An Open Letter to an Indian Friend

An Open Letter to an Indian Friend

By Junaid Shaida

Dear Pal:
I know it will sound odd of writing an open letter to you rather than adopting so other medium in this digital era, but trust me this is the last resort I have available in the gloomy valley of death. I was waiting for a while that things will change but NO, they have gone from bad to worse. God has made my land “Paradise on Earth” as we used to discuss in college days but now, the Valley is as good as living hell. Life over here vegetates in trepidation, under the shadow of the gun that has destroyed many roses. Tens of thousands of my innocent fellow Kashmiris have been killed, thousands blinded and bruised. Reports of there yet again, one more killed are frequent. . Being precise, another life was put to death for reason apparently best known to them.
Our children grow up watching graveyards populate in their villages. The situation in the valley is back to square one, from where it started. Everything is silent except the guns which keep blazing all the time. Every now and then the squeaky-clean, innocent populace is put to death in a cold-blooded manner. I had hoped that the onset of spring would soothe the blood dripped and gutted populace of last summer but it turned out to be otherwise. The bloodbath of the summer painted every home, hamlet, town, city or market red and spring is deeply brushing the same. It is tragic tales of grief that are doing rounds every now and then. Precious lives are lost in the conflict and it bruises one and all no matter whose bullet hit whom, and no matter on which side one stands.
Now that you were uptight and distressed by the video that surfaced in social networking sites showing some people hackling and abusing jawans and you failed to identify the other sane voices depicting that they are here to discharge their duties in the same.I would like to describe the quote unquote of the much condemnable incident
Why this altogether happened?
The background of this incident can be depicted in the context of other video that showed the kill skills of your jawan. Where a jawan shot a child, I repeat A CHILD directly on his head which could have been easily evaded by the man in uniform. Eight innocent lives were choked to death on the very day. Imagine the emotional and mental psyche of the one whose friend or brother was one shot dead at point blank for demanding his basic human rights. He will certainly heckle. I hardly saw any liberal Indian expressing the outrage on the eight innocent killings. You people failed to appreciate the video where the local populace formed human chain to shield your jawans for their safe passage. The much appreciated video could had boasted and created a good friendly environment. Alas! Your media houses chose hatred over love for their TRP’s which certainly does alienate the populace. We need to bridge the misunderstanding that media houses create by showing only one side of the coin.
Point 2
The armed personal were here for the so called democratic process –the “Elections” – discharging their duties outside the state. The fact that mere 7% votes were polledt should demonstrate eloquently to you the perspective of the majority of the  populace of the state. The Armed personals perceive the realities of Kashmir in context to other parts of India. But once , paramilitary personnel are shifted to Kashmir , their drawing on the board is through the prism of gun. I fail to understand why your jawans need to be rescued by facebook experts and patriots. (I would guess they have enough laws (AFSPA & PSA) and the necessary body armours and equipment).  All it shows is that either they are very poorly trained and lack professionalism or they are highly trained professionals who commit horrific violations.
Point 3
What do you expect from a youth who was on your side to cast his vote for the so called largest democracy, who was mercilessly tried to the Army vehicle as a Human shield and paraded 10-12 kilometers? He was no stone-pelter and as records show he had voted on the same day. Isn’t it unlawful as per your law and International conventions? The nation cannot cover itself in glory by indulging in such shameful human rights violation. Will this restore the credibility and legitimacy of the Government of India? Will this not alienate the populace?
When innocents are killed every day, the populace is bruised on daily bases,  and humans are used as shield,  this will add towards enhancing the conflict. It will certainly make the government of the day as an occupying force.
I hope I had put to you the other side of the coin but then they say “When it comes to Kashmir, the liberals and communals, all are same, I hope against hope that you will altogether view it with the shoes or perspective of the oppressed.
Many Regards
I am still alive

—The author is from Anantnag and holds an MBA and MPhil in Banking and Finance. He can be reached at:[email protected]

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