When economy of a society fails to deliver on certain aspects, economists direct for economic recourse of that society. They call for a shift or change in the system. Their want for change in the system is a result of failure of techniques vis-à-vis adjustments.
Last month, a Kashmiri trucker was attacked by goons in Udhampur area of Jammu. The subject was beef and it was connoted that animal meat was more precious than human flesh as the Kashmiri person was burnt alive. The news did not qualify to become a headline for the ‘national’ television channels. However, after a prolonged battle with life, one boy named Zahid succumbed to serious burn injuries. The news still did not qualify more to be discussed around the ‘Comedy shows of India’ where Pakistani guests are invited every evening to listen to the rants of being failed citizens of a failed state. The Nation knows every night that Pakistan is a failed state. The following day, a Kashmiri legislator was attacked with ink in New Delhi and valued citizens across the ‘nation’ were seen more concerned about the ink attack rather than saying a word about the murder that had just taken place.
Like the economic situation above, one can similarly consider the subject of Kashmir before the 1990s when the so-called extremists took part in the normal (sorry, mainstream) election process. Maybe they wanted to change the system, who knows. This however did not work and Kashmir became a story of distress. Killings became an everyday news, loot and plundering became normal activities and the corruption of every kind we were put into may still take years to recover. Yes, we became corrupt in every aspect of life and the ‘infamous’ post-90s period made us children of Bollywood movies who are violent, depressed and big-hearted at the same time after a villain takes away happiness from their lives.
When Zubin Mehta visited Kashmir in 2013, his musical concert was reserved for the capitalist class and ‘notorious’ Kashmiri people were kept away from being a part of the concert. However, the musician had wished to perform before the ‘notorious’ people of Kashmir. For reasons known to the ‘administrators’ only, curfew was imposed and security was tightened across major parts of Kashmir. In the same connection, three people were killed in cold-blood. Therefore, when hosting of a musical concert demands killing of people, there’s a problem which you need to address.
Plus, when a decree becomes tactic for politicians to lure people, there’s some fault in the system. When Afzal Guru was hanged, the decision was taken unhappily by people from ruling party even. Opposition parties along with the coalition were seen playing blame games and trying to seek mandate from the already hurt people. However, Kashmir was charitable enough to offer lives after lives; one of whom was a student of doctorate. The period is also called post-Afzal hanging period.
The chart I am trying to make out is not simple. Even if I shorten my approach on understanding some recent happenings, I may draw blank. When some boys were found killed in mysterious conditions at Pattan in North Kashmir some month back, there was a delay in giving strike call by ‘separatist’ political parties, which has otherwise become a habit now. If common understanding is sought, there was a ‘serious’ question whether the boys belonged to their party or not. Anyway, families had lost count, common Kashmiris(to use the much hyped word) had been killed, different sides had put forward their reports and all was well.
During the recent elections in Kashmir, a ‘top’ Kashmiri politician stated on a ‘national’ TV channel that Kashmir was the integral part of India. Some days after he was given a certain post, he remarked in a function that Kashmir needed economic stability at the first place. I was curious and questioned his remark that he had made earlier. He lied and I was not surprised actually. He said that Kashmir belonged to Kashmiris alone and India and Pakistan were the main hurdles in the development and lasting peace and that resolution of Kashmir was a prime challenge. Whether democracy has failed or not is not the question. The concept of political power has been conferred with embodiment of lies, which is not otherwise true.
P.S : Have we become habitual victims enough to call for a change in the system? Do we qualify to have the right to rebellion? Period.
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