When in news we hear about any parent, who have miserably hurt their child for the latter’s notoriety, we disgust the act. We consider the accused as either a Psychopath or a victim in need of HELP. Would you Kill your child for their mistakes, misunderstanding or miscommunication? Do you justify horrible punishments when you see terribly notorious kids around you? Then, what happens to our conscience when India too is the parent of the child: KASHMIR?
We are a country that does not even hang a criminal, unless debated multiple times. Then why do some of us justify the barbarian invasion of forces on Kashmir? Why does not our soul stir on seeing the dreadful marks on the victims’ bodies, or the grave loss caused to them – some losing their vision, some their lives… because, they are separatists and intend to divide our ‘sacred mother nation’? Regardless, whether they really want it… and even if they do, why would they want it?
My fellow citizens claim that India is spending so much on Kashmir for its prosperity and sustenance, and for the continuous recovery of losses that the Kashmiris keep damaging. Strangely, no one is introspecting why would one damage their own homeland, their ancestral belonging? And, why would they want to KILL ANYONE without reasons?
Some also justify the unrest Kashmir, AFSPA and what the army is doing to Kashmir, attributing to the atrocious behaviour of Kashmiri Muslims over Kashmiri Pandits during the insurgency, which finally led to the latter’s displacement in 1989. The facts state something totally different though. It was an extremists-led atrocity, which was indeed opposed by few Kashmiri Muslims, some of whom even provided shelter to the Kashmiri Pandits and few lost their lives while attempting to help. Hadn’t similar migration took place in 1947 too, with atrocities to the Kashmiri Muslims? None is justified, but why communities that have been staying in peace with each other from inception, would wake up one fine day with an unending motive to kill the other for no reason? Doesn’t that indicate to a conspiracy or hate gradually infused to gain political dominance? So, if two brothers fight among each other, to an extent of going to kill the other, what should the parents do – kill one? Or, find out the root cause and mediate!
Kashmiri Muslims demand to be separated – because we have already been separating them with our treatment. Being an eternal part of India, Kashmir is a family member to India, who’s rebel, protest, being influenced by outsiders and so forth has to be looked through the lens of how we would have treated the minuscule of the situation at our respective home. This movement is nothing more than a helpless child demanding to be separated from his parents because he feels insecure with them. He is feeling empathy fatigue with his own parents, and getting sympathy from everywhere else – some unconditional, some with vested interest against the parent (enemies of India), which the child can’t see now.
The solution would not be this simple though, would need a lot of submission perhaps from India’s end, however, there has to be this holistic approach with intense efforts to make Kashmiris feel deeply associated with us. Recommending chilli-pepper bullets over pellets won’t fix the situation, nor would refusing UN to introspect the situation would hide the agony from the world. Considering the disappointed and agitated state of mind, perhaps it would be difficult to convince them for a peaceful talk. This is where we need a wise and sensitively-thought action plan, and representatives.
References of some personal accounts of Kashmiri Pandits: