The Kashmir Curse

The Kashmir Curse
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Life in Kashmir continues to be tenuous and precarious as the conditions here continue to exact a toll. This is as unfortunate and sad as can be for life is the ultimate gift given by the Creator to mankind. There seems to be what may be called the “Kashmir curse” in operation in the torn vale whose consequences the people of the blighted region have to bear. This constitutes both a tragedy and travesty against the backdrop of the 21st century where peoples in other parts of the world are free from the depredations of conflicts and misery thereof. These people , can and do look forward to what life has to offer but here people are trapped in its vicious and fatal vortex. All this is underscored by civilian deaths that occurred in Kulgam. Kashmir and Kashmiris, deserve a future free from morbidities and not a condition where uncertainty prevails. In a way, what the people of Kashmiris are suffering from and being victim of is a history whose consequences are panning out now. The burden of history is borne by almost every Kashmiri. But, generally speaking, world history suggests that mankind need not be imprisoned by history and its nature, and course thereof. The grist and mill of modernity suggests that history can be overcome and its yoke thrown off , all for the benefit of peoples. The same holds true for Kashmir which if a phrase might be employed is defined by the history induced inertia. It perhaps would not matter if the victims were not real people. But, alas, they are. God has gifted mankind with the faculty of thinking , introspection and the ability to improve upon a given condition. It is these faculties that must be exercised and taken recourse to and the rather inimical forces of history be overcome. (Philosophically speaking, it is the exercise of these faculties that render humans human). To free people from the burden(s) of history and its insalubrious consequences, approaches and paradigms must be redefined in a way and manner that redounds to the benefit of all. This is neither a Sisyphean endeavor nor a difficult one. If , in other regions of the world, it could be done, the same has the possibility here too. It is when uncertainty is given short shrift and when approaches that are beneficial to all that are instituted that comprehensive peace and its corollaries can descend on Kashmir.