“Indeed, i will not change the
condition of the people untill they change and realize what is in themselves”
The Life of young people in Kashmir from childhood to adulthood nowadays is rumbling around Prison. The young people are meeting on this journey with probation officers, instead of teacher; they are going to court dates instead of class; they are emerging from their 20s not with degrees in business and science, but with criminal records.
In Kashmir peaceful protestors are considered as ‘communal’ or ‘anti-national’ and are picked up by para-military forces on the streets, beat, and maim them up. Moreover, break into houses, shatter windowpanes, harass men, and molest women without accountability of the state to take into consideration that security is meant to protect civilians not to beat or harass them.
State violence is not new, in 2008-09-10 more than 120 young people were killed after controversial Amarnath Land row, and more about 110 were killed after Burhan Wani’s death in July 2016 where marchers were fired leading to the deaths and injuries since then this cycle of violence is unstoppable.
Normally, young people are expected to hold pen in hand and write their own ‘destiny’ of progress and development, but in here in Kashmir you will witness stones in hand to hurl at police personnel, to take avenge of people whose blood spilled across Kashmir region, and presume, fighting for the cause to liberate Kashmir from the hands of Indian occupation.
Interestingly, there are two themes discussed in various online debates between revolutionary young people who supposedly ‘run parallel government’ by closing down entire business establishments after Friday prayers in Kashmir and,of those who are attending college regularly, claims to have meaning or sense of life by entering into ‘bureaucracy’ as one of career options.
There is one thing in common among these two groups, both can become leaders in their work, and aspire to fight for equal rights of people, for dignity, but there is slight difference, one group is appreciated and other is demoralized& dehumanized.
The young people have always yearned for direction from religious leaders, inventing political philosophies of ‘hartal’ as a way of ‘resistance’ and ‘stone pelting’to align various kinds of ideologies as a support for their ‘mission’ to ‘decolonize Kashmir’ from India.
This generation is often called ‘miscreants’ or ‘frustrated unemployed youths’ who have started stone pelting from scratch and now are the vanguard of resistance movement in Kashmir, most of them are the products of middle class families and majority of them have survived from direct attacks, physical violence and tortures, soldiers have bruised their body but their ideology remain unchanged.
In this age of mass media that has remained alien to highlight ‘woes’ of stone-Pelters, who often take refuge of technology and social media to spread their message of resistance to gather support of various people across J&K and of the world, took inspiration from various ‘revolutionary’ situations of Middle East, West Asia, that has plunged world currently in an utter chaos; spinning in a frenzy warfare,young people are looking for meaning or sense of life.The ‘sense’ that will legitimatize our struggle, and free us from all woes to see new dawn of ‘free land’ from Indian occupation.
The current misrule of Indian state by killing more than 100 Kashmiri and wounded more than 7000 people after Burhan Wani’s death exposes the state’s inhumane treatment towards civilians who are subjected to torture and arbitrary arrests without fair trails.
The government has failed to understand aspirations of young people, and failed to handle situation with heart and used brutal force to kill and maim civilians unabated.
Government in Kashmir is visible at the time of election and voting and when it comes to protect civilians, they start blaming union of India for promoting violent means of actions against peaceful protestors.
The Indian government should embrace the ideological point of action that “India is to Kashmir,What British was to India “.The ongoing critical moments are not to weaken the movement but encouragements to the movement in one way or the other.Such moments will arise in the future,but the youth should uprise and be cautious of being diverted from the uprising.
Revolution is loading, all the moments are set,now the most important caliber we lack is to be ” Islamic rather to demand for Islamic”.
Again I remind you the above mentioned ayah from Holly Quran.
“Indeed, i will not change the condition of the people untill they change and realize what is in themselves”
Hence, present generation wants to make sense of life, they do not want corrupt officials in governmental departments, they do not want police to harass them, they do not want interference of state into their affairs, they want freedom from governmental policies first then from Indian occupation.
We want ‘ Right to Self determination’ which state of India has promised us in the beginning of the ‘grand bargain’ under which Kashmir acceded to India in 1947. Until that happens, Kashmir will witness more tense situations and public demonstrations.
*The author is a student of Political Science and Pursuing Convergent Journalism. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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