From paradise to hell

We will have to move out of the fire, if we are to survive and prosper

Suhail Aga
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 3 2018 11:09PM | Updated Date: Jan 3 2018 11:09PM
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Two stories. The expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise after being tricked into eating from the forbidden tree and the present situation in the "paradise on earth" where descendants were tricked into eating from the tree of democracy. Though, the former being in the domain of the almighty remains unchallenged but the latter being promised by the mortals needed an immediate explanation.

The people of Kashmir see themselves as the victims of democracy which they more often than not saw translating on the ground as hypocrisy. Thus, Kashmir should not only be seen from the eyes of those who have reaped the fruits of democracy but also those who have suffered through the hands of democracy.

The killing of democracy started way back with the dismissal of the than most popular leader of Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who had an absolute mandate of the people across the state in 1953, undemocratically, inspite of Sheikh being acknowledged nationally and internationally, which directly lead to the estrangement and alienation at the people’s level and a valleywide resentment against central government began. Moreover, since 1953 all the elections contested in Kashmir are now universally acknowledged as being rigged except for the election of 1977 which saw the return of the Sher-i-Kashmir, Sheikh Abdullah is said to be the first ever legitimate clean election in the state of Jammu and Kashmir but soon after the demise of Sheikh Abdullah in 1982 again his successors started facing the consequences of illegitimacy. 

The people’s confidence was lost completely as the centre did not oblige and rather robbed them off their states autonomy within the constitution of India. While the central government did talk about the devolution of power to the other states the state of Jammu and Kashmir remained undenied to the very right it was already entitled to and which moreover was given to it as an act of faith and was mutually agreed upon by the central and the state leadership. Soon after people felt that the central government had no right to protect what it has stolen from the people of Kashmir by way of deception. People see the central government as someone not willing to lose what they have grabbed for themselves by using all the force and might to protect it even if it comes at the cost of the blood of the Kashmiris, who by the way they claim to be their own people. By promising a better future to the people of Kashmir the central government has always denied them their present rights and that people with time have understood the non-seriousness of the central government to do anything about their deteriorating condition.  

Today Kashmir is at a crossroads. The problem is graver with the students who are the future of Kashmir. They get lost and don't know what direction to choose because as they go to their roots the only direction they feel right is protesting for their rights. They are frustrated because of the lack of opportunities. The youth is getting intelligent and less emotional they can see through the evil designs. The media has inflamed the people in the rest of the country against the people of Kashmir. Kashmiris are being painted as anti-national elements Whether, the man is guilty or innocent; he is educated or dumb; he is an adult or a minor; and the people in the rest of the country think that the forces are justified in doing whatever they do in Kashmir.

Let's have an honest approach towards changing the condition of the people in Kashmir. The patience and tolerance of the ordinary people of Kashmir should be appreciated and acknowledged. That will change the condition for better. 

(The author is student of Political Leadership & Governance MIT School Of Government)