Kashmir Truth Be Told Blog
Yus neereth gassan, pheereth cha yevaano: morda che gassan zinde (Kashmiri saying)

6/28/08

People Power

It is awe-inspiring to see the courage and fearless response of Kashmiri people who have taken to the streets to protest the SASB land-grab. I grew up in the 90's and saw the relentless attrocities committed by the CRPF and other para-military forces first hand. I was the victim of a thrashing by an army personnel myself. Once, during a crackdown the army guy asked me a question and being a teenager, I probably was too scared to respond with a good answer. The army man probably did not like my answer and slapped me so hard that my ears started ringing. It was the pleading of the neighbours that probably spared me otherwise I probably would not be here today writing this blog.

On other occasions, I witnessed innocent bus drivers being dragged out of their vehicles and beaten mercilessly for keeping the windows of their buses ajar (in the middle of summer) because as per an un-written rule in Kashmir, no vehicles could keep their windows open. If you are wondering what sort of a rule this is, especially in the middle of summer, join the que of Kashmiris wanting to get answers to this and other numerous unwritten rules.

Growing up in this environment has subdued many Kashmiris and are therefore instinctively fearful of all the paramilitary personnel. However this seems to be not the case with the generation born during the 90'a and who are just growing into their teens. It seems they have become desentisized to the oppression and as a result have become fearless and coudlnt care less for the consequences.

11 comments:

  1. fayaz - who knows your family passionJune 29, 2008 9:06 AM

    During my college days i had seen an english movie called "TORA ,TORA,TORA" regarding japanese attack on pearl harbour; Japanese thought that they won, but it lead to dropping of atomic bomb on japan; the writing on the beginning of this film was "DONT AROUSE SLEEPING GIANTS'. Thousands of people take to the streets of the City of Srinagar protesting against the transfer of land to non state subjects- The failure to anticipate changing conditions is a classic problem in Indian organizational,/and their policy behavior towards Kashmir: And so, despite the government's preference for keeping "contentious" issues, especially one with religious undercurrents, off the agenda When political isolation and economic deprivation ruled supreme. The common Kashmiri,s were reduced to the state of being a superfluous part of the struggle, without any guiding star on the horizon.. In such crucial moments “the land transfer bill “ kindled the torch of egohood- When ego embraces Elan Vital,.The stream of life is transformed into an ocean , it is desire that makes the universe throb with life. Nature is the shell and desire is the pearl. The heart which is incapable of cherishing desires is a bird with broken wings, unable to fly. It is aspiration which strengthens the life of the self, and transforms it into a restless sea eversurging. It is the joy of viewing that gives vision to the viewing eye. It is the fun of walking that gives feet to the pheasant. It is the effort to sing that is instrumental in endowing the nightingale's beak with melody. It is the piper's hands and the lips that breathe musical notes into reed, which was nothing but a mere straw in the reed bed.Thanks mR Governor and SECy; Incessant efforts failed to unite the divided hurryiet,you did the job.You, while enjoying the cheshma shahi water forgot the for any kashmiri muslim lives are sustained by the ideals we create for ourselves,Our being is illuminated by the rays of our aspirations.Iqbal reiterates the same theme in a verse: The heart of the Muslim in the seat of al Mustafa.-Whatever respect we command is due to his name.
    Mount Sinai is nothing but dust that arose from his House,
    His parlour is sacred even for the Ka'bah.
    The mat is grateful to him that he prefers to sleep on it,
    The Taq e Kisra is trampled under the feet of his Ummah.
    He retired to the privacy of the Cave of Hira ;
    And brought forth a nation, a constitution and a government,
    Night after night passed by his bedside finding him awake,
    So that his people could rest on the throne of Khusrow.
    Man is hot blooded due to his burning passions,
    This clay glows with the light of aspirations.love and passion are essential for human society, and individual man, for it strengthens the individual as well as the social ego. the ego of an individual and the society cannot be strengthened without patriotism . It is remarkable that Kashmiris have determined an object of nationhood, a point around which the Kashmiri has to rally. It is at this juncture that one feels how intelligently this man of awareness and insight comprehended the necessity of the unity of the Kashmiri Muslim. His quest for the rallying point led him to believe that the love of the Prophet Muhammad al Mustafa (S) was the only passion that could motivate and rally the Muslim Ummah around a new consciousness”:don’t arouse sleeping tigers””don’t test us again with our egos”- a an obvious writing on wall now.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Fayaz thankyou for the nice write-up.

    I couldnt figure what you mean when it says your name " fayaz - who knows your family passion said... "

    do you mean you know my identity?

