“firing in kashmir valley, 40 terrorist killed, 6 soldiers martyred”
I’ve grown up seeing these type of headings, even when i didn’t understand a single thing about politics, i used to wonder, isn’t it wrong to kill? And why the soldier is “martyred” and terrorist is “killed”, even when both of them eventually took human life?
And then eventually between these type of headings, i grew up!!
Let’s head back to starting, to the independence year, 1947! Raja Hari singh was the ruler of kashmir at that moment, and he signed a” PROVISIONAL” accession pact with india to secure the free will of kashmir from the invading rebels led by pakistani troops.The term “provisional” meant that when the conditions were peaceful, people of kashmir will decide whether to stay with india or not! Also,along this road somewhere,” azad kashmiri army” was formulated which was a group of people from kashmir who wanted to liberate kashmir from army by force, so they were regarded as “terrorists”.
Then in 1948, UN passed the verdict on kashmir issue stating that will of kashmiri people should be ascertained and that it will be decided by a plebiscite and that both the countries india and pakistan should withdraw their armies from the kashmir so it could be done in peaceful manner. But the fact whether “azad kashmiri army” should also be ripped or not led to the rise of conflict and neither of the country backed down their military, and eventually the right of people of kashmir was lost, lost in the egos of two countries. It was not only the right that lost but many lives were also lost too, precious human life whether be it indian soldier who was “martyred” or some kashmiri militant/terrorist who was “killed” but the loss of life did occur that too great many number of times!
If the whole population of a particular area believe in something then it is termed as “nationalism”, we believed it when we took freedom from britishers, now majority of kashmiris believe in “azad kashmir” then why is it terrorism? Well, it is terrorism to us but to them its the “sarfaroshi ki tamanna” so they won’t stop just like we never did no matter how much we lost.
Is the ego of two countries greater than the human life??
The brave indian soldiers that are dying with their head held high with pride are fighting for their country, for the thing that they believe in is true, the terrorist kashmiri militant are dying for what they believe is true, so why is an indian soldier “martyred” and a kashmiri militant is “killed”?
Why am i writing this? Well, my big brother used to recite a poem to me, which i never understood until now, here it goes,
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
So if we/i do not speak now then eventually there’ll be no one to speak for me when they come for me, and they will come for me, cause it is a part of evolution, majority community always dominates minority community.