‘Pro-Azadi slogans at SKICC eye-opener for New Delhi’
SRINAGAR: Asking the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to be honest in conveying the feelings and sentiments of people of Jammu Kashmir to the rest of India, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed termed Saturday’s incident at SKICC as “eye-opener” for New Delhi.
In a statement, Rasheed said, “Before asking Kashmiris to forget past, Sri Sri should have advised New Delhi also to forget its arrogance of past and come forward for a realistic and honourable settlement to resolve Kashmir dispute.”
“Kashmiris would have appreciated had Sri Sri Ravi Shankar raised voice for them, who have been butchered by security forces and other central agencies since 1989, at various forums all over India,” he said. “Sri Sri should first condemn the unabated killings and should have raised tremendous pressure through civil society and other groups on political parties in India to give Kashmiris the right to self-determination.”
The AIP president added, “Whatsoever the participants did at SKICC was what Sri Sri deserved as his sermon on ‘Art of Living’ to Kashmiris was like adding salt to their injuries. Rather than narrating Kashmiris Payam-I-Mohabbat, Sri Sri should have visited Shopian and other places to army camps and explained them the significance of ‘Message of Love’.”
“Those having lost one lakh lives, sacrificed their honour and dignity, faced forced labour and forced disappearances, got blinded through pellets, hanged and even dead bodies not returned to the families, humiliated on daily basis know better art of living than Sri Sri,” he said.
MLA Langate said the “pro-Azadi” slogans and people’s anger should make Sri Sri understand that Kashmiris cannot afford to surrender before India’s choice. “The only contribution of Sri Sri towards Kashmir has been to use sincerity of Burhan Wani’s father in trying to distort his image and create confusion among Kashmiris soon after Burhan got martyred. Sri Sri should understand that it is very difficult for Kashmiris to forget the past as they are not enemies of India but simply want their political right which has been promised by United Nations,” he said.
“People like Sri Sri do visit Kashmir on occasions just to check mood of the people and see if Kashmiris have lost the stamina to carry forward a peaceful political struggle for seeking the right to self-determination,” Er Rasheed said.