These are the words being ‘parroted’ by every politician in Kashmir ever since the President of Pakistan spoke about it.
This word/phrase, that has been doing the rounds of newspapers, newsconferences, newsmeetings, newsblogs, newsmagazines, newschannels, newssites and newsnews in India, Pakistan and Kashmir has not even been described well. It means nothing at all in reality. It’s just a word, with no substance, no logic and no realistic applicability.
Self Rule is a model being presented by the President of Pakistan as a ‘solution’ to the Kashmir Confusion. I used the word ‘confusion’ for Kashmir and not ‘problem’ or ‘conflict’ because this is what Kashmir is now. A confusion for the people of Kashmir more than it is for the people of the world who simply see the Kashmir issue as one of ‘terrorism’ or of ‘freedom fight’ depending on which side of the axis you lie.
We, the people of Kashmir, have a strange habit, we cling to mere words said by anybody, who could be anything, nothing or everything, as long as the word has some hope hidden within it’s meaning. We are good at searching for hope, because it is hope that ‘keeps us alive’ and it’s ‘hope’ that makes us the laziest people in the world. Having found hope in a word, we move on with our lives, without thinking twice about the ‘word’ if not the issue. And we do not feel guilty because we think that the ‘hope’ we have seen within that word, will work itself to reach a conclusion, a decision for the confusion that has been surrounding us for decades. We ourselves don’t want to do anything lest our soft hands and rosy cheeks lose their beauty.
Earlier also we clung desperately to a word ‘healing touch,’ a mere word again with no substance and which proved as fake as the women who was using it the most. I am referring to that obnoxious lady, Mehbooba Mufti, who is the President of PDP, meaning Peoples Democratic Party.
Interestingly the first result in google search led me to a page called PDP Systems. PDP systems claim that they “provides memory solutions with high quality products and services that are competitively priced with value in mind.”
I am sure this would be a service that Mehbooba Mufti should use, she needs to boost her memory. Rewinding back to the time when she was not in power, she shed tears over the ruthless ‘excess’ of the Indian Army and then as soon as she stepped into the corridors of power, the ever-ready ghulams (servants) of her’s wiped the tears off and asked what ‘excess’ the people were referring to. She herself claimed that she had never said a word against the army and that she did not know Indian Army was stationed in Kashmir or something to that effect. I am not kidding!
You don’t believe me, let me give an example: The National Highway connecting India and Kashmir was blocked, thousands were stranded in Jammu and on the highway itself. Poor people, rich people, women and children with sufficient warm clothes, women and children with insufficient warm clothes, old people, young people, people who smoke pack a day and people who don’t smoke ever in their lives. People of all hues and shapes and sizes and colors were stranded. The army rescued the stranded ‘army men’ in preference to the population, even though the army is supposed to brave odds! But, let’s not talk about that. And we had Mehbooba Mufti travelling in London asking the government their to remove travel restrictions on Kashmir. The government obliged and issued even stricter warnings for travel to Kashmir! And the next morning, the people are still stranded on the highway trying to eat bits and pieces they can lay their hands on, Mehbooba says that she wants Mc Donald’s in Kashmir!
The Greater Kashmir cartoonist very well depicted her condition:
When she was called and asked about the efforts being made to rescue the people who were stranded, she said, “I don not know anything about that, ask the Divisional Commissioner.” When the Divisional Commissioner was contacted he was busy learning to make burgers.
Search for Peoples Democratic Party amused me, on the first result that is displayed, the snippet says “Peoples Democratic party has murdered Democracy.” How very true for Kashmir as well.