Zubin Mehta, Zabarvan and the art of resistance

Zubin Mehta, Zabarvan and the art of resistance

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Zubin Mehta performing in Kashmir’s Shalimar garden is perceptibly freakish given the history of Kashmir, especially over the last couple of decades.  The venue of course is ideal for a grand orchestra what with the natural amphitheatric backdrop of the Zabarvan range.  What is not ideal though is another ominous layer to the backdrop – the merciless, unyielding militarization, apparently a necessary condition to ‘protect’ people from themselves and to maintain a fragile, unjust peace.  Given the grandness of the event, it is likely that during the performance as well and much before and after, as routine, ordinary people will be put under strict curfew.  A symphony of peace playing amidst such enforced silence would indeed be eerie and ironical.

Art and culture are never apolitical.  In an ostensibly political world, nothing is.  The only question to be asked is whose politics does a particular form of art or an event further and what possibilities it opens up for people.

Nonetheless, the domains of art and culture, unlike hardcore politics deployed predictably, are variegated, multilayered and open to the promise of nuanced engagement.  Apart from the deft political response to the event through the letter signed by Kashmiri intellectuals and human rights activists addressed to the German ambassador, and statements by a few leaders of various persuasions, the event being cultural, warrants a cultural response from the people of Kashmir as well as the solidarity of artists against occupations around the world.    We have already seen a few brilliant cartoons and caricatures satirizing the event.   It should not stop at that.

Mass carols (wanvun and roff) for Azadi on the streets of Kashmir, reverberating against Zabarvan Mountains alongside the symphony emanating from the imperial enclosure would be refreshingly sonorous.  This obviously may not be permitted on a grand scale, but then there is no harm in trying.  Smaller art events in various neighbourhoods using multiple popular mediums, including graffiti, music, poetry recitals and street art performances seem more practical.   It would embarrass the state to forbid such artistic outpouring, even while putting its weight behind a particular art event.

Simple resort to politics of boycott is in my opinion, too predictable and provides a handle to yet another set of banal voices within the system that set the politics of resistance against art, rendering a whole people as less than human and thus unworthy of freedom.

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  • Sanjeev

    I welcome the idea of organising streetside art events across J&K. Far better than bomb blasts, suicide attacks and stone-pelting. :)

    If this new mode of political activity becomes popular, it can even be ticketed. Pakistan will be happy to sponsor it and take a cut from the earnings! I guess that will be quite halaal.

    Well done. Let us see a new dawn of peace in J&K!

    • Jonah Ryder

      It was never yours it can truly never be yours. Yours is the futility ours is the struggle. Say what you will, we know what we are and who we are. We know damn well what you are.

      This is what the world needs to know. This is what you suppress. This is occupation. This is #OccupiedKashmir.

      Sanjeev this below paragraph is a thanks to you ol buddy for pointing out this slight. :)

      Thank you for pointing out that poignant independent research of, unbiased, & unfiltered quality is needed. Without holding affiliations to one side or another. This must first be done by the reader. Clearly Sanjeev & the kind are adherent to one side of the story. Therefore we cannot take their points into account. Which brings me to yours truly, yes I and others like me are on the contrary, but I am not telling you, the reader what to believe, simply to do your research. Never mind, the research the charlatans try to pass off as such. If the the reader is blessed with intellect & can deduce upon the answer with following logic, then truly victory will be for the good.

      Here are the common problems in arguments that occur or are caused. These are often used as tools and devices by certain un-named parties to coerce and deceive. Therefore it of utmost importance to be aware of the following Fallacies:

