Kashmir: An Imagined Community

People on the contrary, who fortunately are victims with little or without political power, under such conditions are proving instrumental to influence community and join people together.
Kashmir: An Imagined Community
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'If you wish to get your Job done, give it to a busy Man' Benjamin Franklin'

In conflicted state of affairs the intended silence every so often is seen doing disservice to the nation.  Added to it, the unyielding resistance by the States in conflicting atmosphere to not to show respect to the resent or dissent of the people are always offering a rejuvenating base or a strong skeleton to the mass movement which sets stage right for change. Equally, the State discourses mismatching both time and tide are further aggravating things. People on the contrary, who fortunately are victims with little or without political power, under such conditions are proving instrumental to influence community and join people together. These ordinary people believe in the dictum of 'Must Do Something' policy and consider social movement as palpable and reactive response to crises. 

Under such circumstances people develop a great sense of belonging not only with the individuals of their immediate society/group or community in the surrounding but also to the assets they feel they belong to. The people are getting profusely caught in the imaginations of living with a separate identity and coming closer to 'We-Feeling'. This 'We-Sentiment' element unleashes the commonality of the group or community and therefore, acts as a strong sense of identity flouting the dispersed voices. The group/community reacts very sharply whenever they feel that their community, commonality, 'mind group', etc. is threatened or criticized. The people here come to believe that they belong to a particular piece of territory or nation entitled with supreme sovereignty and imperative loyal bondage. The people adhere to shared beliefs with their strong emphasis on the shared interpretation of their situations and problems by their social actors leading to collective behaviors. These social thoughts become institutionally provocative and thus, culminate into precipitating factors, mobilizing actions or real actions, inducing social actors to shape to what is called 'Transformed Consciousness' or evolution of 'collective behavior'. Tolerance is exercised and criticism becomes a predictable craft, not for the sake of criticism alone but for the sake of learning positives from the negatives. The people are, knowingly or unknowingly, indulging in 'Collective Representation' which according to Durkheim socializes a group to behave as per the ideas, ideals, attitudes and norms socialized or manufactured in the 'Collective Representation'. This feeling is mutually proclaimed, mutually owned and is both imperative and compulsive. For the perpetual preservation of this feeling individuals/groups thankfully even sacrifice their lives for their great principal, cause, ideal. Thus, they have a great force with them which motivates an individual to mend his ways as per the group or community needs or become goal friendly. These signs and symptoms largely resonate with the 'Imaginative Community' concept prayed by Benedict Anderson in his famous compilation, Imagined communities: Reflections on the origin and spread of Nationalism, 1991. The scholar considers collective imaginations mandatory for nationhood as these collective behaviors are strong currents to cement nationalism. 

The post Burhan Kashmir is possibly turning upside down, not to talk of the goverment. The more they dig deep to plant their forced nationalism in Kashmir the less it gets enshrined in the hearts of the people. The State coercion is falling flat on its face. People are showing solidarity for a common goal. They are themselves their path makers and set in a different tune to the conditions and evolve programmes in accordance with the ethics of the movement. There is no reliance on mainstream politicians as they are branded as stooges and 'mix of opposites'. They and their institutions showed all inability to reproduce social cohesion. Their policy to negotiate crises through so called 'Development Model' is finding takers. 

What creates problems is the planned avoidance to call spade a spade. Thanks to the discussions, debates, held in the Indian parliament and media; analyzing Kashmir problem through the prism of development, religion, Pakistan, as an issue of terrorism  is onlu complicating the matter. It won't be wrong to say that Kashmir is in an unusual mental state to send message to the entire world, through self reliance, unity and solidarity, collective thinking, and  readiness to face what is expected. 

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