Album on curfewed Kashmir goes viral
A video album Ab to Azad hai duniya depicting life of Kashmiri family under severe curfew in Kashmir has been doing rounds on social media with users from India and Pakistan blaming each other for problems in Kashmir after watching it.
The album was released on 14 August in Pakistan and was telecast on their expressnews channel too.
The professionally made album shows a Kashmiri woman preparing her son and daughter for school and her struggle to evade the government forces enforcing curfew on the street.
The song sung by a child artist starts with the lyrics Maa Kashmir to Jannat hai na Jannat me Toofan hai kyun, Haq to haiwanoo ke bi hai dard me fir insane hai kyun (Mother Isn't Kashmir a Paradise, then why there is storm in the paradise. Even animals have rights but why we humans are in pain). The album also shows streets and bylanes strewn with pro-freedom and graffitis, much like the present scenario in Kashmir.
The video also tries to plead with world powers to intervene in Kashmir for its resolutions. There are references of western capitals and UN headquarters. The sad song also shows the government forces raid in the house of the woman where her husband is killed in front of their children. Real life visuals of pellet injuries and beating of children are also included in the album that ends with plea for freedom Ab Tou Azaad Hai Duniya Phir Main Kiun Azaad Nahi (the world is free now, why not me).
The song has been shared and viewed thousands of times on various social media platforms including youtube, facebook and twitter where it has often became a blame game for between Indian and Pakistani users. Both accuse each other of atrocities in Kashmir while commenting on the video. While Indian social media users raise the issue of Pandits, Pakistani and Kashmiris point the fingers on Government forces. One of the users Muhammad Tayyab wrote "awesome and heart touching, tears blast at the end, damn this blind world."