Human beings, having the highest degree of intellectual power, are deprived of happiness in this contemporary era. Human beings desire happiness at every sphere of life. Satisfaction gives happiness and dissatisfaction creates unhappiness. Man is apt to avoid unhappiness and seek happiness. Hence it is a natural human right to be happy. And without happiness, life becomes dull. But how can one imagine the happiness of a mother who has lost her only dear son to bullets. How can a family be happy who has lost their sole bread winner. How can hundreds and thousands of children be happy, who are the worst hit of turmoil. It is ironical that the people of Kashmir have not right to seek happiness, although every one strives to be happy. Speaking sociologically, people of Kashmir have lost the track of social life. They can not enjoy or exercise their basic and inherent rights: civic and political rights, economic and social rights. Every day we have to witness killings, tortures, arbitrary arrests etc; which creates more unhappiness. Recently it has been suggested that not only animals, but also trees have rights. But in this part of world, the trend is rather opposite. I appeal those who claim to be the champions of human rights to come forward and raise their voice against the violations of Human Rights in Kashmir, which results in shaking the psychological and sociological foundations of human life in Kashmir.
Basharat Amin Allaqband
Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi