Dear all

I am a Kashmiri student of psychology. While studying the topic of resistance to persuasion, I came across this: “Few of us like orders or being told what to do. We all have probably experienced advertisers, politicians or individuals pressurising us to change our attitude about some issue.  In all such cases if we feel like our personal freedom to decide for ourselves is threatened, we may experience growing level of annoyance and resentment.  The final outcome: Not only do we resist their pressures of persuasion but we may actually take a view opposite to that of what was intended. Such behaviour is an example of what social psychologists call reactance” (Social Psychology 13th Ed., Baron and Branscombe). That is exactly what is happening in Kashmir. Imposing nationalism, patriotism and what I may call Indianism (in a way threatening our personal freedom) only leads to reactance from us. The more you pressurise, the stronger reactance. Many of you may be uncomfortable with such an explanation. But then in order to have an understanding of the situation here you may have to swallow some bitter truth down your throat.

Whatever is the truth, it needs to be faced. In the age of information technology and social networking, deceit and lies will no longer help you cajole the people. And the truth is that Kashmir is a dispute, which needs to be resolved according to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir. You must accept the fact that Kashmir belongs to none but Kashmiries. You can no longer call it as your integral part and your neighbouring country as their jugular vein. The fact is that we are tired and angry of the way you have caged us, and now no military might, political gymnasium or media campaign can hold it for you anymore. Those among you theorising about Pakistan’s involvement or so called ‘Wahabi Islam’ can remain in those delusions as long as they desire. Don’t be shocked by what is happening these days in Kashmir. You should have seen it coming since the day your government started curbing our freedom.

The way force is being used against our students reflects either your feeble mindedness or your fascist face, masked by the lie of so called democracy. One does not even treat animals the way you treat protesters here. Have you forgotten the ideals of democracy? Why don’t you understand that we have a right to protest? When you choke all the political space and crush dissent, how can you expect no reactance from common people? And most importantly how can you expect peace to prevail here?

Those mourning on less poll percentage, student activism and unarmed uprising should instead mourn on the murder of democracy at their own hands. You looted the belief of people in democracy here a long time ago and now you expect people to have faith in it again. Till now instead of addressing the core issue, you have only done everything in your capacity to manage people. Be it by brute force or by political deceit, you have only tried to manage the conflict and not resolve it.

We have a message for your soldiers also. Though they have agonised us limitlessly, but we want to relieve them too of their agony. After all they too have families and they are here only for the sake of livelihood. However they need to know that it is soldiers who are made to fight. Soldiers die in the battle and not the kings (politicians these days). It is they who are made to face all the agony and not those anchors sitting in cosy air conditioned news room, provoking common people and you all. You may unleash your machoism here, but then one day you may have to retire and die with all the emptiness. The memories of brutality and the cries of innocents of Kashmir may never allow you to live in peace. If we are struggling for the resolution of Kashmir, it is for your salvation too.

Now let me ask your nationalist news anchors that if they may be us, what will they do? How can we love a state (Particularly it’s security establishment) that is up against it’s own people? Before discussing Kashmir why don’t you come and live here for few years? Then maybe you may need no explanation of the situation here. I do accept that sometimes people hold violent demonstrations against Indian rule, but that is not in the spirit of recklessness or because we here have any love for violence. But because you have made us feel suffocated and frustrated. We are tired of your false promises and now we don’t believe you. Why don’t you ask your politicians and Army an important question and that is: What India is getting by keeping the Kashmir dispute unresolved? What India is getting by holding the land only and not winning the people?

Now to blame you for all of our problems may also be too harsh. We know that our own people misrepresent us on media and in different forums. Our own politicians (Particularly mainstream politicians) sell us like cakes. We are aware of that. We also know that they are the best of the chameleons. They show one colour before elections and other after elections. They speak one language in Kashmir and other in Delhi.  However it is you who have nourished them and promoted them, without any concern for us, only to be used for your own advantage.

Now you may point fingers at Hurriyat leaders. We want you to know that we are familiar with them too. We know that they have limited their leadership to occasional speeches in some gatherings and press statements, and lack a well designed and well thought plan regarding their struggle. You must know however that today the situation has reached to a point where people don’t follow them; instead they are being forced to follow. However if you allow them a significant political space, I am sure they too can contribute towards peace and ultimately solution of Kashmir.

