Despite beating drums about how Kashmir is an ‘Integral part’ of India, our valley has definitely never been treated as such. Kashmir is an internationally recognized disputed territory. Even though this fact does not need any evidence, the unimplemented UN Resolutions, that lie covered in heaps of dust, speak volumes about it. Unfortunately India, which has been repeatedly and severely censured at the UN Human Rights Commission and continues to face objections for her human rights record in Kashmir, continues to be stubborn. Meanwhile, Pakistan and China have also entered into this fray. All these countries are engaged in a race to subjugate this region. Pakistan and India, in particular, indulge in heated debates and express fake sympathy with Kashmiris. But, ironically the viewpoints of hapless Kashmiris are dismissed with contempt.
Kashmiris have no permission to pronounce or express anger and pain over killings and bloodshed. Whenever Kashmiris try to speak their heart out, they are silenced. Countless lives have been lost and thousands of our sons have disappeared. Numerous women have lost their chastity and almost everyone has been a victim of state barbarism in one way or the other. Killings have become an order of the day in Kashmir. On every other day, roads get painted red by the blood of innocents and this vicious cycle of violence continues day in and day out. There seems to be no end to our tragedies and sorrows. While the rest of the country celebrates festivals, we commemorate funerals. They burst crackers to mark special occasions and in our land, guns announce the dawn. Here weeping fathers shoulder coffins of their young sons while, in other places, there cakes are cut to celebrate birthdays. Their sisters celebrate “Rakhsha Bhandan’ and our sisters mourn their brothers. They rejoice while our eyes are moist with tears. Why? Why are Kashmiris treated so differently? Why are we killed so mercilessly? Is our blood so cheap that it is spilled every other day? Why do our women have to live in fear of being molested and harassed while the rest of the women elsewhere enjoy empowerment? Why do we face such atrocities if we are an integral part of the nation? Why? We need an answer from India!
—Zeeshan Rasool Khan