(Mr. Ubaid Mushtaq, 21, was born in Awantipora, Kashmir. He has finished his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Awantipora. While continuing his studies, he also regularly contributes articles to various newspapers on Socio-Political affairs. His articles have appeared in the Greater Kashmir, the Rising Kashmir, the Kashmir Times and on the web at contercurrents.org.)
An open Letter to Separatists
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. This famous saying by George Santayana should perhaps be kept in mind under the prevailing circumstances.
This open letter is in response to the recent killings of innocent youth and the various programmes thereafter given by Separatists leadership. As in past, it seems that Separatists are again running out of ideas to register their protest and failed to show to the world what Kashmiris are going through. The division among the parties is again emerging out to be a grave problem. So, are we going to succeed this time?
I doubt because of past experiences and the lack of unity among the separatists ranks. There is no single leadership agenda behind which the people of Kashmir can unite.
Pursuing single goal under different banners and organisations only leads to chaos and confusion among people. The crisis of leadership is the conundrum for Kashmiris. So, unity among the Separatist leadership isn’t a necessity but the need of the hour. They are pursuing a single goal; we need to be united in thought and application.
Those in Kashmir who had pinned their hopes in militancy to resolve this two decade old dispute must now accept the reality that the gun has done very little to gain any international sympathy or support for the Kashmir cause. So it is the right time for us to think positively and for the benefit of the people. We cannot remain captives of Indian security forces. We have to protest till we reach our goal, and at the same time our leadership has to show maturity, unity and farsightedness.