Hindu zealots ex­e­cut­ing cul­tural ag­gres­sion

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

ISLAMABAD—All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence Chair­man, Syed Ali Gi­lani has said that com­mu­nal forces of India backed by Sangh Pari­var are hell-bent upon ex­e­cut­ing cul­tural ag­gres­sion in In­dian Held Kash­mir.

Syed Ali Gi­lani in a state­ment is­sued in Sri­na­gar, on Thurs­day, re­act­ing to the an­nounce­ment made by a Delhi-based group, Ab­hi­navgupta She­shadri Samiti, to or­ga­nize a new ya­tra to a cave in Beerwah. He termed the move as a well-hatched con­spir­acy against com­mu­nal har­mony in the ter­ri­tory.

The Hur­riyet fo­rum led by Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq in its state­ment said that anti-Kash­mir poli­cies of India were wrought with alarm­ing con­se­quences and in­tended at harm­ing the col­lec­tive in­ter­ests of the peo­ple of Kash­mir. On the other hand, top Hur­riyet lead­er­ship af­ter a joint con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing in Sri­na­gar ap­pealed to all imams and khat­ibs to sen­si­tize masses against the anti-Kash­miri agenda be­ing ad­vanced by RSSbacked In­dian gov­ern­ment and its lo­cal col­lab­o­ra­tors.—APP road to the vil­lage, high schools for boys and girls, a hospi­tal, vet­eri­nary clinic and hooked up the vil­lage to re­ceive the wa­ter sup­ply. But the projects were left half­way af­ter Mushar­raf lost power.

On the in­stance of Man­mo­han Singh, an In­dian or­ga­ni­za­tion, The En­ergy and Re­sources In­sti­tute (TERI), set up two power mi­cro-grids in Chak 313 vil­lage of Pak­istan’s Sahi­wal dis­trict as part of the ini­tia­tive to light it up. It was part of its ‘Light­ing a Mil­lion Lives’ cam­paign, which has provided elec­tric­ity to over 3,80,000 house­holds in ru­ral India.

“We are es­sen­tially pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port to boost en­ergy se­cu­rity in Gah. We have con­nected sev­eral houses through smart grids and have set up 51 so­lar-based do­mes­tic light­ing sys­tems in the vil­lage since 2006. TERI has also in­stalled 16 so­lar street light­ing sys­tems and so­lar heaters in all the three mosques of the vil­lage,” an of­fi­cial of TERI was quoted by news­pa­pers in 2012. The ini­tia­tives taken by both gov­ern­ments have brought a change in the lives of Gah vil­lagers.

India and Pak­istan may con­tinue to harbour ac­ri­mo­nious re­la­tions but the sto­ries to emo­tional bond­ing that em­anate from places such as Jati Umra and Gah are surely in­spir­ing and iso­late those gov­ern­ment poli­cies that only work in di­vid­ing the peo­ple.

These two vil­lages have been lucky to have con­nec­tions with prime min­is­ters but there might be many more where or­di­nary cit­i­zens would long for vis­it­ing their birth­places and con­trib­ute in their de­vel­op­ment. Though they share the cul­ture and the lan­guage yet they are far away as the barbed wires and con­crete walls de­mar­cate them on the ba­sis of their re­li­gion. —Cour­tesy: Ris­ing Kash­mir

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