Kashmir continues to see its parents grievously wounded, and its children eternally orphaned. The garden of our freedom has been drenched with the blood of our sons and the honour of daughters – — -our fallen tulips and tarnished roses.
Bharat’s illegitimate occupation continues to be a curse for Kashmir. We now have three generations of our youths decimated – – hundreds of thousands dead, four times as many injured, and a whole nation traumatized. Kashmir continues to see its parents grievously wounded, its children eternally orphaned, and the psyche of the entire peoples indelibly troubled. The Kashmiris continue to count their fallen, their injured, their tortured, their disappeared, and their raped. They continue to see their blooming tulips- – Wamiqs and Zahids – – smothered prematurely. They continue to see the violators of their roses- – Nelofer Jans and Asiya Jans- – go unpunished.
Kashmir’s prolonged agony is a saga of thousands of rapes, hundreds of disappearances, and countless extrajudicial killings. It is a saga of torture of individuals and collective punishments for the entire population through deceitful curfews and crippling restrictions. It is the saga of an entire population circumscribed by concertina wires.
It is a saga of highway blockades and communal onslaughts. It is a saga of terrorized Kashmiri students and businessmen in India. It is a saga of the military and police brutalities. It is a saga of treacherous fifth columnists of Kuka Parrey’s and Muma Kanna’s shame. It is a saga of electronic media clamp downs, and murderous assaults on the print journos. It is a saga of blinkered patriotism of the Indian media.
This entire despicable display of the India’s state sponsored terrorism against the rebellious population has occurred on the watches of the likes of the deceitful Abdullahs, the treacherous Bukshis and the serpentine Muftis. Kashmir has been converted into a fortress on directions of the brutal Jagmohans, shameless Saxenas and communal Sinhas. All this barbarity to Kashmiris has happened under the watchful eyes of our own lowly politicians- – the self-serving agents of NC, PDP and Congress.
And all this misfortune has been heaped upon Kashmiris with the singular aim of subduing them into submission, in the purported need of maintaining the territorial integrity of Bharat. It has been becoming increasingly clear to the Indians in the recent months, that Bharat has not won Kashmir, and it cannot retain it for long.
Although, India has worked hard to dehumanize and terrorize Kashmiris, it has effectively alienated even those few in Kashmir who are least interested in freedom. It has made no inroads into the hearts and minds of the Kashmiris. Since the Indians have not learned appropriate lessons from their Jalianwala Bagh, they are doomed to witness the consequences of this historical omission- – slowly but surely.
They have chosen to ignore the admonition of one of their foxiest- – Jawahar Lal Nehru, who on June 26, 1952 said in the Lok Sabha: “… it is the people of Kashmir who must decide. And I say with all respect to our Constitution that it just does not matter what your Constitution says; if the people of Kashmir do not want it, it will not go there….The alternative is compulsion and coercion… the decision… ultimately lies with…[the] people in Kashmir, not…with [the Indian] Parliament.”
Continuing to churn out his wisdom, this Machiavellian architect of Kashmir’s ongoing tragedy observed: “Do not think you are dealing with a part of U.P., Bihar or Gujarat. You are dealing with an area, historically and geographically, and in all manner of things [different]… We have to be men of vision and there has to be broad minded acceptance of facts… [that] real integration comes of the mind and the heart and not of some clause which you may impose on other people.”
Did you note the words “other people”? Nehru had quite rightly figured the ultimate fate of illegitimate occupation of Kashmir. More than sixty years on, India has not won the Kashmiri’s hearts, nor have the Kashmiris changed their minds. The Kashmiris continue to remain the ‘other people’ for India. Even to Nehru, Kashmir was not India.
The delusional political, bureaucratic and military Babus in New Delhi, and their equally dishonest representatives in Kashmir, continue to believe that India can retain Kashmir at gun point. And, the Kashmiris continue to resist- – with their life, limb and honour- – the occupier’s ill-conceived temptation.
Who will ultimately prevail is not debatable: The garden of our freedom has been watered by the blood of our sons and the honour of our daughters. This unfortunately mounting toll of our fallen tulips and tarnished roses will not go waste. No self-respecting people will allow the martyrs’ blood go waste.
Both, the time-honoured verdicts of history, as well as the long ignored Nehruvian realization, continue to be valid for Kashmir: No people can be occupied against their wishes for long, no matter what the strength or the nature of the onslaught by the occupier.
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