My write-up is actually an open letter. An open letter to a person who has robbed the people of a beautiful state located in the lap of the majestic Himalayas of their basic right to live. The letter is to the Chief Minister of the Indian-administered Kashmir .
You Ms CM, were all happy and overjoyed when you took over the Chief Minister’s office on 4th of April, 2016 and the whole valley was abuzz- not of excitement but because it was first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that a woman was sworn in as the CM. There were some hopes, not huge but very little because the people in the valley over the 70 years of conflict have seen nothing but only disappointment and a travesty of justice and have been back-stabbed every time. Your daughter had said the next day and I clearly remember that statement, "My mother is very emancipated. She has always given us a lot of freedom. And she will give freedom to people. My mom is not the sort of person who is planning to tie people down in any way''. She also added that, "She is going to be role model especially in J&K. My mom has always been a grass root politician and has built the party. She is a people's person,". If I take a look back at this statement of her daughter today, I can do nothing but laugh, laugh and laugh. Her daughter said that my mother will give people the freedom they want, I do not know what kind of freedom is she talking about because her mother, you Ms CM have curbed every possible way a person can express himself, every possible way a person can communicate and every possible way a person can call himself free. Your daughter thinks of you as a person who can never tie down people? Then what on Earth forced you to put a population of millions under curfew for 50 consecutive days? What pushed your emancipation to such a low level that under your rule, more than 70 people have been killed, 8000 have been injured and the most drastic of all this- 500 people have lost their vision. Ms CM, if your were ever so vigorous and a role model like figure- why did you not give the same opportunity that you provided your daughters with, to talk all so good of you, your virtues, your qualities to the youth of Kashmir whom you repeatedly call your prized assets. Why did you not give the same level of freedom, you provided your daughters with, to the people of Kashmir. Ms CM, you have had the outrageous courtesy to defend your forces who have ran a massacre of kinds- you have had the outrageous courtesy to demean the legitimate struggle of people by terming it a struggle of just 5% people. Ms CM, your daughters can speak such good words for you because to my imagination, they might never in their life have struggled to get a packet of milk for themselves when they were hungry- they would never in their life have struggled to meet their friends who are lying half-dead in their hospital beds- and of course, they would never have had the greatest of the opportunities to live their whole life in the shadow of the gun. You Ms CM have had a huge change in your opinion and have forgot the cause you were championing 6 years ago-the cause of Kashmiris or was all this just because you wanted to trample down the government of the then Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.Ms CM, hypocrisy has a line and that line is crossed when some people suddenly rebuke and deny what they have been preaching throughout their career. Ms CM, the youth you once claimed to love are today lying in hospital beds in numbers exceeding thousands. Maam, you recently had a visit to the face of the pellet gun victims, Insha and suddenly had a conscience of sorts arisen and offered your own eye to her. Your false show of love and bonhomie has no takers because the same Kashmiris whom you have demonized on national fora are no more interested in your sweet talk and are well apprehended of your intentions behind it. You stuck to the chair when body bags were being sent back home. You bewitched our legitimate demands by terming us as violence lovers. What more do you want me to say? Ms CM, I have fell short of words but I can be straight to the point and bluntly say that you have let down your own people, you have let down the whole valley. You have stifled - what is offered to people even by dictators- the right to live peacefully.