The story of tulips and bullets

All we need is to open our eyes and ears. See the hell we are in and listen to the cries;New Delhi has completely divorced itself from any responsibility towards the core issue. What has happened to the people of Kashmir in all these years. The fourth generation is witnessing the bloodshed and atrocities.

The bloom and doom go hand in hand in Kashmir, Publish Date: Apr 5 2018 12:13AM | Updated Date: Apr 5 2018 12:13AM
With tulips in full bloom in the Tulip Garden, the celebration of spring in news; and a hartal-free week gone past followed by a Sunday as holiday, you do not think of anything but recreation. All you need to do is this. Pay a visit to the garden, capture selfies between the rows of tulips and have fun.

Yes, I too visited the tulip garden with the excitement to be away from the worries of life for a day. But when I landed in, all of a sudden an inauspicious news struck me. Ah, the spring donned the clothes of winter. The April welcomed us with no smile, no joy, no fragrance but with a gory air, mood and note. The incident reminded me of T S Eliot’s most popular poem — The Wasteland, which begins with an often quoted line, “April is the cruelest month…”

The excitement of the honey day quickly died down and I was left with no option than to head back home for life. After arriving home, I switched on television and to my surprise, I saw hullabaloo in newsrooms and studios that were echoing with the victory of killings and injuries. I contemplated, “how can media derive pleasure after the performance of killings is over!”

India undoubtedly has made an amazing progress in Science, Technology and in all branches of knowledge. But the respect for Kashmiri life is day by day dwindling. It seems that it is yet to internalise the value of life. Why can’t it understand that all this results only hatred and emotional isolation? The people are yet to come out of trauma of 2016 losses; and again, God forbid, the spring is alarming to the same. Tourism will be hit, people will lose jobs; and a new chapter of history will be filled with the pages of bloodshed and violence. Thanks to Machiavelli that he gave this viable, albeit pernicious idea to the political masters that they must throw ethics to winds when they have to do but politics. Yet, we must not forget that Machiavelli also advised the Prince in one of his chapters that he should respect the sentiments and the religion of his subjects.

New Delhi has completely divorced itself from any responsibility towards the core issue. What has happened to the people of Kashmir in all these years. The fourth generation is witnessing the bloodshed and atrocities. The embroidery of mayhem is visible on the map of Kashmir. Why don’t they see and feel our pain when they say that we are their own people? Gandhiji says that non violence is foundation of all virtues. Why don’t they tackle protests by means of non-violence? Isn’t it a matter of concern that we are losing lives. Young boys are falling. Think for God’s sake and listen to your conscience. Listen to human voices in Kashmir.

State Government is asking you to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders. It is time to awaken and come out with permanent solution to the problem and start treating us as humans and citizens of the world. It is time to remind that humanity still lives and stop pretending to be deaf and blind.