Give it time. Kashmir ki kalis can bloom by next spring
money source dries up (read: funding from assorted terrorist groups), the people themselves will turn their backs on anti-India activities and start on a fresh footing, focusing on education and jobs instead of revolt. It’s all about economic progress, he stated. And that does not happen overnight.
Meanwhile, there are committed and dedicated citizen groups from Mumbai, who left for Kashmir earlier this week, determined to offer help, medicines, food, money to those most affected. Their ‘worry’ was real and they were ready to do something about it by taking the trouble to go to Kashmir and assist in the recovery process. Among this lot were activists and journalists deeply concerned with human rights violations and determined to get direct access to information, minus government interventions.
It is going to take time for the ‘Kashmir problem’ to resolve. Every effort has to be made to generate jobs and create confidence. The puppet show that has been going on for so many decades in Kashmir has finally ended, for better or for worse. Some would say it has taken far too long to end a bad marriage and file for divorce. The uneasy ménage à trois was doomed from the word go. This is the chance to start on a fresh note, with interested parties conceding it’s all for the best. Minus outside interference and meddling, minus ugly manipulation and hostile threats from across the border, minus China playing the ‘Dark Knight’ and fanning trouble, chances of the troubled region experiencing overdue stability and prosperity are pretty bright. Those who ‘worry’ about Kashmir, should think positively — not about themselves, but about those who call Kashmir home and have done so for generations. The wretchedness of their existence is about to end. Let countless ‘Kashmir ki kalis’ burst into full and glorious bloom in the Valley… and in our hearts by spring 2020.
KEEP THE FAITH: Those who worry about Kashmir must think positively about the future of Kashmiris