The tumultuous generation

Things are spiralling out in a manner that the strings seem to switch hands from known to unknown, from those who hold positions to those who believe the positions have been exploited, from those who dictated from rooms to those who defy barbed wires, from those who harp the virtues of democracy to those who have lost faith in it and find relevance in mobocracy.
The tumultuous generation
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Where are we heading? It is a dark tunnel! It is all about chaos, anarchy, a stirred up tempest for the world or we may call a bottomless abyss into which the life in Kashmir is pushed for a free fall. Not a word from the power centers, not a mere mention in Prime Minister's 'Mann ki Baat', no honest analysis on television screens, not even a flinch in the eye nor a crease on the face of those who matter has been achieved. No wonder, a streak of remorse or a gulp of shame over the killings and maimed Kashmiris, is too big a thing that could be expected. 

Things are spiralling out in a manner that the strings seem to switch hands from known to unknown, from those who hold positions to those who believe the positions have been exploited, from those who dictated from rooms to those who defy barbed wires, from those who harp the virtues of democracy to those who have lost faith in it and find relevance in mobocracy. 

The bitterness and anger has touched new heights. It has taken stick from those who spearheaded the 'movement' during 90's and handed over to the new breed of youngsters born in conflict with shaped up psyche and molded out physique, with toughened minds and reinforced resolve, over the years, under the flames of turmoil. 

This could be gauged from instances where small children between the age group of 8 and 18 have assigned themselves to check the identity cards on the streets and decide upon the movement of those who risking their life step out of their homes, of course under some emergent compulsions. The motorcycle borne, masked teenagers, zoom across the streets and, in what could be seen as an emulation of 'Bollywood inspired style', fling the carts and toss the racks of vegetables on the road if a vendor is found defying an unprecedentedly strictest 'shut down protests' ever in the 'Hartal' records of Kashmir.

The evening 'Candle light' protests, the 'Flambeau (Mashaal) rallies', 'Community kitchens' outside hospitals, 'Distribution of free medicine' to injured, 'After Namaz' sloganeering without any fear of being profiled is not an ordinary situation that could be shrugged off with a hope of tiring them down out of their own exertion. 

Leaving situation to take its course and expecting it to die its own death, as would happen in the past, without really understanding the pulse, touching the hearts and actually addressing the concerns with compassion and empathy would just be suicidal. This, even if happens, on the contrary would lead to frustrations and bottle up passions to explode with a new vent, of course with new manifestations and with new horrific dimensions.  

Without actually 'feeling' the pain of those who have suffered, not necessarily as a consequence of death or injury of an immediate relation or acquaintance, but suffered even due to unswerving rejection of being heard, being understood, being mentally traumatized, being portrayed as an enemy, being witness to mayhem, being seen through the prism of religion, being positioned to receive bullets on mere suspicion of picking a stone from the ground,  being given an environment where blood soaked bodies, sobs, pain, pellets and bullets distinguish a Kashmiri from a non-Kashmiri, a roadmap to place Kashmir on rails cannot be drawn. 

Unfortunately Kashmir is understood with a myopic analysis of things flashed over the screens in the evening discussions and its policy is drafted strictly within the precincts of Nationalism, Patriotism, Pakistan angle, Terror perspective, Religious tilt, Vote politics and Political coterie. The actual shades of conflict have never reached the canvass blackened by the vociferous speakers, supposedly 'experts on Kashmir matters' without having ever visited Kashmir or having any real knowledge of Kashmir or Kashmir affairs. 

The choked emotions, as a result of such policies and wrong portrayal of issue before the nation, that need an exhaust opening are hammered down the throats only to blast the veins carrying them to color the faces red with anger and disgust. This dangerous tendency has cast its reflections in the present day crises with strong signs and forewarnings to consume the future generations under its perilous spell, if not understood with its true hues and not addressed with compassion without wasting time any further.

The children who check the identity cards watch politicians sealing their mouths when it comes to Kashmir. They observe the skewed media propaganda. They understand the reasons that force journalists to press mute buttons on Kashmir just because one of them challenged their credentials for having covered the situation in its true form. They absorb the venom that the social media trolls across the country dissipate. This is the generation grown under the muzzle of a gun, with tech savvy fingers to hold the world under their armpits, with strong understanding of historical events and conviction to stick to the point they believe is worth giving life for. This generation needs cautious handling with due sensitivity, care and compassion coupled with a sense of trust that needs to be reposed for they can't be fooled with gimmicks that they believe have failed their elders all along. 

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