Kashmir: Still a Long Walk Ahead

The new generation of Kashmiri freedom fighters have put this struggle to a new level. They have dropped weapons and opted for offering their young blood and one obvious thing about the blood is that it cannot go unnoticed.

Kashmir, the oldest unre-solved dispute in the world, a nuclear flashpoint and a cause of three wars between India and Pakistan, is still looming large at the world canvas as an unfinished agenda of 1947 subcontinent partition.

Kashmiri freedom fighters’ earlier peaceful struggle intensified in 1989 and changed into an armed one but since the middle of 2010 the next generation of Kashmiri freedom fighters have put this struggle to a new level. Now, it is peaceful yet firm and taxing but consistent. Now, they have dropped weapons and have opted for offering their young blood and one obvious thing about innocent blood is that it cannot go unnoticed as it has moved the world all and sundry. Kashmir is bleeding and so is India, at least economically. Arundhti Roy, a famous Indian human rights activist and a big critic of Indian army’s hostilities in Kashmir openly says, ‘it’s high time that India be liberated from Kashmir.’

For a nation to get freedom in the power plays of contemporary world-is one way or the other ‘attached to the interests of superpowers. Recent history of the world is replete with such examples. For instance, if we start with our own case the struggle lasted for about a century. Also the United Kingdom itself was no more in a position, especially after the World War-II, to keep in control a country which had already become a baggage because of its enormous size and changing environment.

Americans, on the other hand, had taken over the control from the British and liberation of colonial states was a priority on their world agenda. That’s why, many states got liberated one after another in that era. There are, however, some cases in which results appeared premature than the movement merited. For example, East Timor’s liberation from Indonesia. Different war groups are still in fighting out there and United Nations peace keeping missions are required right since independence to keep the situation in control.

As far as the freedom of Kashmir is concerned, it will happen. It has to because the movement is just, the sacrifices are large and the spirit is indomitable. But in my perception the movement has still not covered the ‘enough’ distance, it is just a little ahead of the middle stage of its journey.

Also, the success of the Kashmiris struggle has less to do with the direct support of Pakistan or the Muslim world because we all know their role but it has a lot to do with the emergence of China as superpower and taking control from the US.

China has a principled stand in this regard. It does not accept Kashmir as a part of India and that’s why, Kashmiri people get their Chinese visas on a separate paper attached to their Indian passport.

This balance shifts may take some time, but the Kashmiris will have to keep the flame of liberation alight.

By: Faisal Faraz

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