      Here are some examples of fallacies you may encounter when making an argument:
      Appeal to Ignorance – An appeal to ignorance occurs when one person uses another person’s lack of knowledge on a particular subject as evidence that their own argument is correct.
      For example: “You can’t prove that there aren’t Martians living in caves under the surface of Mars, so it is reasonable for me to believe there are.”
      Appeal to Authority – This type of fallacy is also referred to as Argumentum ad Verecundia (argument from modesty). In this case, rather than focusing on the merits of an argument, the arguer will try to attach their argument to a person of authority in an attempt to give credence to their argument.
      For example: “Well, Isaac Newton believed in Alchemy, do you think you know more than Isaac Newton?”
      Appeal to Popular Opinion – This type of appeal is when someone claims that an idea or belief is true simply because it is what most people believe.
      For example: “Lots of people bought this album, so it must be good.”
      Association Fallacy – Sometimes called “guilt by association,” this occurs when someone links a specific idea or practice with something or someone negative in order to infer guilt on another person.
      For example: “Hitler was a vegetarian, therefore, I don’t trust vegetarians.”
      Attacking the Person – Also known as Argumentum ad Hominem (argument against the man), this is quite a common occurrence in debates and refers to a person who substitutes a rebuttal with a personal insult.
      For example: “Don’t listen to Eddie’s arguments on education, he’s an idiot.”
      Begging the Question – This type of fallacy is when the conclusion of an argument is assumed in the phrasing of the question itself.
      For example: “If aliens didn’t steal my newspaper, who did?” (assume that the newspaper was actually stolen).
      Circular Argument – Also referred to as Circulus in Probando, this fallacy is when an argument takes its proof from a factor within the argument itself, rather than from an external one.
      For example: “I believe that Frosted Flakes are great because it says so on the Frosted Flakes packaging.”
      Correlation Implies Causation Fallacy – Otherwise known as Cum Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc, this is a fallacy in which the person making the argument connects two events which happen sequentially and assumes that one caused the other.
      For example: “I saw a magpie and ten minutes later, I crashed my car, therefore, magpies are bad luck.”
      False Dilemma/Dichotomy – Sometimes referred to as Bifurcation, this type of fallacy occurs when someone presents their argument in such a way that there are only two possible options.
      For example: “If you don’t vote for this candidate, you must be a Communist.”
      Non Sequitur – A fallacy wherein someone asserts a conclusion that does not follow from the propositions.
      For example: “All Dubliners are from Ireland. Ronan is not a Dubliner, therefore, he is not Irish.”

      Sanjeev..or whatever you have spawned into as profile names are not controlled on here. This is not directed at you but to those that read your comments.

      You need not reply, having said that you surely may. Be it denouncing these retorts as spam or any other jest you try. It will just get repeated over & over & over & over…catch my drift.. :)

      If you are a regular on this site. You know these people like Sanjeev (& the like) as a craven sods that perpetuates the propaganda and agenda of India.

      Their purpose is to coerce and deceive the outsider who doesn’t follow the Kashmir conflict with vigor.

      Thus far they have abused, fueled hatful attacks both virtually and on ground.

      Please take their responses with a grain of salt & ask yourself why the voice of the Kashmir walla is repeatedly attacked by these hate mongers.

      I ask the reader to also consider the beauty of Kashmirwalla to allow them their voice as erroneous it may be. Regardless take this as your warning & please do your research on the Occupied region of Kashmir before coming to any conclusions.

      The voice of the voiceless must carry on, wether being attacked by the likes of mentioned or gaged by agencies on the ground.

      Truth must prevail, no matter how often and powerful the spin masters try to sabotage our attempts to putting it forth.

      Best Regards,

      A Humble supporter of the Kashmiri Cause.

      P.S

      Thanks for helping us spread the word with every comment you post, this gets posted.

      #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir

      • Sanjeev

        Copy-pasted comment. No reply is required to be given.

        • Jonah Ryder

          Sanjeeev is a Liar, deceiver, & a Charlatan. Confront him with anything he will label your argument as a ‘jihadi’ etc etc.. Him & the like are only in here for to spread malcontent. They are the sort that after the army kills bystanders, terms it ‘alleged killing’ while on the same hand when a few ‘mighty’ gun trotting jawans are killed you hear from them “jawans were butchered” another ploy of the hegemonic beast. He is nothing but a tool.

          what scholarly work has he done, all he does is denounce scholars and those that speak out against the brutality caused by the Indian seniks (soldiers).

          • Sanjeev

            The above comment has been copy-pasted in a number of places on this blog. It containes nothing other than personal attacks and irrelevant, unsubstantiated allegations.

          • Jonah Ryder

            well look,

            This is not copy pasted.

            Yet It will continue to be a warning towards the coercion with which your posts are done.

            You response the same way no matter what, its pathetic really.

            ‘jihadi’ this jihadi that..you are creating bogeymen as we speak..

            You label & rant yet adding nothing positive, you call this observations ‘attacks’.

            How do you explain staged encounters on the press? This seem to be a hot topic at present.

            Mass Graves. Fake encounters. Gagging of local Kashmiri Media. Total cut off of press at times. Total prison of the civilian population. An occupier justifies this in the name of security, you back that occupier time & again. What more do you expect from those that support the liberation from atrocities perpetuated by the hegemonic forces of India?

            Like I said, & will continue to say:

            It was never yours it can truly never be yours. Yours is the futility ours is the struggle. Say what you will, we know what we are and WHOM we are. We know quite well, what you are.

            This is when the witnesses need to grow strong. This is what you suppress. This is occupation.

            This IS #OccupiedKashmir

          • Sanjeev

            @ Jonah Ryder,

            I gave my opinion on the “story” contained in the above post. I hope you read it again and direct your arguments at it.

