Are we losing Kashmir?

Every Indian is proud of the fact that the heaven on earth is a part of India. Then what makes the situation so volatile in this heaven? Are we missing out on something that the situation has come to what it is today? Are we losing Kashmir to fanatics?

The situation in Kashmir at present is volatile, to say the least. But, it was not always the case. All communities co-existed and thrived. And then came the black day when thousands of Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their birthplace and flee. All because some fanatics wanting Kashmir to be occupied only by Muslims and become part of Pakistan. The ensuing violence and genocide has left lingering after-effects that haunt us till today. Burnt down houses and bullet ridden walls of homes are ghastly reminders of the insane violence that struck Kashmir.
This widespread hatred and hostility does not make sense. Where does this violence emanate from? The common man in Kashmir is a peace-loving person who wishes to educate his children and have a decent living. It is the separatists, enjoying backing from Pakistan, that have been stoking the communal fire to keep themselves relevant in the politics of Kashmir.

Army was deployed to control the law and order situation and to deal with terrorism in the valley. But that too was used as weapon to instigate the locals and create hysteria against Indian army. It’s been over two decades and thousands of our brave army men have sacrificed their lives protecting the motherland from infiltrators and terrorists. Yet, Kashmiri youth are being used as a weapon to keep the hatred against India alive. Terrorists like Burhan Wani are eulogized, while actors like Zaira Wasim are being criticized. No wonder then that the youth have been misled to such an extent that Kashmiri girls are now joining the boys in pelting stones at our army men.
And to make matters worse, it’s not just the separatists that have their own fish to fry. Politicians like Farooq Abdullah, who has ruled the state as the chief minister for close to three decades, has the audacity to fan these fires of hatred by making insidious speeches. To make matters worse, even some eminent people question the military chief’s stern warning to the stone pelters. Army is out in Kashmir on a mission. Jawans are dying for the motherland. They have left behind their families and are working on such treacherous terrains to safeguard us and the country. It is, therefore, utterly shameful that sitting in our air-conditioned rooms, we question the army chief’s decisions or the act of tying a local boy to the jeep to prevent stone pelters from hitting jawans.

It is high time that strictest possible action be taken. If the separatists continue to sympathize with the enemy, they might as well be deported there. As a first step, however, all the facilities extended to these separatist leaders such as Z category security should be withdrawn with immediate effect. They should not be allowed to carry out their agenda of dividing the society while enjoying the many perks at the cost of Indian tax payers’ money. Let them find jobs to earn livelihood and raise their kids.

As for the army, they need to make decisions on the spot and they should be given the right to take decisions as per the demand of the situation. People who raise a hue and cry must be sent to the war fronts or face the terrorists to experience the ground situation, even if it is only for a week or day. As a long-term solution, at-least one year army training should be made mandatory for every student after 12th standard. This will give them the first-hand experience of the rigors of army life and drill in patriotism into the psyche right at the most receptive age. This will also help some of the arm-chair journalists refrain from making off the cuff remarks about the ground situation from the comforts of their homes or hi-tech studios.

Actually, Vinay is a writer by chance and writing is one of his passion. He love to pen down his thoughts in the form of blogs/articles & forums. He is a poet too :) Despite having a tough life, he is also passionate about the social relationship and he loves to interact with the new crowd across the globe.

'Are we losing Kashmir?' have 2 comments

  1. July 12, 2017 @ 5:59 pm Aniket

    Nice Article


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