Kashmir is still not normal, it can never be normal, but I have hope. It transits between phases of abnormality of kinds. Call it political abnormality, call it abnormality of the security forces; call it abnormality of the people of Kashmir. Overall it is the residents of Kashmir who are suffering and shall continue to suffer; curfew on or curfew off is immaterial. I was trying to understand, why have Kashmiris have been driven to a point where they are retaliating in such a manner? What has the government done or for that matter not done to keep those people normal? What have the Kashmiris done to chalk out a road map for peace to prevail. Or is it a new fad because the echoes are coming from the Pakistani side that Balochistan wants azadi, so does Sindh and so does Gilgit-Baltistan. The only place which will be left with Pakistan would be Punjab. So fellow Indians living in Kashmir, give it a thought as to what you want to do with your future.
I take it that your struggle has been successful and you create another AZAD country, call it whatever name you want to, I suggest ASLI KASHMIR or KHALIS KASHMIR. Then what! Will India then be your enemy number one, friend, or just a neighbour; friendly neighbour I assume is out of question. I also presume that you shall look forward to establishing your defence forces or call upon someone to look after your defence. Will you allow the later? Well, then there shall be no difference in the present situation and the scenario I am imagining. India of course will stop all funding, as you would have your own budget. The UN and World Bank may contribute towards you as a new country, if you are recognized by the world. So, how will you generate revenue from your own people? People don’t have money and your new government won’t have money. People don’t pay any taxes now or for that matter anything for electricity. Will they pay then? I understand you have confidence in the Muslim world to support you for funds. But what will you eat, apples laced with saffron to survive I suppose. Remember you shall be land locked; air locked: and deprived of the sea. Jawahar tunnel sealed off on Jammu side, and the other limit will be Zojila, in fact Mamar on Kargil side.
I am sure India will withdraw all modes of transport and relocate its forces from the valley, or say hypothetically, India becomes magnanimous and leaves all vehicles. Will they run on Indus water? Or will you construct a pipeline from Iran through Baluchistan? How will you get used to living without electricity? I am sure you people would look for alternative means like solar, wind or hydro electric systems. Who will pay for it, India definitely won’t. Will you have the manpower and technology to build a single dam? Well, all these are my conjectures. Where will you get labour from for all such projects? The present kashmiri labour does not work for more than half a month and that too for not more than 2 hours a day, in which tending to his cattle, and other mundane activities are included. I am sure with the new country there will be a lot of motivation to work, and a person who hasn’t worked his whole life will start working like clockwork for a minimum 12-15 hours a day. I wish you luck.
Your agriculture sector is in a mess, your cattle rearing is in a mess, even sheep are imported from Australia, I know of it from my Gobal sheep farm days. Your tourism, call it religious or otherwise will become nil immediately. Amaranth yatra will stop, as it is appears to you as a forceful show of the Hindu brigade. Whom will you show the snow to? Who will sit in your Shikaras and Houseboats? Who will enjoy the “wazwan” and other delicacies of Kashmir? With no money in the bank, there would be arson and loot in the valley dear friends. You all may become petty thieves, lifting goats and sheep of the neighbours and then fighting all day over it. Please think about it.
Now, on the other hand if you forget your agitation; forget the animosity with India and its armed forces, which I am sure we will reciprocate wholeheartedly; you give up arms, hostility and hatred for once and give life another chance. Have you folks imagined what will you people get in return? You will have something better than paradise back. Agree once that you shall allow rest of India to do free trade with you. Allow industry to be set up by non Kashmiris. Please decide to come under one flag the tri-color. I feel half the issue starts with having your own flag, and the second half is having your own constitution. What is so unique in Kashmir and Kashmiri people that they can’t come under the ambit of the Indian constitution? Try it, you may find some sense in what I say. My skin may be darker than yours, but my blood is of the same colour friends. I may stay at a different place, but the air is common of what we breathe. My religion might be different from yours, but the path to reach our ultimate goal is the same of righteousness. What fear do you people have from me as a person, or a person who doesn’t belong to the valley? Can you welcome those people who were part and parcel of your valley once, whom you threw out because of some misunderstanding, if I can put it in the mildest manner? Welcome them back and flourish with them. I can assure you if you align with another country, you all may face the same consequences of being refugees in the other country you show allegiance to.
If I say that your show of angst is just to gain attention, gain sympathy of God knows whom, create chaos, and then you will quietly retreat to your burrows, for the festive/marriage season. Once your pay, perks and compensation is released, life becomes good. You people don’t appear to be genuinely interested in peace. The security forces will definitely fire if you pelt stones and other missiles at them. You will get hurt and maimed, even if the highest restrain is observed. What do you gain ultimately is nothing but frustration? Your children suffer, the youth suffer, and the young generation suffers. In fact who benefits if I ask it in another manner. You stay under curfew, someone from your family has to be shifted to the hospital for injuries, you lose a dear one, and even we the armed forces lose. We lose the sense of brotherhood with you, we hate to fire, we hate to kill, we hate to maim, but for how long and why?
Choice is yours friends, the ball will remain in your court. Remember friends, boundaries of Pakistan are due to change shortly, they can forget about Kashmir because it is and shall remain ours. The thought of annexing it by you or Pakistan should not arise. Live in peace, let live in peace, enjoy the bounties of nature, grow with India, and reap benefits of what we people of the plains do. Stop any support to Pakistan based or homegrown militancy/terrorism. Identify the culprits and inform the forces, see your life changing thereafter. Forces will embrace you with jadoo ki jhappis. You as a community shall prosper. Make your place a real “jannat” is my prayer. Will you? I wonder!!!!!!!!!!