This Blog provides an insight on the Kashmir-issue, India and Pakistan. The articles on this Blog can be best described as thought-provoking. The articles thrive to trigger debate about the miseries enslaved Kashmiris are facing and discuss also possible solutions to this long standing conflict. It also aims to convince readers why Independent Kashmir is the best solution for all parties involved.



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Maqbool Butt. Glory of Humanity!

Remembering Shaheed Maqbool Butt. February 11 is the anniversary of his Martyrdom. His example is the beacon light of the Kashmiri freedom struggle.

The passing of eleventh February is a normal and routine day for the world, but for the Kashmiri nation and those human beings who love freedom, determined struggle, and human values February 11 is a very auspicious occasion. 11th Feb1984, anti-human worshipers of darkness hanged Maqbool Butt with a well-conspired and calculated plan in an attempt to extinguish and destroy the spirit of freedom, he (Maqbool Butt) had instilled in the minds and hearts of the Kashmiris. India thought that by killing Maqbool Butt they could silence the voice of freedom and justice.

But that same morning when Maqbool Butt was executed, the cause of Maqbool Butt was immortalized and his martyrdom became a beacon-tower for Kashmiri freedom fighters who firmly continue their struggle against the tyranny of foreign occupation. The sacred blood of Maqbool Butt, which the oppressor wanted to bury behind the high walls of Tehar jail, has taken rebirth in the form of slogan, stones and swords in every corner of the sub-continent.

“The Fatimi blood became more pure and holy and
It has become a beacon-tower in dark and barren valleys."

Maqbool Butt- the cold chains of tyranny could not fetter your will to defy the evil that oppressed your people.

O my leader - you not only sacrificed your life but was also tormented and crucified every moment of your life. You boldly waited for 15 years in the jail cell to enlighten, educate, and awaken your oppressed countrymen and show them the way to national freedom. You stood up and battled the culture of silence created by the fascism of the occupiers. You broke the silence and spoke out boldly for freedom.

Great Leader! Man has always been obsessed to fulfill his desires but you are amongst the few great men who preferred to struggle and risk death for the cause of Kashmir.You sacrificed your life to fail conspiracies aimed at usurping the national freedom of Kashmiri people. The blood-line meant to divide Kashmir, the injustice, illiteracy, poverty and ever-increasing atrocities and oppression in all parts of Jammu & Kashmir where the ills you wanted to fight out and for that you underwent brutalities, cruelties, mental and physical torture, solitary confinement and all kinds of inhuman methods of oppression by the barbarians at different times and places.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The question of war and peace

Is war the only solution to Kashmir dispute
Kashmir issue has become the source of heartbreak for the people of the state for last sixty-three years. During this period more than a hundred thousand people were killed, thousands were maimed and thousands more are suffering incarceration. The number of those who met with their end on the border or were buried under avalanches or kidnapped also runs into thousands. In terms of economy, Kashmiris are living in the 16th century. It has turned into a consumer state where people are deprived of basic necessities. Unemployment is widespread and elementary industry is lacking.

Today’s world has become fully sensitive to the ecological imperative and states are conserving their water resources by allocating sufficient funds to this head. But we in Kashmir are destroying our water resources, and, besides, are looking for land to dispose off the garbage. We don’t have even the modern garbage disposing mechanism and recycling plants. Are we not the victims of incompetent and imbecile governance?

Next to Palestine, Kashmir has become the most publicized issue today. India and Pakistan fought two wars in the name of Kashmir. Subsequent to the two countries becoming nuclear power, this issue became more complicated and threatening.

What are the reasons that make the situation so alarming in South Asia as to imagine of a possible war in the subcontinent. Despite suffering the violation of human rights on large scale and despite facing oppression and suppression, the people of Kashmir are not the object of the attention of world community. Very few nations are fully aware of their past history. Kashmir is a state that can boast of five thousand year old history. Lalitaditya and other rajas during the Hindu period, and Shihab-ud Din and Zainul Abidin in Muslim period the boundaries of the Kashmir kingdom touched Sirhind to the south and Multan to the Southwest. For long, Kashmir kingdom did not encompass only Peshawar and Punjab but Kabul, Kashghar and Tibet also fell within its suzerainty.

