Bloodbath continues and no signs of peace and normalcy returning to our homeland could be seen. It has already been three months of suffering this summer, and I wonder about the times to come.
The fresh spate of violence has so far resulted in the death of as many as ninety-one innocent civilians while thousands are reported to have been injured.
Agonizingly, it appears like the whole world outside, all civil societies and the people by and large have turned their eyes off from Jammu Kashmir. The fear in me and the despair around do not seem to be ending.
Slowly and steadily my land is turning into a vale of blinds with number of victims to the use of so-called non-lethal weaponry, hugely escalating day after day. The indiscriminate exercise of power by forces has left no inch of land and people in Kashmir unharmed.
The humiliation and disgust we go through every now and then is hard to express in words. We have already lost a generation to atrocities during nineties and we are now on the way of losing another.
This time they are not only killing our youth but handicapping majority of them to the extent that living becomes a burden for them and the people around them. The tyranny has grown to an unimaginable extent while the ailing humanity continues to crave for concern in the State of Kashmir.
Suppression has left behind all its kinds when it comes to Kashmir. The world has seen fascism, colonialism, imperialism, communalism and many other ‘isms’ as reasons for agony and pain among people while democracy is always viewed as people-friendly approach of governance since it stands for administration ‘by the people’, ‘for the people’ and ‘of the people’.
However, it barely adheres to its definition in true sense in Kashmir. Here democracy means government ‘by India’, ‘for India’ and ‘of India’. It never really appeared for people of Kashmir, their expectations, rights, safety and well-being.
This particular phenomenon of governance and aspect of democracy in Kashmir has probably ached people the most. In addition, the way political leadership has mechanistically corroded and used people’s system of governance as a tool to suppress the wishes and political sentiments of masses is really something to be unfurled and criticised during times to come.
The so-called elected representatives of people in Kashmir, as expected, have again disappeared from the scene since the outbreak of unrest this summer. The lack of courage and credibility in them to stand up and deliver at this crucial hour of turmoil clearly reflect the puppetry nature of their existence.
It perhaps also makes it possible to anticipate what motivates these so called elected people to become employees in Kashmir.
Apparently, the widening disconnect between people and mainstream leadership of the state has once again exposed the fragile and futile nature of political exercises and democracy in Kashmir with which government tries to befool its own people in particular and the world in general.
However, I reckon the encroachment of political space for the real representatives of Jammu Kashmir by government as one big reason for the state of crises we find ourselves in quite often. Had there been fair and unadulterated political exercises in Jammu Kashmir our land would have not turned into a battleground where all others seem to be winning except the innocent people of Jammu Kashmir.
Ironically, it is the people of Jammu Kashmir, who have been on the receiving end whether the situation is simply an outcome of political alienation of the state or ongoing and ever enduring war between India and Pakistan.
The reality is my land continues to suffer on all sort of fronts morally, ethically, culturally, politically, socially, economically, educationally or ecologically. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, thousands maimed, jailed or disappeared, women gang raped, molested and children orphaned in Kashmir.
The nightmare doesn’t seem to be ending. Mourning streets, wailing women, and intimidated faces of children of Kashmir seek nothing but their rights; rights from government policies, rights from slavery and oppression, rights from violation of legitimate and fundamental human rights, and rights of movement, speech and expression.
A healthy percentage of people are suffering from psychiatric disorders because of unabated turmoil in Kashmir since 1947. The incidence of diabetes, heartaches and cancer diseases are rampant. Hopes are shrinking. Our children living under the shadows of guns have lost all their innocence. People talk more of death than life in Kashmir.
This is perhaps the beginning to an end. Paradise already lost and things like humanity and democracy have ceased to exist as characteristics of governments in reality, at least, in Kashmir.
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