This post is in continuation to the previous one where I had some harsh words against the Taliban murder of a young couple in Swat, Pakistan. Many of my fellow bloggers had advised that we should not jump to conclusions before all details of the event are fully known. While I agree that jumping to conclusions is not something I should do because at stake is the reputation of our great religion, and our society as a whole. But, at the same time, it is important to debate this issue, and I will be the first to happily tender an apology should it turn out that the news story was inaccurate.
It is without doubt our society has lost its moral bearings and immorality is sinking in, but defending these thugs as a knee jerk reaction to fighting immorality is also not an appropriate response from our society. It is important that we not shy away and have this debate prior to us being granting our independence, and not after the fact, as some Hurriyat leaders have suggested in the past. What kind of society do we envision ourselves living in? We clearly have several options before us, and the Taliban route is certainly one of them.
We need to debate this option very rigorously so there is no doubt what the people of Kashmir truly aspire. I have absolutely no personal interest in politics. This blog, even though political, is my contribution to my motherland for her freedom, because I feel everyone should give back to their motherland. But that does not mean I am a politician. I can be considered an academic, a researcher, a writer - but absolutely not a politician. I am able to write this blog because I am currently in Srinagar, working at a popular bookshop for a salary of Rs 1700 a month and will be here for about another year before moving back to my village and taking care of family and responsibilities such as taking care of trees. Therefore, once I move back to my village, I doubt I will be able to contribute here anymore. That is the reason I am very particular in not revealing my identity because I still have to get married, settle down, and exposing oneself as a separatist tends to be a good way of scaring away good families who might see you as a potential groom for their daughter because then they are afraid their daughter will likely live the life of a half-widow just like thousands of other young Kashmiri girls are.
The reason for the digression and the above tale is that I write what I truly feel and I have no hidden agenda in that one day I will finally reveal who I am and jump into the separatist political camp or contest elections once we are independent. That is not going to happen because politics as a career is not my idea of a satisfied life. I somehow do not think that life as a politician would be very attractive with people constantly judging you and also the fellow crop of people that call themselves politicians is pitiful. The only reason for this blog is that I like to write and through my writing I am adding my drop of water into the ocean of the freedom struggle of Kashmir.
But, if that freedom translates into trading one form of Slumdog oppression for another Taliban style government as we saw in Swat, then I am already calling foul. Not only do people of Kashmir deserve to know what options will be present before them while deciding the final solution to the Kashmir conflict, but we also deserve to know what sort of government our nation will form and the freedom parties need to disclose this in no uncertain terms to the Kashmiri public. This is important because the enemies of the freedom struggle will most certainly feed stories from Swat and mislead the Kashmiri people that after independence they will be heading straight that way. To be honest, as a Kashmiri, I am also in doubt as to where exactly does Hurriyat stand in terms of what sort of government will an independent Kashmir have.