Kashmiri lives matter

Kashmiri lives matter

Those of us that visit other states realize how different it is to live there

When a person loses his eyesight, he loses everything; He loses his universe. Scores of young Kashmiri boys and girls have lost their eyesight in past couple of weeks and probably media too have lost the count of the toll. Everyone, be it rich or poor is protesting against the atrocities in Kashmir but the biggest irony is that most of the victims belong to downtrodden sections of society.

Talking about Kashmir, it’s is a heaven in terms of beauty and people. Kashmiris are ordinary, simple and peace loving people but the years of political turmoil has made them cold towards India and its policies but not towards citizens of India. Fear is a concept we Kashmiris have learnt to live with everyday. Fear inside the state and outside (of being called traitors and unthankful people), but this is so embedded in our lives that it almost seems normal. We have known no other way of living. Those of us that visit other states realize how different it is to live there. People live freely with no fear of the government or armed forces. They are treated with respect and their lives matter unlike the lives of Kashmiris.

Nevertheless its time not to get dehumanized. Every human life matters, similarly Kashmiri lives matter too. Enough is enough! No more deaths. Kashmiris protest because human life matters, the lives of our youth, women and children matter. The sickening cycle of killing Kashmiri civilians accompanied by sickening sound and fury of celebratory jingoism in the Indian media must stop too.

Finally my message to some Indians who judge and see Kashmir through the prism of biased and jingoistic media, please put yourselves in the shoes of Kashmiri people and try to see the conflict through their eyes. Talk to any common Kashmiri and he or she can share with you the direct pain, injustice and indignity that people continue to suffer as a result of conflict and human rights violations here in Kashmir.

Kashmir is neither an economic problem nor an issue related to good or bad governance but it is a political dispute and needs a dignified solution. Kashmiris should be taken on board and dispute should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of people of Kashmir. Let majority rule law be applied to Kashmir and let the decision of majority be respected and acknowledged by everyone. Moreover the demand of resolution of dispute should not only be of Kashmiri people but it should also be of every liberal and peace loving citizen of India and South Asia because the settlement of Kashmir issue is imperative for durable peace in entire South Asia as well.

Finally to some of you who may disagree with me, i  quoting John Lenon: “you may say I am a dreamer but I am not the only one. I hope some day you will join us and the world will live as one."

Writer is a law graduate from Symbiosis International University