Kashmir was once called the ‘heaven on earth’ by Amir Khusro, the iconic Sufi musician and poet, and rightfully so. Kashmir’s beautiful lakes, temples, and valleys are nothing less than figments of heaven. But that is not what sadly, the state has been in the news for lately.
After the killing of militant Burhan Wani in an encounter, the place has witnessed constant unrest leading to the death of over 80 people. Though the country erupted with joy after India’s surgical strikes on Pakistan’s terror launch pads, evidently the tension in the region has continued.
In the light of this serious issue, a Kashmiri poet has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the Kashmir problem in all truthfulness because India is the safest option that Kashmir has. Liaqat Jafri, who is a poet and a professor from J&K’s Poonch district has written a letter in Hindi addressing the PM, which has since then, gone viral. The letter was shared by Justice Markandey Katju on his Facebook page.
The letter talks about the current situation of unrest and tension that the Kashmiri youth is facing, while they continue to aspire for a brighter future with whatever hope they have left in them. In July 2016, after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter. Since then, clashes have led to many civilians being killed.
Jafri pleaded in the letter to stop the killing, because “those who had once supported India, has now sided with the Kashmiri protesters.”
He talked about the youth in Kashmir in his letter. He wrote they are a generation suffering an identity crisis. While one day it wants freedom, the next day it wants to take up arms, just like Burhan Wani. Though on one hand, the youth throws petrol bombs, they also save the Army when caught in an accident. They give shelter to the Amarnath pilgrims during stone-pelting episodes and also carry the dead to the cemetery and dance in the wedding of a Hindu girl. He urged the PM to enter into a direct communication with these young people, because their confused state of minds is the result of a lack of leader to guide them.
He assures that for the common Kashmiris, India is still a secure option, but it is not the India where Muslims have to watch every word that comes out of their mouth. He urges the PM to stop the nude dance of death that is taking place and to start monitoring the discrepancies because, he wrote, there’s not enough time left.