Give it time. Kash­mir ki kalis can bloom by next spring

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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

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