Zainul Abidin recalled the emigrated Kashmir Pandits. He called the assembly of learned Islamic scholars and asked them whether Islam could be forcibly thrust on anybody. When they said it was not allowed and issued decrees to that effect, he then issued an order that nobody would be converted under force. Those who had converted were allowed to re-embrace their original religions. Bud Shah order that damaged temples should be repaired. Don’t we need a Bud Shah today because after many centuries the Pandits have once again adopted migration? We all put together have not become one Bud Shah.? It was in the times of Bud Shah that the ruler of Delhi Feroz Shah Tughlaq accepted Kashmir Kingdom's borders at Sirhind. We not only forgot the history of our ancestors but we also allowed their graves to turn into desolate places. We stole the stones and bricks from their graves. This is major reason whey we cold not achieve our goal as a nation.

The valley cries

Where do stand the promises you made. These distraught and frustrated people need an answer

As election fever ran high in Kashmir, mainstream political parties used their rallies, meetings, media etc. to repeatedly convey to the people that they would take care of their basic needs and day to day requirements if returned to power. This was their election plank. They meant to say that necessities like drinking water, electric power, roads, jobs and medical health etc. would be improved although the fundamental issue of the state remained where it was. Unfortunately, sentimentality is the bane of our people. They believed in these commitments and promise of the mainstream, parties and cast their votes in full strength.

But only a few months back the ”ragda movement” resulted in the martyrdom of no fewer than seventy-five youth. People forgot that only a few months ago martyrs had sacrificed their precious lives. However, the separatists, too, have to share the blame in the sense that they carried forward the movement out of sheer sentimentality and without closing their ranks and without forging unity among themselves. The result of this type of miss-management is that despite making precious sacrifices, people get exhausted and prefer to stay indoors.

People never asked the mainstream parties that while they were promising to fulfill all the basic requirement of day to day life within the next tenure of six years, what happened during the past six decades when they had been enjoying power. When nothing could be achieved in this regard during six decades, what magic wand is in their hands to accomplish the job in six years?

In any case, under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, a coalition government of National Conference and Congress was formed and Omar Abdullah was installed the Chief Minister. Many persons against whom allegations of corruption and nepotism had come to light were re-inducted into the new coalition ministry. About the chief minister, there was media hype that as a young and energetic political leader he would no doubt solve all outstanding problems of the people. Intense propaganda created a ray of hope in all the three regions of the state that things would change for better. But gradually all those expectations evaporated in thin air because just after one year the longest ever strike took place in Kashmir which consumed nearly 111 precious lives including innocent children. State economy suffered nearly 84 thousand crores. Since the state has been deliberately made a consumer state, therefore it is the common man in Kashmir who had to suffer this loss. This brought a fatal blow to the state’s commercial health. Employees in private sector have been shunted out; services of salesmen have been dispensed with. According to one estimate, nearly a hundred thousand employees have been rendered jobless. This is the reason why in the absence of any considered planning by political parties and politicians, people have resorted to full scale and long term strikes in schools, workshops, business centers and all other institutions thereby bringing severe damage to their own economic life.And strange to say that these very people themselves put a halt to the strikes voluntarily. At that time I had said in very clear terms that by asking for the strikes in schools for a long time, it would put a heavy burden on society, which it may not be able to carry. Then there was durbar move and the valley and Ladakh regions were left in lurch. Now people fail to understand whether there is anybody representing the government and its administrative institutions here. All that exists here is the presence of the police and security forces, their tyranny, and their brutal attacks. In other words nothing exists in the valley except the police and security forces. For example, in the matter of supply of cooking gas, we have repeated official announcements that there is no shortage of gas.  But the reality is that people keep standing in queues for hours at end in the cold weather awaiting their turn to replace the cylinders. Retail shops of various gas agencies usually remain closed. The gossip is that liquid gas is not supplied only to commercial institutions, hotels and various state offices but some gas agencies have appointed vegetable venders, general stores and petty shop keepers also as their sales agents thus opening the scope for black marketing of gas cylinders. It is alarming to note that in absence of necessary safety precautions, a tragedy can happen at any of these vending sites for liquid gas which would endanger human lives. In black market a cylinder is sold for anything between 400 and 460 rupees. Food and Supplies Director has switched off his telephone so that he is not pestered by calls from consumers seeking redress of their grievances. This writer made scores of futile attempts to reach him. But once when he lifted the receiver, he did not like my asking why gas was not available in Bren, Nishat and Shalimar localities. He shot back saying how come I had suddenly developed care for the masses of the people? Was this the promise made by the political parties at the time of election?