Divide And FALL

In last two and half decades of conflict Kashmir seems to be running on a hyper active mode when it comes to reactions. We react whenever there is an opportunity to do so. The happenings around the world especially those in the Islamic world have direct bearing on our minds. We tend to relate, in a better manner, with the world outside, than with the society we live in.

The tremors of recent happenings in Iraq are already felt across Kashmir as there are voice emerging both for and against the incidents taking place in that place.

The prolonged conflict has left Kashmiri society divided to its core already. There are ideological divisions, sectarian division, political divisions, societal division, regional and sub-regional divisions in Kashmir; one can only fathom how another division – that too based on something that is happening thousands of miles away – will ruin the social fabric of our society.

In last one decade the divide within the story has grounded its roots so deep that reaching a consensus seems impossible.

It is painful that this divide is nurtured in the hearts of young and educated people who otherwise could have been instrumental in setting the things right. But the youth, who are aware about the happenings in the world around them, get influenced by what they see rather than what is right and what lies beneath.

Thanks to internet, a guy sitting in Srinagar related himself with people living in Iraq or Iran rather than with his age-old neighbour living next door.

One of the positives of living in a conflict zone is that people understand the importance of seeking information and knowledge. But the major fallout of living in conflict zone is that this information or knowledge can be misused by those who thrive on chaos.

In a place like Kashmir where centuries old bonds still exist between people belonging to different sects, a major overhaul of thought is underway.  And ironically the engineers of this overhauling process are none but youngsters.

The recent happenings in Iraq have once again made these fault lines visible. There is simmering anger on both the sides. And if this anger is not contained or controlled on time it will engulf the entire society. The last thing that Kashmiris can witness right now is a sectarian crisis. But there are people who are hell bent to relate happenings in Iraq with small stray incidents in their neighbourhood. Misplaced anger is more dangerous than the absolute and properly directed anger. What we are witnessing in Kashmir is misplaced anger.

If last two and half decades of conflict have not taught us to stay together and face the enemy boldly than nothing else can.

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