Unrest In Kashmir

    A year after the death of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, Indian authorities are still trying to subdue the unrest in Kashmir. The death of this terrorist sparked multiple riots throughout the state and is the root cause of the disturbance that still exists. More and more of the valley’s youth has been actively participating in the ‘stone throwing’ that is said to be funded by Pakistan’s ISI through the Hurriyat. The Hurriyat is promoting its separatist views in its attempt to radicalise Kashmir’s youth, perpetually trying to convince them to fight for its ‘independence’.

    The problem is that the Kashmiri economy has not benefited the same way from growth as the rest of India has; youth unemployment remains extremely high, leading to immense dissatisfaction. The youth of Kashmir has, as a result, become more prone to influence of the Hurriyat.

    Kashmir remains unwilling to look up to the Indian Government, mostly because of the brutality of the actions of both the sides. In 2016, the underprepared Army used pellet guns on the Kashmiri protestors who attacked their bunkers, severely injuring and blinding many of them. The Hizbul Mujahideen militants, on the other hand, have been repeatedly attacking the army and torturing those who are apparently ‘aids and informers’ of the police.

    The situation continues to be going on a downward spiral. Initially, dialogue between the Indian Government and Kashmir was open, but now, this too has stalled as the Government has a robust and strongarmed approach towards the Kashmiri protestors.

    However, the use of force does not seem to be helping the conflict in Kashmir; in fact, it is only aggravating it. The problem of terrorism cannot be solved by alienating the people – yes, the terrorists can and should be strongarmed, but the people should not be isolated. The Government needs to find a way to bring Kashmir back into mainstream politics and economy. Local political parties like Omar Abdullah’s National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti should be actively involved in promoting the same while simultaneously battling the terrorists. This will be an undoubtedly long process, but it is the only way to solve the problems raging in Kashmir – the state that, after more than a year of riots and unrest, deserves peace.

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Letters To The Majority #1

Dear Misogynistic Majority,
I’m filled with so much rage that I don’t even know what to say to you. I’m not sure what to say to anyone as I read the news of Bangalore’s “mass molestation” this New Years Eve. You all know what I’m talking about.
There were approximately sixty THOUSAND people on the two busiest roads in the metropolis that day. Sixty thousand people and yet no one helped as woman after woman faced sexual assault. There were 6-7 men stuck to each woman like leeches. Sounds horrifying, doesn’t it?
It is YOUR mentality that is the root cause of horrors like this. 45 CCTV cameras caught the assaults. If anything, these numbers should shock you – just like they shocked the nation. Our nation cries with agony when we read of cases like Nirbhaya and Bangalore. Our women cry with agony on a daily basis because of the assaults they face, physically and emotionally. Obviously, their cries go unheard, drowned out by jeering voices and whistles. It is not okay to leer or catcall. It is not okay to gently “brush” against someone. IT IS NOT OKAY TO BE A BYSTANDER, MAN OR WOMAN, LIKE MOST OF YOU WERE IN BANGALORE, WHILE HUNDREDS OF WOMEN GOT MOLESTED IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES.
I can’t comprehend what goes on in your mind. First you rape, then you proceed to make jokes on rape, and when we don’t laugh, what do you say? “So uptight, why can’t she take a joke?” What a good question. Well then, enlighten me. What exactly is the joke? What is oh-so-funny about rape that I should be doubled over in laughter?
Thought so. We live in a third-world country with the mentality of the Stone Age. Honestly. The misogyny prevalent in our country is seen DAILY. It is visible by the fact that of the sixty thousand people on those two roads, around a hundred were rapists and sexual offenders. It is seen when out of those hundred, only SIX people have been taken in due to ‘suspicion’ – they haven’t even been arrested. The officers said they would investigate the Bangalore case “silently”. This is what is wrong with our country. Why be silent? Women – shout, scream, fight for your rights and freedoms. Revolt. Do not be silent. NEVER be silent when it comes to your body.
And you, misogynistic men – again, I honestly don’t know what to say to you except that you need to change. Everyone has internalised misogyny buried somewhere within them. Everyone struggles with overcoming it – but unsurprisingly, the rest of us do. It’s about time you start trying too. You are not better than us. You have no right to treat us like objects and then make jokes about our sufferings. You have no right.
If rapes and sexual assault cases like these continue in India, there will be a revolution very soon. I swear to you, we will revolt. We will not tolerate being treated like your garbage.
As for the Bangalore case, go on, keep spreading your mentality. Make sure this happens again…and again…and again…and goes unreported, just like the hundreds of rape cases that go unreported everyday. Try to make rape jokes again. Make sure the nation sees a more horrific version of the Bangalore case. I dare you.
We will not suffer for your sins anymore.
                                                                                                                                     Yours Sincerly,
                                                                                                                      A sixteen year old girl,
                                                                                             On behalf of the Feminist Minority.