    ReplyDelete
  3. We are also demanding Kashmir to be free, Free from India and Free from Pakistan. We Indians are also fed up by giving aids and aids to Kashmir. We are spending much-much more to retain the Kashmir. We pray that you should be free from India, then Pakistan invade you, Talibans come to Kashmir, loot and rape. No Indians should go there neither in Vaishno Devi nor in Amarnath. We pray that each and every Indian tourist should be stay away from Kashmir... Is it OK? I can provide the data that Kashmir is getting so much grant and subsidy compared to other states and still they are against India... so we are praying and lobbying to free Kashmir and leave them alone, so they can decide after 10 years that what is good for them, India (Democracy), Pakistan (Fuckin Democracy) or Free Kashmir (??????????)... Insha Allah

    ReplyDelete
  4. Fayaz is right when he says dont rouse sleeping tigers.So what does he think he is a part of in Tora Tora Tora-the Japanese or the Americans...
    The fact is he is a case of mistaken identity -he does not now from which source he draws his daily life from ...let him honestly answer that...rather than getting dizzy of his random thoughts....
    Fayaz,imagine the time when you are free ,free from India and Pakistan and do you know what ..youwill be sorrounded by these same cancerous leaders who have beautiful properties all over India ,who have solid deposits Indian banks outside Kashmir,and whose Children are going to the best of schools in India....
    Fayaz can u name even one of these leaders sons or daughters who has been sent to study in Pakistan ....
    Fayaz my friend I spent my entire childhood in Kashmir and i live today only to recall those time and no I am not a Kashmiri Pandit...some of my best friends are Muslims from there..........
    It is simple Fayaz,after you are free from India and Pakistan someday ,these guys will draw boundries between your Mohallas then ...How many Kashmirs will you have then in the Valley Fayaz!
    So Fayaz ,forget Tora Tora Tora .and rememeber Ernest Hemingway when he said "For whom the Bell Tolls -it Tolls for Thee Fayaz.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Fayaz is right when he says dont rouse sleeping tigers.So what does he think he is a part of in Tora Tora Tora-the Japanese or the Americans...
    The fact is he is a case of mistaken identity -he does not now from which source he draws his daily life from ...let him honestly answer that...rather than getting dizzy of his random thoughts....
    Fayaz,imagine the time when you are free ,free from India and Pakistan and do you know what ..youwill be sorrounded by these same cancerous leaders who have beautiful properties all over India ,who have solid deposits Indian banks outside Kashmir,and whose Children are going to the best of schools in India....
    Fayaz can u name even one of these leaders sons or daughters who has been sent to study in Pakistan ....
    Fayaz my friend I spent my entire childhood in Kashmir and i live today only to recall those time and no I am not a Kashmiri Pandit...some of my best friends are Muslims from there..........
    It is simple Fayaz,after you are free from India and Pakistan someday ,these guys will draw boundries between your Mohallas then ...How many Kashmirs will you have then in the Valley Fayaz!
    So Fayaz ,forget Tora Tora Tora .and rememeber Ernest Hemingway when he said "For whom the Bell Tolls -it Tolls for Thee Fayaz.

    Dear Koshur ,
    Why do you need Biharis to come to Kashmir in the first place ,is it not chamging your demography as you have posted elsewhere in your blog -and dont you have thieves in Kashmir who are looting public money and sending their kids for better opportunities outside Kashmir-those are Real thieves ...
    pardon me but when one lives in a Heaven like Kashmir one starts hallucinating ..and it is normal .
    Let me ask a simple question -do you produce enough apples to support all that which is imported into kashmir after heavy subsidsation...Wake up my friend ..when you become a head of a family ,or a community ,or a state ,or a nation ,there is only one thing that matters ...Fucking ECONOMICS.
    Wish you good thinking.
    By the way i want to complement you on your Creative writing -you have done your teachers proud.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Rahul, thankyou for the passionate comments, although we could do without the swear-words.

    I have mentioned in many of my previous posts that it is in the best interests of Kashmir to be part of India as a completely autonomous state. Many Kashmiris including myself are aware of the economic impact of completely disassociating ourselves from India. It is for this same reason that Sheikh Abdullah wanted assurances from both India as well as Pakistan that they would not resort to an economic blockade out of spite should Kashmir seek to remain Independent instead of opting for either India or Pakistan. Needless to say, he never got such assurances.

    Having a pro-autonomy (viewed as pro-India stance in these neck of the woods) does not make me blind to the excesses that the paramilitary forces are committing in Kashmir. It also does not make me look the other way when I feel that the Hindutva parties have always sought to undermine the Kashmir identity and when it is no secret that their intentions are to ultimately completely merge Kashmir with India. It is a also common knowledge that many in the Indian bureaucracy are sympathetic to the hindutva cause and will assist these parties to achieve their goals.

