#LifeOfAKashmiri: A Resonating Cry Amid Sino-India Showdown

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To draw the world’s attention towards their plight, Kashmiri netizens once again came together to highlight their wretched state of life amidst pandemic lockdown and political uncertainty.

 Jyotsna Bharti

CAPTURING the valley’s glum mood, some of the telling posts faring online these days talk about a boy from the battered landscape.

The barely ten schoolboy, who never had a regular schooling since last summer, is being pictured as a tormenting kid—making his way to a rubble site, he knew as home, before losing it in the name of ‘collateral damage’ some days ago.

As he sits to retrieve his torn and burnt notebook pages from charred corpus, the famous apple cart of Kashmir keeps rotting around him, to chagrin of growers.

At about the same time, inside four-walls of their home, captive and jobless Kashmiri youth are wondering about their ‘cut’ in the 10,000 ‘fast-track’ jobs announced in J&K, close on the heels of new domicile law.

As anguish heaves, the escape route remains blocked during COVID curbs. The community festive events like weddings, and solidarity mourning occasions like funerals have been held hostage by a virulent entity.

In the state of lockdown, as Indo-Sino faceoff dominates the discourse, many in the valley fear, that in the fight between ‘Dragon and Elephant’, it’s the grass which might end up get trampled.

The prevailing picture is beyond what New Delhi promised before and after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status — that the controversial move will usher ‘developmental prosperity and dignity of life’ in the region.

Ten months later, as the promise delivered in high baritone voice on the floor of Parliament remains elusive, the region is fighting both vagaries of uncertain politics and weather.

To express their concern, Kashmiris took to micro-blogging site, Twitter, to express their plight and situation, through hashtag #LifeOfAKashmiri.

These young Kashmiris write eulogy, mostly reading as elegy, about the uncertainty of life and dispossessions in their homeland.

Raising a point on rising lockdown distress and destitution, they talk about lost childhood and destroyed home.

There’re some who bat for peace and harmony—irrespective of the bloodshed and mental disturbance they face in their lifetime.

But majorly, as these young Kashmiris brave everyday security snarls, media hounding, and implementation of new orders and laws in absence of an elected government, they tend to express the dark side of their lives, beset with the insecurity of life, unhappiness and bleak sense of future.

A Kashmir-based blogger chose to give a poetic direction to the pain of the Kashmiris, strongly showing the hope and faith towards life in the valley.

However, as poetic as it sounds, it couldn’t hide the pain within and without.

These young Kashmiri netizens signify just one thing in common: The uncertainty of life in the valley today.

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