The state of Kashmir, in the northernmost part of India, is still being fought over since the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. Although currently under the power of India, Pakistan continues to push forces and make claims about the land and how it must belong to them because of cultural reasons. The majority of the population is Muslim, like Pakistan, but at the time Kashmir was offered to be apart of India or Pakistan, the leader was Hindu; therefore, the state remained neutral. There have been several wars within the past 60 years and today the dispute seems to still continue.
They say for every action, there is an equal an opposite reaction…
But what happens when there are actions on either side
Both pulling with the same force
The same heat
Both building remorse
And creating enemies simply to attain their prize?
The first war began in 1947 when Kashmir decided to remain a neutral territory. Pakistani forces were the first to infiltrate, and as troops were being sent in Kashmir pleaded for the assistance of India. Later that year, Kashmir agreed to officially become apart of the Indian nation, but a few rules were added to the constitution to ensure some distance between Kashmir and India. For example, Indians who were not officially Kashmiri citizens cannot live in Kashmir (The Telegraph). Perhaps this divide was not ideal, but in order to stay as impartial as possible, it was seen as necessary.
Ruining a once strong bond
Old friends becoming new foes
All simply because they oppose
The other’s wish?
But sometimes this is not the right way to throw a fist.
Instead of jabbing in attempts to hurt the despised
All they do
Is slowly rip apart their treasure; their prize.
One side screams, as they send in hands
Ripping apart families as if it was wrapping paper
And leaving pieces torn behind
With no one to answer to
Kashmir has proven to be a hazardous place to live due to the ongoing debate of whom “owns” the land. Citizens have been caught in the middle of dangerous gunfights between the opponents, and in some cases die simply Pakistan and India are both fighting over the precious state. There is one case in particular that put a family through an utter loss. Zubair Ahmed was the father and breadwinner of six children; however, he “had been caught in the crossfire during shooting between Pakistani troops along the Line of Control” (Iqbal). Unfortunately, the destruction of this family is just one example of the damage caused to the civilians of Kashmir.
The opponent fights back
Attempting to kill fire with a bigger flame
Pulling in the precious land
Piece by piece
Torturing the souls that unfortunately reside
In this divine beauty.
But even a gift so gorgeous
Can eventually lose its glow behind the smoke
That now blocks the view of the mountains.
The tanks that stand in the way
Of a smiling boy with his husky pup
And like dogs, the enemies will fight.
Growling and barking
Scratching the landscape of what they crave
But neither will get their paws on it.
The chances of finding the answer to the argument of who deserves to claim Kashmir does not seem to be in the near future. Currently Pakistan and India are at a ceasefire, leaving the issue unresolved. This of course leaves Kashmir on edge, never knowing when the fighting and wars may resume. Security throughout the state is unreal; officers guarding in tanks on what seems to be every corner. Military men with guns walk the streets along side the shop owners advertising their chai tea. The life of a Kashmiri citizen may be viewed as one under constant probation, yet these people live in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth. Despite the dispute, tourism is still a large apart of Kashmir and the environment of this state brings in visitors from all over the world; perhaps being another reason each country would like to claim the state.
No matter how long the fighting stays
The prize, the treasure, will glow
And while the golden hue may fade
The fighting sides can never rip what lies inside
Away the hope will never go
Just let it be
There is a time and a place to battle
And if it threatens the innocent beauty
Of a gift, a child
It is not worth trying to burn flames with fire.
Beginning in 1947, Kashmir has since been in a state of turmoil. Until Pakistan and India resolve their quarrel on the matter, the “neutral state” will remain a battle zone. Alas, while the fighting continues all the citizens of Kashmir can do is to continue their daily lives, and hope that one day the two countries will stop fighting and make a self-less decision based upon the needs of Kashmir.
“A brief history of the Kashmir conflict.” Telegraph Media Group. (2001): n. page. Print.
Iqbal, Zafar. “Local peacebuilders demand an end to conflict in Kashmir.” n. page. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. <transconflict.com?2013/09/local-peacebuilders-demand-end- conflict-kashmir-269/>.
S.E., Paul. “A Quick Overview of Indo-Pakistanian Relations.” World Wide Walkers. n. page. Print. <worldwidewalkers.wordpress.com>.
“Srinagar under curfew for Maharram processions.” Hindu. n. page. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.