Lastly let me conclude with these words that we gave you all a chance since time immemorial. But all of you have failed us and now you see a spontaneous reaction from common masses. Do you remember nothing out of the world revolution? It is the people who hold the real power. We too can bring revolutions and leave you shattered. We have a clear and loud message for you all. Our voice needs no reinterpretation. Your only favour to us can be a humane listening and empathy.  Like all the people of the world we too want to live in peace, with dignity and freedom in our own land. For God sake leave us alone.

Thanks and Regards

Imran Khan

A Kashmiri,  

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  1. Hi Imran,

    I have no justification or explanation to offer for the conduct of the Indian state. All points you make in that regard are valid, and any people treated in that matter will react that way Kashmiris are now.

    I only have one question- among Kashmiris, has there ever been a discussion on welcoming back all the Kashmiri pandits? Has it been brought up how intense a gesture of reconciliation that would be? If yes, how do Kashmiris feel about it? If no, how do you think you can speak on behalf of all Kashmiris when half your brethren from the other religion live as diaspora outside their home state?

    Please do not take this as a case of whataboutism. I once again concede all points you raise against the Indian state and I make no defence of it. I am only curious on the question I raise.

    • Kashmir without Kashmiri Pandits is incomplete. We are more than willing to welcome them in thier homeland. But please tell me how separate colonies help them integrate back into Kashmiri society? Sikhs Christians ect never left the valley and live here peacefully and in harmony. Also i m not speaking on thier behalf and that is why i have said that Kashmir needs to be solved as per the aspiration of people of Kashmir. By people of Kashmir I mean all.

      • Abdul kanjwal says:

        Emmi geographical bonding is stronger than religious.Pandits are welcome.The politicians do not want it to happen.

    • Why only Kashmiri Pandora ? What about the Kashmiris and their families who were forced out the valley in 1947??

    • #Mr. Armit.
      As for as Kashmiri pandits are concerned.
      You know many thousands of pandits are still in valley.
      In fact 70000 Sikh community people are living there in valley not in cluster rather in colonies with hormony.
      You should aware that we not only lost Kashmiri pandits but also great intellect among them.
      We always welcome their rehabilitation but what is the resistance occuring there to happen this.
      The irony is that ,it is union government of so called secular India who claims for separate colonies for padith.
      Still property and land are barren in valley .
      But reality is that Kashmiri pandits themselves are reluctant to resettle in valley because they now become elite , cherishing government,s amenities across country.
      But you should have clear mind setup regarding this information that Kashmiri still missing their pandit brotherhood .It is called kashmiryat#

  2. K SHESHU BABU says:

    Politicians are not interested in psychology and / or sociology. Though most of them have degrees, they are ‘ name- sake’ degrees. Many of them are rank selfish opportunists. Kashmir would have enjoyed peace long ago had there been genuine effort to look into the problems of people. The pundits problem would not have arisen at all. It is a magnifued problem to seek political controversy rolling. If Kashmiris were given autonomy and freedom, they would have lived happily along with pundits, budhists, etc.

  3. Sr n m sudhir says:

    Dear Imran,the points you have raised are genuine and I in spirit raise my voice with yours in unison with the reiteration of the points by amrit,to be fair,the Kashmiri pandits also received the same treatment meted to them as you are facing which drove them out of the state,maybe because they are not people of the book,however,one evil should not be repaid by another,

  4. Land does not get cut off from a sovereign country just because majority of the people in the 5 districts feel that way or because they profess a religion different from the others. Kashmir is not the Valley but the Valley is part of Kashmir. It is unfortunate that the people of the Valley have been prepared to be misled by Huriyat leaders and are prepared to sacrifice their well being for a narrative created by a few people.

