Agar Firdaus barrow e zameen ast, hume astoo, humee astoo, humee ast.”
A very common Persian line often being heard or read by everyone has lost its true meaning.
The Beauty of Kashmir can only be seen in the photographs captured in far off uncivilized places. However, the reality is still unfolded before the people who believe it to be a paradise. According to me if the reality gets revealed, in spite of beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes, one could see images of blooded roads, rivers full of dead bodies, crying children, scarred faces and many such that will truly change your thoughts about this so-called paradise. In other parts of the country, one can roam across the streets without any fear except for getting robbed. But, this paradise is such a place where one has restrictions to move out of his house and roam in his streets. Also, one is trapped in a fear of not getting robbed but getting murdered, kidnapped or beaten unnecessarily and that too without being a criminal or without having any such records in the past.
The people are happy as you know but not everywhere. The continuous shutdowns at least once or twice a year for a couple of months snatch the livelihood of many individuals and become a result of their disappointment in their life and in many cases, these disappointments had resulted in suicides. Also, women here in Kashmir as many news channels or many outsiders report after being to Kashmir are not enjoying their homes, many of them are mourning and some of them continue to mourn from decades back as a maximum of these ladies are widows or half widows as either their husbands had been murdered or unidentified and the credit for this goes to the Indian forces and the government has not even punished them for a single day.
India is a democratic country everyone knows but at the same time, there is not even a single law of justice applicable for Kashmiri people. The special status that was given to Kashmir had also been snatched and that too without the agreement of the people living here and then to these majority of people with no knowledge will say for what Kashmiri needs freedom?
The discussion does not end here. In this so-called paradise, a person who knows the reality is not the news reporter that dances on the beats of the orders of the Indian government, neither the one who lives miles away from here. But, a person who has been living here for decades but not for a couple of months or years and when these long-living Kashmiri people are asked they have nothing to start with but tears. Being suspected as terrorists, being discriminated against as Kashmiri, facing curfew days and nights, months and years, for being beaten in our own hometown unreasonably and that too by the people who don’t even belong to Kashmir, this is Kashmir not a paradise on earth rather “once a paradise on earth” and a Kashmiri who had faced and experienced this can a hundred and thousands of times repeat with tears in his eyes and boiling blood that Kashmir is not what the outsiders see but it is what a Kashmiri experiences.