Effacing Nationals From a Nation
Kashmiris as a nation need to understand their sellers and buyers. Always cursing history and the fate can never be the solution to our problem. We need to emerge as our own stakeholders.
One of the most enduring dilemmas for Kashmiris has been that while outsiders have their breath taken by splendor of landscape, they evince little interest in its people. It has been easy for the visitors and rulers to dub Kashmiris as “an ugly picture in the magnificent frame’’. A sense of paradise lost and bestowed on the wrong people has been dominant historiographic trend of world about Kashmir. World believes that Kashmir and Kashmiri have always been absurdly mismatched. Even in the medieval miniatures, Kashmir has been portrayed either in the form of manicured gardens or of scenery glimpsed incidentally through a window in what was otherwise predominantly the architecture of city. Kashmiris were barely deemed worth the waste of paint. On the one hand ‘Kashmir’ for the world is
“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast”.
(“If there is a paradise on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this”)
But on another hand Kashmiris are slagged as
Agar kahat ul rijal uftad, azehan uns kamgiri
Yake Afghan, doyum Kamboh soyam badzaat Kashmiri.
(Although a scarcity of men should happen, do not cultivate the acquaintance of these three people:
The first an Afghan, the second a Kamboh and the third a rascal Kashmiri.)
Perhaps this was the reason that on 16 March 1846, Kashmiris along with their fields, crops and streams were sold by the ‘liberators and emancipators of the humanity”. In this treaty signed between the British and Gulab Singh, there was no slightest provision made for the just or humane government of people of Kashmir and others, upon whom was forced a government which we always detested.
The fact is that Kashmiris need to take lessons from history. Our skins and souls have been never valued by our leaders and governors. It was not only in 1846 that they we were sold like dumb driven cattle to an alien group. But we have been sold again and again .We were sold in 1947 to India, Sheikh Abdullah sold us in Delhi in 1952, and he sold us many a times in United Nations as well. On September 19, 1960 our water was sold without our consent. In 1963 our only sacred property was sold by Bakshi sahib. In 1965 we were again sold merely for a chief minister’s seat. In 1975 ‘Lion of Kashmir’ Shaikh Abdullah sold us again. The lion and his progeny seem to be insatiable leviathan. Their political appetite doesn’t get filled. Our leaders sold us for attainment of mere a token of brotherhood from Indian prime minister. The Kota Rani of 21st century sold us free of cost. Now the era has changed; we are being sold in a different way. The business continues, though the methods have been changed and updated. But actually it is old wine in new bottles. A Professor of Westminster sells us online for his intellectual career. The economists of London school sells me in Pakistan. Can anyone at anywhere sold me at any cost rather free of cost? Or there is something more special in me that i am yet to understand.
Kashmiris as a nation need to understand their sellers and buyers. Always cursing history and the fate can never be the solution to our problem. We need to emerge as our own stakeholders. Nobody needs us, If somebody claims us that is only because of our resources . Nobody cares about us, whether we live or die. Killing of lakhs of young boys in Kashmir in a short period of 26 years makes it clear that nobody needs us. Raping our sisters and mothers and torturing the people of valley irrespective of age and gender amply makes one understand that our worth is nowhere, so we as the nation have to stand and find our destiny on our own. Remember, God too helps those who help themselves.
*Author is a doctoral candidate at Department of Chemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and can be reached at email@example.com.
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