            Of course, the option of once again copy-pasting your older, unrelated comments is always there. :)

          • Jonah Ryder

            Sanjeev. What is this ol man. U make asinine comments, then in defense do some mocking on other people?

            U pussyfoot around the core issue. Which is what my responses are regarding.

            Ending the occupation of Kashmir! Nothing else is paramount.

          • Sanjeev

            @ Jonah Ryder,

            Your vocabulary of disparaging adjectives is impressively big. But I am afraid it will be of little use if you seriously want to engage in a discussion with those holding a contrary view.

            Trust me I am not easily offended. You may open the dictionary again to find some stronger words to describe me. :)

            The option of copy-pasting your older comments again and again, of course, always exists. :)

            Jai Hind. Jai Jammu-Kashmir.

          • Jonah Ryder

            what part of the above mentioned is copy pasted?

            But dont answer that question…just as you haven’t answered the core questions of this occupation of Kashmir.

            Keep on dancing around & smiling..we know what to expect from a charlatan like you.

            By the way sanjeev…One uses a Thesauras not a Dictionary to expand upon their previously suited vocabulary. You may want to use it now & then :)

            Since you have kindly given me my right to copy & paste (as if it was needed)

            I will do so…below

            Sanjeev..or whatever you have spawned into as profile names are not controlled on here. This is not directed at you but to those that read your comments.

            You need not reply, having said that you surely may. Be it denouncing these retorts as spam or any other jest you try. It will just get repeated over & over & over & over…catch my drift.. :)

            If you are a regular on this site. You know these people like Sanjeev (& the like) as a craven sods that perpetuates the propaganda and agenda of India.

            Their purpose is to coerce and deceive the outsider who doesn’t follow the Kashmir conflict with vigor.

            Thus far they have abused, fueled hatful attacks both virtually and on ground.

            Please take their responses with a grain of salt & ask yourself why the voice of the Kashmir walla is repeatedly attacked by these hate mongers.

            I ask the reader to also consider the beauty of Kashmirwalla to allow them their voice as erroneous it may be. Regardless take this as your warning & please do your research on the Occupied region of Kashmir before coming to any conclusions.

            The voice of the voiceless must carry on, wether being attacked by the likes of mentioned or gaged by agencies on the ground.

            Truth must prevail, no matter how often and powerful the spin masters try to sabotage our attempts to putting it forth.

            Best Regards,

            A Humble supporter of the Kashmiri Cause.

            P.S

            Thanks for helping us spread the word with every comment you post, this gets posted.

            #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir #occupiedKashmir

            THIS MESSAGE IS PASTED BELOW AS A RETORT & ATTACK AGAINST ME
            BY DENOUNCING THIS AS SPAM, THE SANJEEVS & THEIR KIND ONLY PROVE THE POINTS MADE IN THIS MESSAGE. LABELING & DENOUNCING. HYPOCRISY & GAGGING. END THE #OCCUPATION

  • Upal Deb

    Uncertainty about the much-touted Zubin Mehta concert means the world is shrinking for the Kashmiris. There must be many in Kashmir who want to inhale sublime cultural air away from the wonted regime of blood, thunder and fear. Where’s the voice of the civil society there? A land of poetry and music cannot afford to allow either the state repression for long or the ones choosing to continually ghettoize the Kashmiri genius. The notion that culture cannot be shared or enjoyed in the time of unease is both sophistical and self-defeating. If those shouting against the concert outnumber those who’re waiting for it, it’s unfortunate. We want a Kashmir which resiliently stands against regressive and oppressive forces. This is a test the state must stand. The uncertainty poses a real challenge to all those who want Kashmir to be strongly alive in midst of gloom and fear.

    • Jonah Ryder

      The populous majority in kashmir want basic amenities not luxury in the form of music they have no connection with. Reject us our right of freedom but fill our heads with empty forms of expression?

      What about expressing our views in the form of graffiti GO INDIA GO BACK… yes for this a person is detained..yet its a form of art…

      Your statement above is riddled with hypocrisy and thus clearly shows that you are a supporter of the occupiers not in solidarity with the resistance..Spare us your empty curt

      • Sanjeev

        @ Jonah Ryder

        Since you have posted a coherent reply, I am happy to reciprocate with one of mine.

        1. J&K is just another state of India like many others. The only contentious issue is the part illegally occupied by Pakistan.

        2. You are welcome to live your pipe dream of J&K being an independent country. At some point in history, every state, nay district of India was no less than an independent country. The clock cannot and should not be turned back.

        3. The only diference in J&K and the rest of India is the dominant religion (Show me another point of difference if you know). This is the sole ground for the violent seperatism in the state. The Jihadi ideology seeks to dovetail the Islamic terror movement in J&K with the global Jihad against the infidel. Thus, India is left with no option but to fight this evil menace.

