Converting the whole city into an Army garrison, curbing and curtailing the movement of common people, suffocating the whole nation and then sarcastically labelling the state of Jammu and Kashmir as the “Crown”, is nothing but to befool the people.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said that Kashmir problem is not an issue of economic deprivation and perks and packages are not a solution to it. “It is an issue concerning the basic and fundamental rights of more than 14 million humans- but beating the drum of ‘Development’ as the only remedy for all the issues—looks not only unrealistic but insane as well,” he said.
“No nation has been enslaved through economic privileges and developmental lollypops. One who thinks so is either unaware of the history or lives in a fool’s paradise. If India garnishes our roads with gold and builds castles of Diamonds and Gems, People of Jammu and Kashmir will never accept and legitimize the forced Indian occupation,” Geelani said.
He said that Indian premier has deliberately stayed away from the historical facts, he has not bothered to go through India’s own freedom movement. “Otherwise he would have come across, the fact that development, like roads and building, markets and mansions, came up only under the Mughal and British rule and even today’s India is recognized and known for the remnant of that era. Had the economic reforms and development been able to lure the aspirants of freedom—India would have been contented with that glorious slavery,” he said.
He further said that announcing these mega projects, “more loyal than the king”, overjoyed class of local henchmen – should bear in mind once for all that India with your shameful support has been perpetrating these political dramas for the last 7 decades, but has miserably failed to win the hearts of Kashmiris.
He further said that “when our life and livelihood are not safeguarded, when our basic rights are drained, when more than 10 Lakh armed forces are threatening us, economic empowerment and Mega projects lose the worth. When our life and honour is at stake, good living has no value.”
Geelani said that “our youth, in particular, don’t strive for the begging bowls of economic packages but they struggle to get rid of this enforced slavery.”
Referring to call to youth to join mainstream, Geelani said that “it is the arrogance, military might and barbaric attitude of the oppressor which has forced our nation to the unending bloodbath and economic destabilization, otherwise our people are peace-loving and fertile brainy, once we get rid of military occupation, we can flourish both politically as well as economically and will not only be self-sufficient, but can extend a helping hand to the needy people of our neighbours including India.”
“Highly qualified and well placed professionals are up in arms against the occupation as their long and bitter experience of subjugation is enough to make them understand that their life, livelihood, honour, culture, faith and dignity — nothing is safe under the Indian occupation and we are left with no option then to strive and struggle to fight for our existence,” Geelani said, adding that even India has realized that despite economic perks and unparalleled force, they have not been able to win the hearts of Kashmiris, except a few “belly slave” class of the collaborators.
Geelani further said that sooner the egoistic mindset of Indian rulers and their local faces acknowledge and address these realistic facts, better it is for the sub-continent in particular and humanity in general.