    It is for this reason that we need an alert Kashmir citizenry that will brain-storm all possible avenues that these Hindutva parties could use against Kashmir. Changing the demography of Kashmir is just one of those instances...

    Thnakyou for your comments and hope to hear from you again.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Dear Friends,
    Recent demonstrations by kashmiris are witness to the fact that Kashmiris are neither anti Hinud nor voilent. Even with so much of provocation by Indian govt by way of land grab, no even one Yatri was attacked by Kashmiris. Kashmiris respect the sentiments of the people of other faiths and are largely peaceful. Remember Ghodra, Mumbai riots etc. The fact is that Kashmniris were promised the right of self determination by Indian govt as well as by United Nations in late 1940's. Right remains right and with the passage of time one cannot deny this right to Kashmiris. Let people of Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh decide the fate of the state. India must respect the will of people of the state. If poeple decide for India,Pakistan or Independence, the decision must be respected. How long can India suppress the freedom struggle of helpless kashmiris and act like dictators.

    ReplyDelete
  8. to all the kashmiris who think the land transfer was aimed at reducing muslims to a minority in Kashmir, I would say that was rather cowardly of all those who protested against it. anyways, with regard to the so called 'kashmiri self-determination' and 'kashmiriyat', you need to decide what you are looking for...are you really steeped in hatred for the Hindus as a religion or do you really want a free, vibrant Kashmir free of Indian and Pakistani presence? because for one thing, honestly and practically speaking, the latter can never happen, if the Indian army were to leave Kashmir and let Kashmir free, tomorrow the Pakistani army shall take their place and make your lives far miserable than any kashmiri can even imagine. Islam in Kashmir is just an excuse for Pakistan, Kashmir itself a mere toy. I doubt if Pakistan really cares anything for the average Kashmiri. India can at least guarantee a future to Kashmir. Make peace and Kashmir will grow, it's youth will prosper. India is a far stronger and a stable country. The so called 'excesses' happened not because anyone loved doing it, because it was more or less asked for...terrorism, killing and raping of the innocents, torturing and driving away innocent pandits cannot be justified. And no one really likes people who support such monsters either. I am in no way supporting the human right violations, but am saying that violence is no answer to anything, it'll only invite further violent reactions and it is a chain reaction. And who suffers in the end? the average Kashmiri for no fault of hers/his. So wake up and see beyond what is good for yourself and your children in the future. Do not support anything that has violence as an ingredient, make peace and save Kashmir for yourselves. It's a beautiful land with wonderful people.

    -Chris

    ReplyDelete
  9. Chris,

    Pardon my straightforwardness, but if I may say so, your statement is the most uninformed and naive that is representative of the mindset of most "casual" observers of the Kashmir issue. I am talking about this statement:

    "The so called 'excesses' happened not because anyone loved doing it, because it was more or less asked for...terrorism, killing and raping of the innocents, torturing and driving away innocent pandits cannot be justified"

    Please inform yourself about the Kashmir problem and understand that nothing can justify torture, rape, and murder of Kashmiris by the Indian Security Forces even if as you claim that it was "asked for".

    PS : The Pandits were not driven out of their homes by muslim. Educate yourself.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ajaz Ahmed KashmiriJuly 15, 2008 7:47 AM

    Why did Indians fight for freedom from Great Britian. Wasn't Great Britian doing favour to India by streamlining Education, administration, Roads,Railways and other economic and cultural progress??? Inspite of this India's felt that they should not be ruled by a foriegn ruler. For Kashmiris it does not matter if India is a big and richer country or whether or not India is giving econmical concessions. It is just that we dont want to be ruled by Indian Constitution. And the fact that United Nations has passed several resolutions giving Kashmiris the right of self determination. This right was endorsed by Indian parliament only to deceive Kashmiris as a delay tactics.

    ReplyDelete
  11. It is right that India is doing everything in Kashmir - constructing roads, streamling education, Railways etc. just taking each and every effort to win the hearts of Kashmiris which sofar they could not and cannot do so in future also. On the other hand India cannot escape the naked history about various UN resolutions giving kashmiris the right of self determination and endorsed by Indian Parliament despite the best efforts to win the hearts of Kashmiris. Various events in Kashmir in past and recent ones like Land transfer to Shrine Board, economic blockage to Kashmir valley, changing the demngraphy of Kashmir valley etc. have exposed the Indians about their intentions on Kashmir by using these means. This is just going the British way, the India is heading with regard to Kashmir.

    ReplyDelete