It’s been since 2008 when I had just passed Class 12 that these questions struck me in my Heart, Mind and Soul, but I couldn’t ask you. I was a kid and thought whatever you leaders will decide is better for us.
Before people start judging me I’m born and bought up in Downtown Srinagar, and I stand by the Idea of an Independent Kashmir, I have, like everybody else lost my loved ones (not one but two), to state violence.
Kashmir was an Independent Kingdom, before Pakistan overtook and Kashmir had to ask for help to India and then this good neighbor turned bad and occupied our place. This is the bitter reality each of us knows.
History is witness, a freedom struggle is successful only if it is neutral, only if the true essence of the Struggle is Freedom. Freedom for us means Independence from India AND Pakistan, not from India alone.
With due respect, I try to remind you time and again in this open letter that Pakistan is as much responsible for our situation as India, why are you giving so much importance to them, they don’t deserve it.
It is time to leave the personal benefits that we get from being a part of India and Pakistan and work on the freedom struggle of Kashmir, and that is what Kashmiris are doing. I hope, you being the leaders will understand your responsibility in controlling and containing the role of communal forces in this struggle, I hope you have understood the thought that strikes this common girl’s mind.