Women On Resolution, Government and Future

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Kashmiri Women offering prayers.

Kashmiri woman has long been portrayed as a mute spectator of all that has happened and is happening. Considered to be bystanders in the politics of Kashmir, these women have hardly been heard. Their views and choices have long been neglected by those who claim to cover Kashmir. The only time Kashmiri woman get chance to speak is when her family is a victim of some tragedy. Victims of a long conflict, this is how most of the media outlets depict Kashmiri woman. The politics and visions of a Kashmiri woman hardly get space. But Kashmir, where woman like Habba Kahtoon and Lal Ded lived, the fairer sex cannot be made onlooker for long. Women are speaking about their choices and how they see the future of Kashmir. Their views and visions may differ from each other at many points but all of them dream of a peaceful Kashmir where happiness prevails.

Monisa Qadri

Monisa is an Assistant Professor and in-charge of the Department of Journalism at Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir.

What is the solution to Kashmir issue according to you?

There is no ready referral to be presented as a solution to the K-Issue, as of now because mere mention of it has not yielded enough till date. What needs to be contemplated is that working groups, interlocutions, core groups, delegations, bus rides have done their bit, in case they had to. Now, it is the right time that this issue be resolved once and for all and not made hostage to issues between the other two parties – India and Pakistan as Kashmir is independent of anything else. It has its own salience and its constituents too have their identity and right to be seen as they are- part of the global order. All that has to be done shall have to be acceptable to the most important parties to this conflict- the people of the whole of J&K, who cannot but participate. Now, if the non-availability of options is a deterrent for GOI, it can go back to the basic UN Resolutions, which Joseph Korbel, Czechoslovakian diplomat and member of UNCIP called as the reference point to solve Kashmir issue in future.

Nevertheless, the options are in there, we have to open the lid.

Do you think government is doing anything in developmental and other issues?

Governments come and go and as far as the word ‘development’ goes, it is highly subjective. I see a lot of roads and lanes have been constructed but we get stuck in jams for hours, people are getting employments but the number of unemployed who protest is still the same, police is building connection with the people, but all is not hunky-dory and as I said it’s all subjective so may be Kennedy’s expression might give us a direction – “My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on.”

What do you expect from future?

I’m really hopeful about future, for everything about us is not under our control and there is a greater power high above. Had it been otherwise, we would have even made it difficult for all of us to breathe.

On a serious note, it’s all in our own hands, we will have to stop looking at others for everything and so whatever we do is going to decide how we are going to be in future. Students, business-class, employees, officials, veterans and others have to own Kashmir now.

 

Rifat Ara

Rifat works as a bank executive in Kashmir.

What is the solution to Kashmir issue according to you?

I believe that the solution to Kashmir problem can come from its own people only, by holding plebiscite, let the people alone decide what they want.

Do you think government is doing anything in developmental and other issues?

There are n-number of schemes of government for developmental issues such as Rajiv Gandhi Yogna, Indra Gandhi Yojna and other centrally and state sponsored schemes but only a few of them are implemented on ground. The total effect is zero. One of the biggest problems that our society today faces is that of unemployment, although government has declared many important schemes but none of them is actually benefitting the frustrated, unemployed youth.

What do you expect from future?

I expect a corruption free government that stands up to the expectations of common people like us… where the people are not denied their rights, where people have the freedom to express their ideas, and where people have democracy and government understands the value of life.

 

Sabreen Kanth

Sabreen studies Business Administration from University of Kashmir.

What is the solution to Kashmir issue according to you?

Kashmir should be free from any type of oppression (both India and Pakistan) and should be recognized as a free state with Shariah as law to retrieve “peace and harmony”, the term which Kashmiri natives have only been dreaming about for past so many years.

Do you think government is doing anything in developmental and other issues?

Regarding development of state, government can’t even complete a flyover project of Hyderpora area, which is the face of our city as our visitors come through this area so what development, can be expected from them? Moreover, when Kashmir government was regarded as second most corrupt government in India, they didn’t bother to react on it as they are too busy trying to reach the top positions.

What do you expect from future?

In the future I expect Kashmir unanimously standing for Shairah law governed state so as to reach at a stable position where we can promote constructive minds in our youth.

 

Asma Riyaz

Asma works as Junior Engineer with the government. She did her Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar.

What is the solution to Kashmir issue according to you?

Education is the only solution. Unless we get at par with India, we cannot fight them. We can’t ignore the fact that they are 100 times stronger than us, we have to be better than them to defeat them. This can only be achieved with getting educated. By educated, I do not mean literate. By educated I mean taking one’s own decision which will be fruitful in future rather than be puppet of some ignorant ‘elites’ who by chance have been in the power. After getting educated we will know difference between right and wrong.

Do you think government is doing anything in developmental and other issues?

Yes! Development is happening, in a way. Billions of rupees is dumped in offices, hundreds of schemes are introduced from time to time. Schools and hospital are built. Precisely, development is happening on apolitical side, which they presume will overtake the strong political sentiment of Kashmiris.

What do you expect from future?

Kashmir being a Muslim majority should be an Islamic state. Islamic law should be applied and Islam should take a lead so that our society will be morally, educationally and politically uplifted.

 

Shaheena

Shaheena (name changed) is a half widow; her husband is missing for last nine years. Her husband Nazir Ahmad Ellahi was a bus driver and one day in 2002 he went out and since then he is missing. Shaheena has two daughters; older one is in class 4 and younger in class 1.

What is the solution to Kashmir issue according to you?

Best solution as per me – a big earthquake or any atomic bomb thrown on whole of Kashmir. I don’t want to live in this inhumane place where our own people are not bothered about their blood relations. For me Kashmir is burning and now solution can only be it gets reduced to ashes.

Do you think government is doing anything in developmental and other issues?

If there would had been any development then I would not have been starving in this extreme poverty, where I’m not sure what I will have for lunch and if  I would give anything to my children for  supper.  I have heard of people talking of various schemes but I have never got any benefit so I feel there must not be any such schemes really existing in Kashmir.

What do you expect from future?

What future are you talking about, I am in a stage where I am not sure about my tomorrow and you are asking me of future? No doubt if my husband would have been there then I would have had plans but for now I only wish a secure future for my two daughters who are my only reason to live.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Education is pivotal to this issue but what education are we talking about? Most of the youth particularly in downtown know as much about history as Mufti Syed knows about rocket science. They do not know why they are pelting stones. They have a herd mentality. To quote my friend, someone sets the scene and others then make sure that it goes on for a long time.

    We must set up charities and organizations to help women like Shaheena. We have a responsibility towards them and others. Additionally, it is essential that we have a strong law enforcement system.

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