        4. There is no reason for suppression of any non-violent political activity that seeks to express itself peacefully. I think graffiti (not inciteful one), artful expression of dissent, hunger strikes etc are legitimate peaceful means of protest and must be encouraged. But stone-pelting mobs made up of masked youth who chant slogans inciting violence cannot be termed peaceful by any definition. When mobs attack and injure cops, firm action against them is fully justified. Take it or leave it.

        The matters turn worse when the same political position is espoused by Jihadi gangs, ever ready to kill and maim people in the name of God and using the cover of protesting mobs. AFSPA then gets a foolproof justification.

        I hope I was civil and logical in my argument.

        Comments welcome.

        5. The “occupation” argument can continue till cows (pigs?) come home. Or till article 370 is scrapped for good. Whichever is earlier. :)

        6. I have expalined numerous times in my comment how the so-called Jihad in J&K is a hoax played on Muslims and is blasphemy in reality. Do you want me to repeat it? It will necessitate some copy-pasting! Not without your permission, of course. :)

        Comments on this welcome as well.

        Thanks.

        Jai Hind. Jai Jammu-Kashmir.

        • Jonah Ryder

          Underneath all the mockery you continue to evade all the ground happenings and everything i have said, End the occupation stop the Brutality. I’m quite happy?.. I was able to refer you to a thesauras btw..In it, look up malign while you are at it..as in growth..EVIL and so on..As in, the occupation of Kashmir by the Hegemonic Forces of India is Malignant. You are welcome.

          You ol fart :) You never never learn..

          Coercion, derision, deial, hypocrisy Such is the way of posting by Sanjeev Time & Time again..

          Tsk tsk tsk… Get a grip ol man ..

          Jai Kashmir!

          Go INDIA GO BACK.

          BTW I will not stop commenting due to the the very fact that your coercion based attempts at feeble propaganda on the bottom of articles written by Kashmir Supports is Malignant. I am but a humble supporter of the Kashmiri cause & a warning to those that read your posts. (very little take heed btw)

          • Sanjeev

            The above comment has been copy-pasted verbatim under a number of posts on this blog.

          • Jonah Ryder

            Yes the above is copy pasted, but I have mentioned that it would be copy pasted to warn against all u perpetuate Sanjeev. Go India go back!!

            Jai Kashmir !

            End the occupation

          • Sanjeev

            @ Jonah Ryder,

            I am moved by your naivete. If copy-pasting the comments a hundred times over could solve problems of Muslims, early Islamic scholars would have added that to the Hadiths about definition of Jihad. :)

            I suggest that you participate in the discussion in a positive frame of mind. Because you seem to make up in commitment what you evidently lack in perspective and emotional balance! :)

            Hope you appreciated the wit!

            Jai Hind. Jai Jammu-Kashmir.

          • Jonah Ryder

            You type a lot of idiotic comments all I hear is blah blah blah…jihad jihad..blah blah article 370 ..blah blah ..India ..blah blah.

            Try seeing it from another perspective before labeling with tout shticks each n every time!

            Blah blah blah..

            Emotional imbalance lol.. :)

            Ur loosing it ..senility..it’s creeping up on u ol fart!

            Steer cleer from Sanjeev the hypocrist & Deniar. Supporter of occupation

            Go India go back!!

            Jai Kashmir

          • Sanjeev

            @ Jonah Ryder,

            Thanks for taking time out to reply. However, I am unable to understand why you even need to, since my comments, in your view, are best summerized as blah blah blah.

            My dear friend, one has to accept the existence of opposite viewpoint if one wishes to counter it. Otherwise, it is logically impossible to do it. Without sounding like the court jester, that is. :)

            I would also bring to your kind attention that use of tempered language is not only essential for a healthy debate but is also a Quranic obligation. Not that your contortions are not amusing. They are. Infinitely so. :)

            Praise be to Allah and to His favourite nation India!

            Jai Hind. Jai Jammu-Kashmir.

  • Gulzar Khan

    another word that kashmiri will have to remember Zubin Maheta Some
    would say Zaban bz on that day there will be Hartal, Or Curfew >>>>>>>>>>>>> this envent can be a tool for SOME but it is mess for kashmiri

  • Ajaz

    Gowhar,

    The idea that you have praposed is good. Seemingly it is immune to the endengered life of a Kashmiri protestant. But then, we must not forget that people in this part of world are killled even while protesting against the murder of 22 school going kids which a Jawan perpetrated out of his (genetic for being an Indian)lust for the teacher who was with them in Burning Candle School of Baramullah. The next day two more boys were killed while protesting the killings. No protest of any kind guaranties tolerance and acceptance in Kashmir by occupants be it the state or gun wielding Jawans.