21 October, 2020

Listening To The Stone

When Kashmir really speaks, what you hear is a medley of views

Illustration by Sorit
Listening To The Stone

The cry from one section of a group of Kashmiri youth we invited for a dialogue in New Delhi last week was: “We want azadi. India represents guns and repression.” However, there was another section from Srinagar, also Muslim like the first, that said, “These azadi-seekers do not represent the Valley. We represent the 61 per cent who voted in the last polls and want to live with India.”

There were Hindu Kashmiri youths from Delhi too, who asked what azadi was about, for its proponents only spoke with stones, and why so-called Kashmiri concerns never  included the aspirations of the Ladakh and Jammu regions, and of the Sikhs, Hindus, Shias and Bakarwals of the state.

There were students from the colleges of Srinagar, with a large group from the Islamic University of Science & Technology, led by two professors. Shehla Masood, president of the Progressive Muslim Women’s Association, helped in coordinating the interactions, which centred on the following reasoning. We allowed two generations in...



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