Remember those who have suffered

Eid-ul- Fitr has come after a month of fasting and worship, made more daunting by the long days and hot sun. The festival is an ultimate award for the faithful who go hungry from sunrise to sundown in line with God's command.  Eid is about joy and celebration but there is nothing routine about this joy. The festival is about a spiritual renewal and a sense of fulfilment. In Kashmir and of course in other troubled spots of the world Eid assumes a meaning that runs even deeper. It is a very solemn occasion for individual and collective reflection and remembrance. It is also about our obligation towards our society. We not only inherit the tragic fallout of the trouble over the past three decades but also continue to live this reality in the present. Ramzan was no different. The Valley was witness to an unmitigated ferment throughout the month. Scores of protests broke out across towns and villages. Many a violent incident took place leading to loss of many lives. In the two weeks leading to Eid several security personnel including seven policemen were killed, one of them lynched. Eight militants also were also killed in encounters, three of them charred beyond recognition. Civilians also lost their lives. And on the eve of Eid, seven people died in a horrific accident at Gulmarg Gondola, four of them from one family. So, now when we are celebrating Eid  and God is showering the faithful with his blessings, we can hardly afford to be forgetful in our joy. We can hardly give way to an unbridled consumerism as our Eids are otherwise often witness to.  We cannot be bereft of the concern for the poor and the people who have suffered most and lost their loved ones over the past three decades and in recent period.  It is incumbent on us as a community that while we celebrate Eid  we also remember them and contribute in a material way to lessen their misery.

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