specifically its youth which opens up new doors for its advancement. Unless and until a free thinking environment is not created for the youth, so that they can unfold their potentials for the positive changes of their society, a nation can never advance in any field of knowledge and corollary it can seldom develop. A nation is made up of its people and its furtherance depends on its people , so obviously their minds should never be caged and their voices should never be choked. If such an oceanic blunder is committed, a nation is supposed to remain in darkness forever and ultimately it will get vanished in the corridors of time.

Kashmir is known for its fertile land since from ages. From ancient times it has given birth to numberless philosophers, scientists, poets, authors and many historic personalities. Kashmir has a rich history and here environment was peaceful and favorable for the development of the potentialities of the people. People were free to think and express their ideas. This paradise on earth was world over famous for its scenic beauty, moderate climate and peaceful environment. But the story has changed now and the paradise is witnessing the world’s worst political turmoil. Normalcy has become a phantasm here. This political unrest has badly hit each and every aspect of our lives. It has affected our psychological behavior and our mental abilities.

Our youth are in utter frustration and they can’t think rationally.  When the world is exploring new frontiers of knowledge, the thinking capacity of our youth is restricted to internet blockade and the data speed. Every now and then we keep discussing on whether internet will be blocked tomorrow or not and whether the data speed will be restricted to 2G or 4G. When the people over the world are sharing their thoughts and discussing new ideas on social platforms, we are searching for different VPNs to access social sites. Our minds have been caged and we can’t think freely beyond this circle. When different kind of policies are framed world over for the welfare of students, our children remain in doubt whether they can attend their schools or whether it will be a strike call and the schools will remain closed because of abnormality. Development of our young generation and progress of our nation in such a situation will be a chimera forever.

There should be a stress free environment to increase the proficiencies of our children, but the political turmoil of Kashmir has changed its scenario and the mental frustration of our children is increasing day by day. The work culture of our valley has got badly affected by the chronic political unrest. It is not astonishing to say that the valley usually remains closed wholly or partly  for all type of activities for two or three days in a week due to shut downs, curfews, encounters etc. Added to these miseries is that the voices of people are choked and they can’t express themselves freely nor give vent to their feelings as they are strictly prohibited to share their thoughts either through social media or through any other platform. Every new day we have to face new restrictions which are clearly not only violating our fundamental rights but turning us into a frustrated lot.

On a cursory look at the other parts of the country we find that no other region is passing through such a political uncertainly as Kashmir and it has become  the main reason for Kashmir to lag behind other regions in terms of development. Experts say that it is not only Kashmir but the whole Indian sub continent which is going to be sucked up in this turmoil. The need of the hour is to create a peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir so that its people can freely express their ideas. Let their minds be stress free to develop and work for the betterment of humanity. Let  this land once again become an abode of world class scholars, scientists, writers and  poets. Let us all pray for Kashmir.

 The author teaches Geography at GDC, Kulgam. He can be reached at



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