  5. Col JP Singh says:

    Dear Young man I can understand your anguish but your view is a bit myopic. I have seen Kashmir for a couple of decades now. I studied as a kid in Presentation Convent too. Kashmiri’s never had a problem with India and was a well settled place under the terms of Article 370 and has been one of the most subsidised state in India. There were never any curbs on the freedom of Kashmiri people. You could live and engage in any business and profession all over India, but Indians did have restrictions on what they could do in Kashmir. So that means you had some kind of protectionism given too a plus that made you people with more benefit s than a normal Indian. There was Army in Kashmir and this was deployed on the line of control and never interfered in the day to day activities anywhere in Kashmir. In fact the army being there did benefit many people in Kashmir specially so in the far flung areas. The Army provided employment to the people, they provided medical assistance and also stepped in to help in a big way during natural calamities. They also contributed to the economy by the way of contracts given to locals to supply Vegetables and Meat to the Army. So what Happened ?? You had a few politicians who fell into the trap of Pakistanis, these people played the enemy’s game just for personal gain. They didnt realise or think that they will create situations which will destroy the peaceful existence of the people in Kashmir. It was at Pakistans insistence that the few so called leaders disturbed the peace in the valley. It was your leaders that invited terrorists from across the border in the late 80 to fight for your azadi. These foreign terrorists were those who had fought in Afghanistan and they had no love for the people of Kashmir. All that they did was come here and create havoc the result of which was that the Army had to be pushed into Kashmir. These terrorists apart from fighting the security forces indulged in the the women in Kashmir in a big way. Surprisingly no one made a big noise against these terrorists that were indulging in daily rape of women in Kashmir. But finally the local people did give them away because of the atrocities committed by them and they were eliminated by the Indian Army. Egged on by Pakistan your leaders have misled you and created a feeling of mass hysteria against India. The game continues today. Pakistan has brought ruin to Kashmir. As long as you all fall prey to the machination of Pakistan you all will continue to suffer. Look what Pakistan has done to Afghanistan a neighbouring muslim country. Pakistsn is a disease and no guarantee. I can assure you if you all stop your demonstrations, stone pelting and the path way to terrorism all security forces will withdraw from the Valley in particular and will only remain on the Line Of Control. Its the not the Govt of India, or Jammu and Kashmir or your Hurriat leaders or your so called liberators the Pakistanis who can help you. Its you all who have to normalise the situation, for some time stop behaving in a violent matter go back to your schools and colleges and your homes, stop throwing stones at the security forces and trying to challenge them. Stop waving Pakistani flags. Peace is not a one way street my friend. If you stop the security forces have no excuse to indulge in you all. If you all do what you are doing now then there will be no peace and can be no peace. Politicians are beyond repair. Its the people who have to act now and act peacefully. Once peace is established we can sit and talk. We can even make you understand the geo-politics of the region which you perhaps dont understand now. To know that you can e-mail me at jpsg_2@hotmail.com. Therefore all is not lost there is still time and if we can reach out to each other we can come to an understanding – violence only begets violence. Lets give peace a chance – let the student community rise up to take the mantle of peace forward.

    • I respect your feelings and patriotism. However please have an objective understanding of the history of Kashmir.

      • Col JP Singh says:

        See this is where you do not want to listen to voice of reason. Its not patriotism at all, I am talking to you one to one. History doesn’t lend credence to anything, centuries back you were Hindus,- there is historical evidence of that. I have spent 9 years in Kashmir and have read its history in detail. I have been all over Kashmir and met people there and have inputs too. You are stuck in a little world of the Valley. Okay which Kashmir are you talking about, have you all asked your Pakistani mentors to leave POK? They have given parts of the region to China. Ever heard of the Shaksgam Valley ? The now they want to convert Gilgit and Baltistan as another province of their country. What do you have to say about that? They have no love lost for Kashmir. It was they the Pakistanis who raided Kashmir first before the Indian Army came in. We can talk history till the cows come home. As I have said before if you all stop your protests the security forces will go back to their barracks and finally thin out of Kashmir. You cant keep on throwing stones at the security forces and chant Pakistan zindabad and expect peace to prevail. Your rant over the security forces is not justified by your actions. Remember history cant be recreated. Also the geo-politics of the region will not let you all live in peace. The Pakistanis woulld like to get in – the first will be the Taliban, then the ISIS and then the Pakistanis – also closely followed by the Chinese who will buy you all out and will be selling Chinese apples in Srinagar. Yours is a land locked region and you have to depend on somebody for you trade routes and also requirements of fuel. Who will you reach out to – India or Pakistan ?? I can assure you Pakistan will not let you survive and along with their friend China will enslave you all. Do you know why s Kashmir on the boil. Its on the Chinese insistence to Pakistan to keep formenting trouble in Kashmir to keep the Indian Army busy there. What does Pakistan gain from fighting over Kashmir ? Nothing actually. They have ruined Kashmir and also their own nation over hostilities over Kashmir. While India makes economic progress they rot in their terrorism and military rule. See what they have done to the Baluch people ? Your destiny will be played with by all the countries surrounding Kashmir, it means you all will never see peace as an independent Nation. Its a fact which everyone knows. I have said enough and I again say peace is within your reach – the security forces are only reacting to you all. I do really hope we can reach a consensus on what I am saying. I am only speaking as the voice of reason and not as an Indian or a Soldier. God Bless.

