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The deadliest of lies is the lie of misinterpretation, When one pictures others emotions and sentiments through the mask of hidden agenda. The idea is who gives them right to speak on others behalf and then colour their voices for their own profits.
Being a part of the group of students who visited Mr. Sandeep Bamzai, I never expected our voices will be moulded for “Bijli, sadaak and Paani” like petty things. We did talk about different issues surfacing Kashmir issue, our message was loud and clear , “Bijli , Sadak and paani” issues are beyond our comprehension, we want our basic right, the right to live with dignity.
One of the group member who always supported India for Kashmir future surprised us by his sudden burst of emotional feeling of every Kashmiri. “How can an army person from a backward tribe of Adivasi caste come to Kashmir and rule us, we are from Indo-Aryan race and how can he dare to frisk us?” He surely showed when it comes to dignity, every Kashmiri is united and will fight for the rights.
Discussion went on for famous Kashmir pandits working outside and the rule of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The voices were echoing, “Allow Kashmiri pandits to come back and Abdullah is a complete failure.” Then came the Geelani topic, every student said, “We don’t support any leader, we support an ideology, ideology of dignity, ideology of sacrifices. Geelani is popular only as he stands clear on this ideology while others have no clear cut ideologies”
Mr. Bamzai at the end asked for students verdict on Kashmir. Most of us said Azaadi, one said Pakistan and one autonomy. So tell us Mr. Bamzai where from this so called “Bijli, Sadak and Paani” demand came from our lips. I have no words to say about this interpretation, I will leave it only to Mr. Bamzai to comment, where from he got this impression to speak on our behalf.
If this trend of misinterpretation continues in media like this, I feel Indian democracy in future will face a danger of sorts. Fourth estate needs to live up to its expectations of credibility and truth. I hope things will change in future.
Nayeem Raja is one of the students who met Sandeep Bamzai during their interaction session with him as being the students of Mass Communication department, University of Kashmir.
You can read the piece to which the student has responded here- “Why Valley’s next generation roots for Geelani”