The generation of turmoil
WHERE EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO NARRATE. THE STORY OF PAIN THAT CAN BETTER BE EXPERIENCED THAN DESCRIBED IN WORDS, WRITES SY. SAJJAD QADRI
At around 2 a.m when I had to force myself to sleep, my lids did oblige but mind and eyes refused to obey. The constant niggles to my nerves due to the flashes of mutilated bodies, smashed heads and pools of blood all around was too excruciating to bear. The painful faces of the members of the families that were left with one person less over the past couple of days zipped over the frame of my retina and swept away all the left over desire to sleep. I took a deep breath, ostensibly sucked in all the oxygen left in my room, shook off my body out of the bed to save my fast pulsating heart that seemed to choke this inhaled oxygen from flowing into my veins.
I found myself clueless, moist eyes failed me and my mind flashed back into 1990’s when almost every family lost at least one member. When mosques would reverberate with slogans of Ham kya chahatay, Azadi and the songs of Jago Jago subuh huye. When tin roofs in the night would echo along the mighty mountains caging the valley. When dead bodies, blasts, grenade attacks, curfews, clampdowns, identification parades, frequent frisking, bunkers after every yard and even the scary air that was their to fill the lungs was only left amongst the gutted buildings, schools, bridges and mined roads. When serpentine lengths of rallies along the streets, lanes and by lanes would culminate at the UN office stationed on the edge of biggest Army encampment of Badambagh. When orphans and widows made horrifying statistics. We had half widows almost in every village and mohalla. When having a son was considered a curse since he was thought to bring pain once he grows up. And today it is these beleaguered sons who were born, grownup and lived their lives in the furnace of this turbulent valley of pain and agony harbouring anguish and distress along every single day that added to their age.
1996 and 2002 elections did seemingly bring in the respite since the youth of 1990s were shaken by the petrifying memories of Papa II, and the like camps both in Kashmir and outside. Moreover, they had by then reached an age where they evidently became more concerned about their families and small children. And the youth group stretching between the years 1996 to 2006 had seen the pain of their parents and elder brothers thus preferred to stay back without showing much resilience due to the family pressure. Besides, liberalization of Indian economy, telecom revolution, private sector and unabated monetary inflows played the role of utilizing their energies. Nonetheless, the seething anger was there to find a vent.
Then came the new crop born between 1986 and 1996 who although had grown up in the same pain and anguish, supported by their “one step ahead generation”. Equipped with stone and anger they do not seem to listen to any excuse. They sprung in 2008, 2009 and now in 2010 with a renewed rigour and force. Fear and fret is the last thing that has caught a mark on any of the lines on their faces. They are not even ready to listen to the protagonists of 90’s. They have an ideology chiseled over the years by the poignant emotions and heart-rending backgrounds and agonizing surroundings in which they have grown. I did not keep myself from imagining what the next set of youth would possibly reflect and what the kids of today would make as the young men.
A deafening knock on the gate shook me back to my conscious self. Amazingly, clock had already stuck 6 in the morning. I, mustering my wits back, rushed down to open the gate and was surprised to find around a dozen of young men, apparently of the same age and size holding the vein in their arms by the cotton and thumb after having come from the locally arranged small blood donation camp. With the other limping hand they carried a big sack to collect food grains and other stuff for poor and needy in the area.
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