Kashmir day has come and gone yesterday, but I am still trying to understand why we are still celebrating this holiday? Ahh yes Kashmir is our sheh rag and all I do get it, but why is its shehness still viable?
I happen to think of things from this side of the border, whether international opinion or Indian buzz supports it or not. Consider this, for the last 62 years we have been trying to win back a riasat, a piece of land which did not accede to us because its Maharaja went the Indian way while the public wanted to join Pakistan. We have done it all, diplomacy, supposed militancy, cross border trips to hell you name it we have done it to get this piece of earth back into our fold.
Along the way however we have seemingly closed our eyes to the three most glaring truths about Kashmir amidst our parroting the age old line of “human rights abuse” (which is indeed prevalent in Kashmir as it is in Fata as well)
- The people of Pakistan do not care!!Bit of a shock yes? But somewhere along the way our nation has realized that we have bigger problems than a lush valley not being part of us, problems like food, water, electricity, basic rights of law etc etc. I think we all can agree that we would rather see any of the above issues addressed then the “holy grail of Kashmir”
- The people of “Occupied Kashmir” do not care either. Their leaders can lay oath to their fidelity and loyalty to Pakistan as much as they want and have a second wife here or there in Pakistan but the truth is that theÂ “aam junta” wants to be with us as much as they want to be with India
- If we never move on from our past there will not be a future. The past is a constant fixation with us, we learn it in school “our great Islamic past” then in secondary level “our great mughal past” and so on and so forth. We live in it we revel in it and we refuse to give up its old disputes, Kashmir being the biggest one. We have clung onto this so much that in doing so we have taken the rivalry of our neighbor to the limit in our defense spending and done everything possible to commit national suicide, no wonder the kashmiris do not want to join us, why we might break apart into several more “Kashmirs” pretty soon.
Now someone tell me why we are still fighting over this when we stand at the brink of extinction ourselves? Why we want to shed blood countless money and political capital and god knows what else for a people who do not even after 57 years want to be with us. If such a thing happened in our normal lives we would scream in Kashmirs face. We would scream “you ungrateful SOB, I have spent my entire life raising you and supporting you but you want to move out now”
Reminds you of something doesnt it? As for Kashmir day it remains as much of a waste as does the movement. another ode to laziness, bitterness and inability to strive for the future.