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Nov 30, 2006

CNN-IBN laughs at Kashmiri Pandits...

IBNLive : Asif Qureshi's Blog

It’s not the first time Indian media has surprised me... but this one goes even further. This article/blog posted by Asif Qureshi in his IBNBlog space is shocking and nauseating. I am left wondering which Jehadi’ School of Journalism did Asif get his journalistic degree from… CNN-IBN has gone miles ahead of others in denigrating and humiliating the pain of the Kashmiri Pandits.

The author has mocked at the agony and pain of half-a-million Kashmiri Pandits – making fun of our past 17 years in exile – utterly trivializing the deaths of hundreds of Pandits at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Not surprised though – for Asif definitely regards those trigger happy terrorists as hero’s. I am waiting for his next blog eulogizing them. And these are the people representing the free-press we have.

Asif Qureshi – a Kashmiri Muslim – is acting like a keyboard terrorist – abusing the license his press-tag gives him. This cadre of neo-intellectuals has started a whole new agenda of rewriting the way history in Kashmir is seen and interpreted. If he was trying his hand at creative writing or humour, he has a pathetic taste for creativity.

My word of advice for Rajdeep Sardesai (rajdeep.sardesai@tv18online.com/ rajdeep.sardesai@gmail.com) and CNN-IBN editor Mr Deeptosh Majumdar (editor@ibnlive.com):

“Dear Mr Sardesai and Mr Deeptosh

After reading a write-up titled “The Second Sardarni” by one of your eminent journalist Asif Qureshi here – I am not only shocked , but I am terrorized.

Asif Qureshi is supposedly a senior journalist in your organization CNN-IBN... and I am not surprised. For months I have been seeing the pseudo secular journalism being projected by your channel – but this one takes my goat.

I have a suggestion for you. Maybe you can run an SMS campaign on your channel – asking for all Indians to send an SMS to tell you where the ‘second sardarni’ is.

Huge revenue opportunity!!!

Also, some other SMS campaigns/contests ideas that can get your channel more revenue.

  • Send an SMS to get one more Wandhama massacre scheduled.
  • Send an SMS to get one more Parliament attack scheduled.
  • Send an SMS if you want to get all temples in Kashmir razed. (Not many left though).
  • Send an SMS asking for more suicide ambush attacks in the valley.
  • Send an SMS asking for more tourists’ buses to be attacked with grenades.
  • Send an SMS to get all terrorists in prisons released unconditionally.

Its thanks to your esteemed journalist Asif – that I have finally realized that all my pain so long has been due to a couple of sardarni’s… I was cursing the Islamic fundamentalists for no fault of theirs. These trigger happy terrorists are poor victims of a lady’s curse… ISI must be the peace keeper of the world, Laskhar is the love brigade and Jeish is the harmony keeper of the subcontinent. Ignorant me – for I was holding Hizb and JKLF to blame for the thousands of Pandits who were killed in cold-blood. I must send an apology letter to Bitta Karate for he is a saint. Thanks to Asif and CNN-IBN for bringing this awakening.

Unfortunately yours…

A Kashmiri Pandit – displaced by that first Sardarni…

…thanks to Asif for letting me know."

Nov 24, 2006

What justifies my pain?

Juz A Kashmiri had a post here - "Kashmiri Pandits and their significance"

An interesting post - though only a one-sided and half-painted view... Not the complete story...

I had a comment to post on his article... and to take a cue from his art of commenting, I decided to post that note here as a blog as well...

JAK and Cashurr' here raised a question - as to why there are not any blogs from Pandits supporting the cause of Kashmiri Muslims and expressing sorrow at the happenings in Kashmir.

I am not sure if there are none - and like Cashurr' said, wouldn't matter either. Wonder if some of you are old enough to remember, there was a (so-called self-styled) Pandit leader who was in the valley even after the bulk of exodus had happened - supporting the so-called movement. This fellow Wanchoo was gunned down by the very people he was apparently supporting. Practically it doesn’t matter what Pandit’s think or support - when it comes to the cause of majority - for the simple reason that the numerically we dont matter - and thus politically too we have been rendered dispensible...

So - its obvious that a community which has got so marginalized owing to lack of its political value and being a dispensible minority, would obviously focus all its energy and mindshare in its own plight and suffering, rather than fight someone elses cause - 'cause' which in first place was the reason for its own suffering, for no mistake of his own.

Well, if it does matter to anyone - I for one will sincerely and whole-hearted share here that I do feel pain and agony at the hapless killings, the sinful aura and the gloom of pain that rules the valley today. Killings - custodial or targetted, bombs - at pickets or gatherings, disappearances - by arrests or border crossings, widows - scarred by army bullet or by the grenade from a terrorist - are all despicable and painful to any human. As someone pointed out in one of the posts, Kashmir was a (relatively) peaceful place till before 1989... where a woman could go out even late at night, where one didnt see daggers drawn to resolve arguments (hurling a kangri would do)... It was somewhat close, if not an absolute picture - of the proverbial paradise.

That condemnation done…. A Kashmiri Pandit still wonders:

What on earth happened overnight in the valley - that the face of my neighbour changed suddenly? Was I in comatose for some unknown period – not to see this coming? Or have I been cheated by the neighbour who had been conspiring for so long, sending his kith-kin across the border to get trained in aiming his gun at me when he returns? And he is today holding me responsible for his agony – for not supporting him in his demands – demands which he was conspiring for behind my back – demands which I don’t agree to at all.

If his son died in the ambush at the border – his kith are saluting him as a mujahid, a shaheed. He died for some cause – even though I don’t understand what his cause was – nor relate to that cause. But why was my brother killed? He had no demands, no cause, no claims. He didn’t get trained to hurt anyone. He didn’t come to kill or steal anything.

He eulogized the terrorists; he invited them home and thought they were His messiahs. He made a mistake and pushed my dear valley into a period of war and strife… and where there is war – overt or covert, there will be death, pain, sorrow and agony. But why was this pain and agony in my share – I didn’t invite any terrorist, I didn’t want a war, I didn’t want a messiah… I just wanted to live a simple straight life… a life which my neighbour just high-jacked.

My kith-kin got killed at hands of terrorists – just because I don’t pray in the same mosque as his, just because I didn’t agree with the cause he was motivated for, just cause I still loved my land and tri-colour. My kith was branded a mukhbir and killed in cold-blood, and he applauded the killer – calling him a Mujahid. Last month, he welcomed and garlanded this killer in those very streets… and yet expects me to empathize with his pain. Did he really ever share my pain? Never, beyond lip-service. If he really had, he wouldn’t have garlanded that black-belt killer…

Yes, there 0.5 million army there has done many a wrongs – I am willing to believe all that… it would happen in any war zone. But I didn’t invite that 0.5 million army there… did I? He himself did… when he called in thousands of terrorists from the other side of border. Did I do either of these acts? Why on earth am I the culprit then?

What justifies my pain then…?