Monday, January 20, 2014

Kashmir: '21 January 1990'

Tears filled in my eyes after reading an article in 'Greater Kashmir' Gaw Kadal massacre: Lone survivor recounts CRPF terror. It is not a story of a common human-being, it is a story of a miracle.

I want to visit Kashmir, a 12 years old daughter ask her mother, mother said no its not safe there, we'll go Shimla or Manali but not Kashmir. Why mom? whats the problem? Why we can't visit Kashmir.. Beta, you are too young to understand; the lady replied. End of conversation!!

Another example, Dad, I'm planning my holidays in Kashmir a 23 years old son asked his father, Dad's reply: No, you can go to beach side or if you have to go for mountains choose Mussoorie, Kashmir is not safe. Chapter close!!

These are real life examples, after 1990s people afraid to visit Kashmir, continuous bands (curfews) make the area more mysterious. I ask my dad, what's so wrong about Kashmir, he told me about some political issues; but that was not sufficient for me, so I start surfing around and the results were of two kind...

STORY from GOVERNMENT scenario 
STORY from KASHMIRI scenario

I start digging more, try to read as much as I can, what I found is this 'Gaw Kadal massacre' 21st Jan. 1990 (24 years ago), there was a huge bloodshed happen, 51 innocent people were killed in one day... and the reason was they want freedom.. now the question arise, freedom from what? freedom from whom?

In their own words: Kashmir is one of those conflict zones which have faced the worst human rights violations and crimes against humanity. Kashmiri people are suffering from extreme inhumane behavior for the last many decades like torture, extrajudicial killings, mass murders, rape, torture, and abuse, exposition of unmarked graves, detentions and enforced disappearance.

Muhammad Farooq Wani, 61, lone survivor of the Gaw Kadal massacre says: "It was like hell," on that ill-fated day CRPF troopers opened fire, there were injured people all around. Laying flat on Gaw Kadal, I witnessed the barbaric massacre of Kashmiris. "The injured were wreathing in pain and asking for water. It was horrible to see troopers laughing and kicking the injured. Suddenly, they started to pump bullets on heads of the injured persons, killing them instantly, I could see blood all around and hear last moans of death everywhere."

Due to excessive emotions I am not able to complete this post, Read Wani's story to know, what exactly happened that day. I m sure the story will bring tears in your eyes as well. Praying for those who lost their family in the incident. 

I want to ask so many questions to the authorities, to the government but I need support, we need to stand together for Kashmir, there are people still fighting for their rights and I want to plead each and everyone of you, before judging these people, listen their side of story as well. 

This post will continue with more facts.. 
Dear Readers, Please ignore all the mistakes as this I m writing this post after so much anger and sympathy. Will write more balanced post next time.

PS: Pictures are not mine and all credit goes to the owner