Yet Again…

Yet Again…
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Yet again, two young lives have been snuffed out in Kashmir. This points out to the very precarious nature of life here. Life and death, in some senses, are two sides of the same coin, especially from a religious perspective but there is a right to live and life is a gift from God. Nobody, except God has the right to take life. Admittedly, there are philosophical reflections and observations but are real and not ethereal. Now, with reference to Kashmir, such is the volatile precariousness of life that anything can happen anytime. This is a sad commentary on the nature of affairs here. But, yet again, commentary is commentary; it cannot bring back those who have fallen victim to the precariousness of life in Kashmir. However, the tragic irony is that instead of stemming the gratuitous loss of life in Kashmir, powers that be issue bland and banal statements to the effect of instituting probes and inquiries into these fatal incidents. These statements are so routine now that they stand rinsed of meaning. Can a statement bring back the dead? Can a statement or an “assurance” of an inquiry console those who have lost their near and dear ones? No is the obvious answer to these and other questions that fatalities in Kashmir raise. The right to life is an inalienable right which needs to be restored fully and totally in Kashmir. How, the question is, can this be done? Surely, not by “assurances” of probes and inquiries and other related banalities. The one and only one method and way of bringing an end to death and misery in Kashmir is the resolution of the conflict in and over Kashmir, in all its dimensions and forms. Admittedly, this is a hackneyed statement of the obvious but, there’s no other way out. Dilly dallying, and merely managing the conflict only means prolonging it which, in the final analysis, serves no one if prudence and wisdom are employed as yardsticks for judgment. So, instead of the banal and the trite, let powers that be, concentrate their minds on the obvious. There is an element of historical process involved here too. History is not static; it is dynamic. Instead of being prisoners to a static view of history, powers that be must seize the moments and impart dynamism to their respective world views. Disaggregated, this means giving history a shove and peace, within and without, a chance.

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