Gar Firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.” – A famous quote by Mughal Emperor Jehangir when he visited Kashmir in the 17th century is often quoted by many when they visit Kashmir.
We all have always heard about the beauty of Kashmir, the aura, the view, the dal lake, everything. We have also seen this white land turn red with blood. With every day rising issues in Kashmir, the so-called heaven has become a hell for the people in the state.
Soldiers and paramilitary recruits from distant, culturally different regions of India are there in Kashmir because successive Indian governments have failed to tackle cross-border terrorism at its source from across the border: of failing to take any effective action against terrorist masterminds in a neighboring country, the same masterminds and their military patrons plotting more killings.
Instead, a reactive policy of waiting for militants — brainwashed mercenaries who are mostly unemployed, uneducated youth — to sneak into India has kept the Indian army and the people it protects in an ironic, tragic conflict. Intensive presence of heavily armed, nervous, homesick, stressed soldiers in a high-density civilian area is asking for more of the mistaken deaths that Kashmir has suffered for three decades. And each violent death feeds the cycle of anger, hate, violence and more misery.
While it was ruled by a Hindu Maharaja, its population was predominantly Muslim. In this fact, lay the real problem, Pakistan claimed it as its own, for it has a predominantly Muslim population.
The Hindu Maharaja was still hesitating whether to join India or Pakistan, when Pakistan encouraged her-war like tribes to enter the state. They were supported by regular Pakistan army. Having no other option left to him, the Maharaja acceded to India and urgently requested for help. The accession was endorsed by the popularly elected constituent Assembly of Kashmir.
Indian armies were flown over to Srinagar immediately, and the invaders were pushed out of the Kashmir valley. They could not be thrown out of the rest of the state territory, for to do so would have meant bombing of military bases in Pakistan. As India wanted to avoid an all-out war, it complained to the Security Council against Pakistan. A cease-fire was declared immediately, as a result of which Pakistan remained and still remains, in illegal possession of a part of the state which is called “Azad Kashmir” by Pakistan.
The Instrument of Accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India was signed by the Maharaja Hari Singh in October 1947 and a special status was given to the State through the Article 370.
The fact is that Article 370 is the only legal window through which the Republic of India maintains its territorial link with J&K and extends its jurisdiction to the State. To scrap this special provision would mean reverting to the Instrument of Accession. Such reversion would merely offer an opportunity to the secessionists in Kashmir to demand a plebiscite and proved further ground to those seeking to internationalize the issue. After Kashmir’s accession, this state was permitted to enjoy two special rights – a separate Constitution and retention of Kashmir State subject laws, in vie the unusual historical circumstances leading to the accession.
In July 1988, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) began a separatist insurgency for the independence of Kashmir from India. The group targeted a Kashmiri Hindu for the first time on September 14, 1989, when they killed Pandit Tika Lal Taploo, an advocate and a prominent leader of Bharatiya Janata Party in Jammu & Kashmir in front of several eyewitnesses. This instilled fear in the Kashmiri Pandit community especially as Taploo's killers were never caught which also emboldened the terrorists. The Pandits felt that they weren't safe in the valley and could be targeted at any time. The killings of Kashmiri Hindus continued that included many of the prominent ones.
Ever since these issues have been in the insight the problem faced by the people are growing. With every day passing there is news of our Indian army and Kashmiri police getting martyred. Our government might not do anything very appropriately but it does do one thing with outmost love that it paying up for the losses and show hues and cry over the death, next what? All put to rest!
When will this all be put to rest once and for all, when will the Kashmiri pundits get justice who has been fighting for their own lands? We all are worried about Rama not getting his own house, but we aren’t worried about our own people who were thrown out of their own house with utmost atrocity and no one bat an eyelid.
When will be realize the pain of human beings more than the pain of anything else, fighting for land is not we want, we want justice for the army that has been dying every day.
We are sure with the fact that they live in heaven but what is the use of that if the surroundings are nothing but hell.
If the some verdict is not out casted on article 35-A, the nuisance would never stop, for India to become a powerful country it needs to prove its people first that it is capable of doing so!
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Comment by Isidro
Hi there! Such a nice write-up, thanks!
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Comment by Magnolia
Hi there! Such a great write-up, thanks!
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