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Ramadan brings good news in the valley

It is said that “If wishes were horses even beggars would ride”.

One wish that every Kashmiri has (and being one I can vouch for) is – that peace is restored in our paradise the Kashmir valley. What if all year long there were no operations, no shutdowns, no bloodshed? Sounds like a far-fetched dream, right? However, this one-month respite – “No military operations” during Ramzan would be a treasure in such trying times. Let’s hope that in letter and spirit this ceasefire is maintained during this pious month of Ramadan.

Although I am elated knowing this good news but reading so much in print that it’s a drama, an eyewash etc. fills my heart with anxiety. I have my fingers crossed and do you want to know why? Because we Kashmiris have long forgotten to appreciate the good. Amidst so much chaos lingering for decades, we have probably forgotten to see the good in anything around us. We tend to speculate, get swayed by red-herring, get demoralised so fast that we have almost forgotten that there is good around us too.

The blessing that is Kashmir

We are most fortunate to be born in such a picturesque landscape, enjoy the good weather, blessed with such fine art and craft and such beautiful surroundings. Let’s soak our memories in a warm cup of Kahwah, indulge in the crisp misty air and watch the sun-kissed, snow-capped mountains. Feel our heart synchronise with the gushing waters that travel from the glaciers above and cherish the simplicity and pristine natural beauty of our dear motherland. For once we need to un-clutter our minds from the dynamics that have engulfed our state and breathe the fresh air of positivity  Let us welcome this decision with a light heart, kill the anxiety within us and live every moment the way we always dream of.

Where has the Insaniyat from Kashmiriyat gone?

Lest we forget Insaniyat used to be a corollary to Kashmiriyat. But unfortunately for long, our youth has been subverted by sponsored terrorism. Therefore the elderly need to use this pious month of Ramadan to inculcate Kashmiriyat in our children. The children too should learn to fulfil their duties as mentioned in the Quran. We shall together pray for the safety of our girls and women. Pray for the safety of Indian brothers and sisters visiting as tourists to Kashmir against the immature and regrettable actions of selfish separatist- sponsored sangbaa which will bring prosperity to Kashmir.

Spread some love in the valley during Ramadan

It is too early to predict how the month of Ramadan goes by. Whether we sincerely have a peaceful time or we juggle our web of uncertainty and continue mourning the loss of our loved ones and pity ourselves; time will only tell.

However, let us Kashmiris at least make an endeavour to not let negativity surround us in this sacred month of Ramadan. Let us be unfazed by what the politicians, the media, the security officials and militants rant. I am pretty sure there will be people amongst us and from across the border who will not want us to enjoy this normalcy that is promised. But let us give a fair chance to ourselves and believe that ‘Allah’ has chosen us and we must pay our gratitude to Him with love and peace around us.

17 May 2018/Thursday                                                                             

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