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Highway to heaven


By Marivel Guzman

Somewhere in Kashmir, paradise on earth
(Photo credit Kaiser Ahmed)

A letter to India in regard to the closure of the 300km-long Baramulla-Jammu national highway that connects the disputed Kashmir region to the outside world

To be honest #India, I wholeheartedly believe, that it is safest for your troops not to move at all in J&K’s territory.

Your 750,000 troops will be better off serving Hindus in India proper territory. Don’t you think?

What is this insane fixation of yours [India] on trying to administrate a territory with people that do not accept your arrangements?

You guys have a different language, different religion, and different traditions. Really nothing in common.

How much those 750,000 soldiers make patrolling unhappy people? You know well, Indian ITS make more money in the developed nations. Shouldn’t you be investing in your youth’s education rather than putting them in harm ways?

How much money do you invest in this one-sided affair? Billions I imagine. You could invest in housing and health for your people. I’m sure those soldiers will be happier constructing their own houses than pelting boys in Kashmir

I’m sure, you are not doing it just for ego, right? I mean, is this like a cricket game against Pakistan you try to win? Or, are you really interested and the well-being of the Kashmir people?

Perhaps water is your interest in J&K? If that the case, wouldn’t be safer and cheaper to negotiate some type of economic arrangements with J&K?

Whichever is your interest in Kashmir, for sure is not in the best interest of the Kashmir people.

Categories: Kashmir, Kashmir, Ocuppied Land

A letter to Kashmir


Posted on March 27, 2013 by Akashma Online News
A Kashmir for a Kashmiri.
A Humwatan.

Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:01 Umar Lateef

Kashmir Dispatch

Hope you are breathing. As you “might” know, entire Kashmir is under a constant siege to satisfy the collective conscience of 1.1 billion tourists. This is no surprise because, in their vision, Kashmir is only an attractive tourist package full of fair-skinned terrorists, but they fail to realize and recall that British also envisioned their Bhagat Singh as a terrorist.

The Dogra rule, followed by Indian occupation in 1947, is a bleak chapter in the history of Jammu and Kashmir. The Dogra rule, which continued from 1846-1947, is considered as the gloomiest period. Indian armed forces occupied a major part of Jammu and Kashmir on October 27, 1947 that is continuing to date.

They fail to realize that we were a nation long before they were wiping British but as Queen’s India. They see our snow but fail to see our blood, smeared over their hands. Savoring our apples and almonds but fail to see the fallen children. They see our Parvaiz Rasool but fail to see our Umar Rasool. But then, it doesn’t matter whether they see anything or not because their solidarity is of the least importance to us.

Now, the question arises, what should we do?

I suggest to ‘collect’ our conscience now. The unity of our thoughts & actions is vital for our dream to turn into reality. Our collective conscience, should be clear and should roar for—Aazadi. Our collective conscience should be unadulterated and not necessarily blood-thirsty. The collective conscience should reflect the ideologies of our martyrs. Our collective conscience should not be exercised at the will of dirty politics. The exercise of our collective conscience should make us fighters not murderers. We have to build this conscience on a selfless base & on the base of brutal honesty. Hypocrisy  and selfishness will not only hinder our cause but will also add to the arsenal of the enemy.

The next step is to be ready for any battle. Enemy is powerful, (powerful) than ever but it is not strong. If the enemy was strong, it wouldn’t have carried automatic rifles against ploughers. If the enemy had been strong, it wouldn’t have buried our martyrs inside their dungeons. If the enemy had been strong, it wouldn’t have used anarchy to instigate their “laws”. If the enemy had been strong it wouldn’t have ‘infiltrated’ seven lakh hell-unleashing savages into our delicate heaven. If the enemy had been strong, it wouldn’t have sealed off communication and broadcast. If the enemy had been strong, it wouldn’t have raped our women, charred our children & humiliated our old. If the enemy had been strong, it would have let us mourn with Tabasum and Ghalib.

Also, let me be straight, we should not expect any help from the “outside”. We should not expect selflessness for Kashmir, from anyone other than a Kashmiri. We should not wait for Ban Ki Moon to give us a hand in our cause. We should not expect a Talib to help us regain our lost nation. We should not expect Christiane Amanpoure to reflect our sufferings and concerns. We should not expect to be on Aljazeera at prime time. We have got no bullion and gasolene my humwatno, no bullion & gasolene. Let’s create our Kashmir with our own sweat and blood. Let’s sew its flag with our own efforts. Let’s compose its anthem with our own melody. Let’s concoct the convictions of Maqbool and build our Kashmir. A Kashmir for a Kashmiri.

My only message humwatno — A Kashmir for a Kashmiri.
A Humwatan.

P.S: While I was writing this letter, a humwatan came over and asked, “Are we resisting”. I asked him,” Are you ready to resist?”. He unhesitatingly replied, “Till my last drop.” I patted on his shoulder and said,”God bless you brother!

A bloody account of mass massacres
A brief chronological account of mass massacres in Kashmir that this area has witnessed and its people have suffered since 1931

 

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