Israel sponsored ‘Music’ can never suppress the calls for Azaadi in Kashmir!

Posted by चन्द्रिका on 9/09/2013 11:53:00 PM

बस्तियां जलती रही
दुकाने लुटती रही

लोग मरते रहे
वो हसते रहे
और जाम छलकता रहा
क्या हुआ अगर जो तुम रोते रहे
मै रोता रहा? 
तमाशा तो होना था
सो होता रहा....

Last night some 1,500 affluent, influential, most sought-after business tycoons, actors, beaureaucrats, politicians were specially-invited to the beautiful royal Mughal building of  Shalimar Bagh in order to know how does it feel to be a Kashmiri.Interestingly, they did that by sitting in the heavily guarded Diwan-e-Khas,with the Dal lake flowing serenely by their side and enjoying Beethoven's music under the moon-light. It was pristine, it was heaven, it was Kashmir, afterall! They enjoyed it; they enjoyed being that Kashmiri,they enjoyed feeling that  Ehsaas-e-Kashmir.Unfortunately for them, the weekend-party is now over with that concert and all that remains is its sweet-memories which they will cherish for the rest of their lives...

Now let us see what goes beyond that beautiful feeling of being in that heaven called Kashmir. 44% of Kashmir is under the occupation of the Republic of India.The CRPF has been deputed there for the last 15 years or so.Every  year hundreds of young Kashmiris go "missing".Till now there has been more than thousand cases of  reported sexual violence and rape against the fairer sex.In the last decade, the region has faced communal violence more than ten times. Tortures done on innocent people just on the basis of suspision is no longer rare.Curfews have become the order of the day and just today itself, the Indian paramilitary forces killed four innocent youth here in Shopain, claiming that they were  armed militants... WELCOME TO KASHMIR.

The decision to organize a  musical concert  with  Maestro Zubin Mehta,who also conducts Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,touted as "Israel's foremost cultural asset...", is a move taken by German Ambassodar Michael Steiner as a "cultural tribute to Kashmir and its warm-hearted and hospitable people." Well..,Mr. Ambassodar that doesn't go down well when your own organizers make sure that the same " warm-hearted and hospitable people" do not even stray around the 9 km area of its of venue.Must say, that's a good way to treat your guests! Thats how you make a parody of a satire.

According to Mr. Steiner, the event is completely apolitical and in no way is it going to dilute Germany or the E.U.'s position on the illegal occupation of Kashmir by India.To this, journalist Majid Maqbool in Indian news magazine Hardnews,writes "Nothing is apolitical in Kashmir until the military occupation of over 700,000 troops, who are always breathing down our necks, ends for good" . A state curfew was imposed by independence leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Kashmir while a parallel concert called "Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir"  was organized by  civil society and rights groups to emphasize the fact that a mere Bavarian orchestra is not enough to heal  the several wounds  on innocent Kashmiris, inflicted by the State.

It is downright absurd and insulting to spend that ridiculous  amount of money in the name of promoting mutual harmony when you very well  know that it has nothing to do with peace or love or justice or any of those fancy words.It is just meant to ridicule the plight of every single Kashmiri who finds it hard to study, to work, to play, to sleep,and to breathe.This concert can be touted as the best propaganda in the last decade to give out the message "ALL IS WELL" to the world concerned about the illegal occupation and militarisation in Kashmir.Lets get it straight. NOTHING is well in Kashmir and NO band-baaja-baraat is capable to silent the shrilling cries of mothers who have lost their sons,the curses mouthed by women who have been raped, the despair of old people whose lands have been taken away,the fire of rebellion nursed in the hearts of young men who have been deprived of their rights.Bring your Zubin or your Beethoven himself, nothing can compensate the injustice meted out to these people.

The participation of a huge number of people in the counter-concert, "HAQEEQAT-E-KASHMIR", gives a clear indication to the State regarding what really the people of Kashmir want.You can never hide knives in soft cushions, Mr. Chief Minister.No matter how much the government tries to hush-hush the angst of the people, the voice can be heard by all and sundry..,the voice that shouts – AZAADI.


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