Kashmir.. the new Afghanistan
“Agar Firdaws ba roy-i zamin ast, hamin ast-u hamin ast-u hamin ast”
Today Srinagar enters into the 42nd day of Curfew and life of Kashmiris remains paralyzed. What is happening here is clear violation of Indian Constitutional Right — Freedom.
Kashmir has been burning ever since partition, and politicians have time and again added fuel to fire. The place which could have been the most favorite tourist place has become the battlefield of 2 stupid nations that are fighting over a piece of land instead of spending time and money to solve real problems — poverty, unemployment etc.
Around March 2011, I was posted in the valley for Statutory Audit assignment. At that time valley had just recouped from the 2010 public killings and life was trying to stand up on its feet. Prima facie, I was dumbstruck at the mesmerizing beauty of the place but gradually when i interacted with the local people, i got to know their frustration and pain of being captured in a jail.
In Srinagar on a average there are 3 average security person for each person, there are no malls, and the only cinema hall has been converted into a military barrack. Thanks to AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act).
Demilitarization is on the tongue of every kashmiri and people are being lured into terrorist organization in order to make them audible to deaf politicians in Delhi.
Personally, I’m don’t know whether AFSPA should be do away or not considering PAK frequent LOC violation and LeT hiring young people in their camp. But, I don’t want to wake up every morning and accompanied by 3 guards all my life.
What will happen Kashmir..only time will tell. Will it be part of Pakistan, India, or Independent ? But certainly it has become the second Afghanistan.