Kashmir is the heaven, the best tourist destination, land of Sufis, pious earth for a section of people inhabiting in India, but for Kashmiris the hell, the big prison, blooded land, flush point between India and Pakistan and so on. It is here in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that all mainstream political parties are been supported during and after elections. It is here, that Hurriyat Conference is been heard and followed by the people in letter and spirit.
Killing of anybody whether Army men, Civilian, Militant, Police personal in the land of Jammu and Kashmir is strongly condemned by the common people of the valley irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed and color. The people of the state supported three broad political ideologies and that is the reason chaos, unrest, disunity is prevailing and complete failure in getting results are clearly seen on the surface. The ideologies representing people are as under accordingly.
1. Kashmir as an integral part of India.
2. The Kashmir is a disputed territory and inhabitants need freedom from Indian occupation.
3. Kashmir is a part of Pakistan.
The confusion among the masses has always failed the goals of all the stakeholders concerned. People have unfurled the flags of India, China, Pakistan and Kashmir from time to time in the Valley, resulted complexity in finding the genuine political problem of the state. Sometimes people have opposed the terrorism and sometimes flags of ISIS were raised during public demonstrations. Lakhs of people came to streets in year 2010 during Kashmir unrest, in which hundreds of youth were killed, the billions of economic loss and Kashmir bandh for months. After math this all frenzy mess, Sorry to say that same people in thousands were seen in queues to support the main stream political parties during elections. The shutdown calls from time to time given by Joint resistant leadership are been followed by the people, on contrary, the calls given by the government like restrictions in several areas under the jurisdiction of different police stations are also been followed by the same. The common people knows no language in Kashmir due to complete confusion and fear, knows only to follow the given programs of any side. Those people supporting Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat and others, want their own children’s to remain far away from the gun. One section of the people wants daily encounters between Militants and Security forces in South Kashmir but not like to happen same with them. Their houses and families should be safe but like to hear the annihilation of other houses and families in the valley. The presence of militants in any village is communicated to the security forces by the inhabitants of the Kashmir. On the other side, one section of people put their lives on risk to save the Militants on encounter sites. The history is a testimony to the fact that we have changed our faces from time to time, we joined Militancy, we cheated them turn to Ikhwanis and created an environment of hostility in the entire state.
Common Kashmiri is so helpless that outside state he has to prove that he is an Indian and inside state he has to prove accordingly that he is a freedom lover. Neither Indians are ready to accept common Kashmiri as Indian citizen nor do Leaders of different freedom factions accept common Kashmiri as freedom fighter. He is always been doubted and with suspicious eyes his activities are been monitored. We have produced police forces, Militants as well as informers; all are the sons of the same soil. Any militant, police men at contemporary is been martyred in any part of the valley is a Kashmiri. Here killers as well as killed both are freedom fighters and martyrs. The distinction between good and bad is a herculean matter to understand due to continuous uncertainty and chaos in the valley.
The encounters on daily basis have put the lives of every ordinary man in a great distress.The long drawn conflict in Kashmir is responsible for the stress and mental disorders among the people particularly youth. Neither strategy nor progressive dialogues are gaining momentum to put a pause on the ongoing cycle of violence in the state.
Every Kashmiri have a major responsibility to rationally pounder over the situation and duty bound to contribute its best for bringing peace and normalcy in the state. The peace process should be started in the valley between all stake holders concerned in keeping view the deteriorating situation in the state and hardships of the common masses. War begets war and love begets love. Need of an hour is to leave the path of violence and start a comprehensive dialogue , confidence building measures and constructive strategies with an intention to win the hearts and minds of the people, so that cycle of deaths can be comprehended and stopped for all times to come. The Kashmir is on fire and will engulf whole sub-continent into its ambit, if not resolved at earliest. Delay in finding the solution to the issue will only raise deaths and destructions.
About Author: Social Activist and Political Commentator from Central Kashmir Ganderbal (IOK). Author can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org