When a person is humiliated, he fights back. He may respond in a similar manner, he may respond in a more severe manner or he may suffer the humiliation silently. If he is among those whose suffer silently, his peers will call him a coward, a loser, a good-for-nothing. He may be treated as a social outcast, for not standing up, by his own people. But, what happens when an entire nation is humiliated, when an entire nation is unable to stand up, when an entire nation suffers and tolerates humiliation? Does that nation become a social outcast for the rest of the world? Yes, it does. Not in the manner an untouchable is made to stay away, not in the manner rich people sneer at the poor, not in the manner capitalist economies look down at the concept of social equality, not in the manner religions fights, not in the manner of blood baths during wars, not in the manner of people being hung by their own courts, but rather in a manner that is worse than and a combination of all of these.
Kashmir has been humiliated by people who occupied it. Pakistan humiliated Kashmir. India humiliated Kashmir and continues to do so. And Kashmiris, are now, unable to stand up. Having accepted defeat, having accepted humiliation as a way of their lives they have been reduced to nothing, they have become undesirables in this world and have turned into social casts for the entire universe. This all is because they were unable to retain or regain their position as equal people of this world. The way Kashmir is being treated is the way a social outcast is, and deserves to be, treated. Why will any other nation come and help a people who are so occupied in themselves, so divided among themselves, that they are unable to realise that they are seen as the denizens of a leper colony. And the world will continue to stay away from them as long as they don’t cure themselves of their diseases. Our leaders, Farooq Abdullah, Mufti Sayeed, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Mirwaiz Omer, Syed Geelani, Ansari, Beigh & Yasin Malik might see themselves as tall figures, who command awe and respect from the world. But, in reality when they stand in front of audiences all over the world, they are looked down. Their words elicit chuckles of laughter as they are considered a bunch of comedians, worse than even their own people. The world lets them talk because it is always good to listen to real actors, who shed crocodile tears, claim to be desperate and plead for justice.
Will the people wake up and regain their status as equals in this world?