        • Dear Indian brother. As a patriotic Indian i do recognise that it is natural for you to defe12nd your country’s point of view. But it seems that your 1 of the history of Kashmir is fragile. Before Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir, the maharaja of K1111ashmir had askedi both India and pakistan for stand still agreement which India refused ourightly? Why?.I am sure you must be knowing that the accession of JK by Maharaja(against whome there was already a movement) was conditional. You must be kno2wing kashmir had it’s own prime minister till 1965-66 or so. Do you know that in 1953 The prime minister of kashmir was illeagally arrested by India and then prevented from contesting elections f122qor some 20 years. Atleast if nothing you must be knowing 8 the resolutions of UN regarding Kashmir. Then the rigging of elections of 1987 etc etc, it is all there sir. The basic point is that many in india see kashmir from military perspective. The biggest of all 1 is that what made India and Pakistan to split. Have a look into NCERT 9th and 10th History. Now we can keep it discusding for ages, but what we need is understanding? There is nothing wrong in what India has promised us and that is plebscite? End of discussion. Hope i have not hurt you.

  6. MIR ROCUS JHON says:

    Hi, Amrit,
    KP’s are essential part of Kashmir and if you remember masses do welcome their return whenever the issue was raised but it is there personal decision and no one can force them.If they sincerely want to return I am sure they will get warmer welcome.

  7. kuro chan says:

    dear imram,
    kashmiri pandito ko welcome krne se kuch ni ho .jab b kashmiri pandito ko bola jata he valley jane k liye to vo drte he aur vo dar tum ho …tum sb se darte he vo sb ..aur isliye ek separate colony chahte he.sirf bolne se sb kuch ho jata to.. Hum (indian) b to kehte he kashmiri humare bhai behen he..
    fir tu ku ni mnte aur article 370 ku chahte ho ?
    kashmiri pandito k sath tum jesa feel krte ho ..vese hi hum tumhare sath……tum unhe traitor bolte ho…..hum tumhe
    tumko seperate colony se prblm he ?
    hume article 370 se …
    ab bt krte he peaceful protests ki
    jo reason he ki protest allow ni he kuki usse protest bade hoge… bade hoge to system destabilize ho …
    aur desh ki sovernity b…..iske liye AFSPA he jo ki democracy ka end he…vo tabi lagta he jb koi state Independence mangta he …tum log koi special ni ho… manipur, nagaland,assam, mizorm ,punjab me b ye lag chuka he…agar kal delhi k log ye bolne lage k hmari history delhi saltanat ki he to hame Independence do ..to unke sath b vahi hoga jo tum hare sath hua he….. militant aur revolutionary me koi fark ni hota agar ap jeet jao ge tum revolutionary ho ni to militant or terrorist . ..chalti uski he jo powerful he…. mai kai br sun chuka hu ki hume azadi ese milegi jese afgan ko soviet union se….veitnam ko ……tum b hmara kashmir chhod doge… occupation khatam ho jae…aur yahi tumhara doka he….ye kabi occupy hua hi ni….agar tum yaha ake dekoge to tumhe pta chalega kashmir aur kashmiriyo se pyar….hamare jawan proud feel karte he jb vo kashmir me shahed hote he….. dispute hyh? …4war ki he 1989 se khun bahaya he…..jis kashmir ko khun se sicha vo kashmir humara he….
    jammu hmare sath he ladakh humare sath he kargil hamare sath he
    main tumse puchta hu jammu article 370 ni chahta to jammu se 370 htade? …

  8. You are 100% right brother 95% Indian media owned by Indian leaders so they speak what owners want.it is happening in many states but it social media time so truth coming out.How angry Indian govt was when Canada a high moral country passed a motion that 1984 sikh roits was Sikh mascare.I fully support you brother and wish Kashmiris good luck.Finanly we are living in “Achey Din.

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