Time to change
Need to change perception and strategy
If we have learnt our lessons from the past, we should not be falling into the trap of the forces trying to stoke regional and religious confrontation on one issue or the other. It is a fact that the people outside Jammu and Kashmir, especially the Kashmir Valley, have limited knowledge of the things here. Hence, when anything goes wrong, they blame some elements within the state, without owning their own flawed approach and attitude. Sometimes, it is shocking that the people who claim to be working toward the resolution of Kashmir crisis are busy in attempting stoking new troubles in the Valley. They throw ball in the court of the people of Kashmir and then want them to play it to their designs. Something like that is happening now, and it is appearing on the horizon. The vested interests have started picking up one issue after another to trigger a situation that would only bring bad name to the image of the Valley. The image sullied over the decades is getting repaired with the arrival of tourists and pilgrims from all over the country. Their numbers have passed all previous records.
In 2012, Kashmir has undergone a revolutionary transformation. The events were dramatic, going by what the people of Kashmir had seen in the past over two decades. Peace assumes a dramatic connotation in the world of the turmoil. Many think that it is the disturbance that brings in the drama, but the fact is that peace is the biggest drama. Very few believe that violence and bloodshed brings drama , forgetting that peace has its own taste of drama which has appeal for the majority of the people. The kind of peace that has so far foiled these attempts of creating disturbance within the Valley, is still in its infancy. It must grow, and it should be allowed to grow to its full youth so that the generations don’t blame this generation for having failed in its duty to get them something substantial.
It is sad that even when the people are struggling to come out of the dark shadows and looked forward to a new future, which would meet their political and economic aspirations, attempts are being made to pull them back to days of darkness, where children would not know the meaning of childhood and the youth would become old wondering what lies ahead. But 2011 and 2012 has changed the narrative. This transformation that has been seen by the world and acknowledged as well, doesn’t go well with those forces who have no idea as to how the things work in the Valley.
The Valley is not just a beautiful piece of land, where mountains rush to heights to touch sky. It is much more than that. Its soul is rich with its time-tested traditions where folks love to love each other as humans, and they treat their visitors with amazing level of hospitality, still when they ask for something that is interpreted, rather misinterpreted in a twisted form. There is a dire need that the well wishers of Kashmir and Kashmiris should step in and analyse things in proper perspective so that Kashmir is the gainer and not the ones who want to damage the image of the Valley.
On this occasion, there is a need to bring a new paradigm in the strategic thinking, whereby bringing a new strategic paradigm that reverses 22 years of negative thinking that is peppered in the minds of the outsiders, who ask ten questions before booking themselves for destination Kashmir. They tend to ignore the fact that more than a million tourists and another more than half a million Amarnath pilgrims have visited the place and returned home with fond memories- that some of them were fleeced is a different tale that happens at most of the tourist places. Those who fleeced symbolize uncertainty that lies in their mind. They don’t know what would happen next. They need to be assured that the forces of peace and resolution of Kashmir crisis through dialogue are far more strong than the vested interests.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 IST
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