CRIMINAL SILENCE

Sumera Reshi
Posted August 10, 2019 from United Arab Emirates

Criminal Silence

Sumera B. Reshi

 

I called my father and I asked about his well-being. Recently, my father was diagnosed with some ailments and the doctor was monitoring his heart rhythms so that he can find out the actual cause of the ailment. So I was worried and called him to confirm his state of well-being.

Me: Hello Daddy, how are you?

Daddy: Hi dear, I am good and under constant surveillance of the doctor, but the air in Kashmir sounds alarmed. There are the clouds of uncertainty and we all are unsure of the future. It is like as if ding dong bell has been played by the supreme power and we are going to end at any time.

Me: Daddy you should be optimistic everything will be alright. Have faith. We will come out of this situation.

Daddy: Hope so. Anyways, I have to check with the doctor on Monday. Let us see what he is going to suggest.

Me: You will all right. You take care of yourself and I shall ring you on Monday afternoon, ok.

Daddy: All right. Till then stay safe.

My wait was over and I took the time off in the afternoon to call my father and to know about his health. I kept ringing, but no luck. My heart started thumping faster. Many weird thoughts engulfed my mind. I was worried about why the phones aren’t working. Meanwhile, I received a WhatsApp message that India has repealed Article 370 & 35 A, thus forcing herself on miserable Kashmiris. My identity which was already in crisis was snatched from me. I was no more a sovereign citizen of a sovereign country which existed even before India and Pakistan were created in August 1947. Now I am a Gazan in India, caged, frustrated and in utter chaos. All my people were and are jailed inside the homes even the Indian stooges were not spared. Kashmir is the highly militarized zone in the world with 800,000 armed forces to eliminate Kashmiris.

We are such a hapless and helpless people that we have lost the count of the days. Every consecutive day we the people of Kashmir have been put under curfew and the restrictions and we are forced to stay inside. Can anyone imagine the world’s largest democracy forcing people of the tiny region to align with them? Can anyone imagine a country that itself remained under the colonial power Britain for 200 years is trying to colonize Kashmir at the behest of its religious frenzy? It is doing so.

Since Sunday, I have no information about my family and my other Kashmiri brethren.   I am completely heartbroken, distraught and desolated. My only catharsis is that I cry my heart out. I feel choked, breathless and more so helpless. I feel so worthless now that I have never felt in my whole life. I wish I could be a bird at least I can fly and see my folks. Alas! I am human subjected to the brutal and forced occupation of the occupants who have already tasted the bitter seeds of occupation.  

I am unable to reconcile that I have no one around me, that the phones in Kashmir are dead.  I agree I chose isolation but I never wanted silence. Usually, I hate silence and now I am experiencing heartbreaking the silence of Muslim friends. The silence of the Muslim world towards Kashmir issue. The silence of the phones and the silence of the air which comes from Kashmir. This silence is killing me day in and day out. The media blackout and lockdown of life in Kashmir opened my eyes. It taught me who is my own who isn’t mine. And I found out that Indian Muslims are heartless human beings. My Hindu and Christian friends won my heart, I lost love for those Muslims who were unmoved by the misery incurred on Kashmir. This is not the end of my story.

Another deafening silence I felt in the flat where I live. The flat is owned by Keralite Muslims (Mallus) and they never asked me about my family or Kashmir. They are as indifferent to human feelings as a tiger is to its prey. The only question they popped up was how many Eid holidays you have.  Rest they are as unsympathetic, cold and unmoved to human values as India is to Kashmir’s sovereignty.

 

 

 

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Hello, my dear Sumera,

How are you doing now? I’m sorry you are in a challenging situation now. I read from the news that people in Kashmir felt betrayed by Article 370 being revoked.

I’m sorry you are in times of uncertainty now, but I’m relieved that you can still share your experiences here. I’m glad that you refused to be silenced.

Have you heard from your family yet? Please keep us posted. Please stay safe there.

Hugs, dear sister. Stay strong!

Sumera Reshi
Aug 11
Aug 11

Dear Karen,

Thanks for your support. Its the 12th day and I haven't heard anything from my family. There is complete media and communication lockdown in Kashmir. Can you see Indian occupation while caging people, enacting their own laws and then claiming it is the world's largest democracy? Please pray for my people.
Regards,
Sumera

Oh, no. That could cause so much anxiety to not know how your family is doing.

Yes, I’m praying for you. This is such a bad situation to go through right now. You got this. I’m glad you can still access World Pulse. Please keep us posted.

Sumera Reshi
Aug 12
Aug 12

Dear Karen,
Can you imagine an entire populace been confined inside their homes? Since August 3, there is complete communication blackout and which sane civilization can do this in an era of information and access.
Regards,
Sumera

Tragic. How tragic! Praying for a miracle for you and your people, dear sister. Hugs.

Jill Langhus
Aug 10
Aug 10

Hello Dear Sumera,

Oh:( This is sad, and concerning:-( Thanks for sharing your story, dear. Will you try to reach your family, or are you unable to? I do hope you're able to connect with them soon. What do you think would be the best way to handle this situation at this point? I mean if anything were possible? Please stay optimistic, dear. We are hear for you.

You may want to consider reaching more with your story, but submitting this story, or another one about your plight, on one of the open stories under the "Voices Rising" tab, such as "Why I Resist." If so, this is the link to that particular story call: https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/why-i-resist

Hang in there, and please keep us updated.

XX

Sumera Reshi
Aug 11
Aug 11

Dear Friend,
I am very tense. There is no contact within the Valley. My father was diagnosed with some heart ailments and was on treatment. I have no information about my family. Thanks for the link and your kind words. My mind doesn't work right. I am unable to do anything. Please pray for my caged people.

Regards,
Sumera

Jill Langhus
Aug 12
Aug 12

Hello dear,

Yes, I can imagine:-( I'm sorry to hear it:-(

Do you think a petition would help or exposure on social media, in some way, to the situation?

You are fine, dear. I'm sure your mind is in tact:-) Please don't worry. Please imagine yourself reunited with your family and that you are all happy and healthy. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. And, yes, I will pray for your family and people.

XX

Sumera Reshi
Aug 12
Aug 12

Dear Sister,

Thanks for your support. Yes, I need to amplify this message to the silent world over the atrocities incurred by India on innocent Kashmiris. I am not fine at all. I am on anti anxieties as I am worried about my people, my family. Since August 3, I have no contact with them. Every day I am dying silently and don't know what to do.

Regards,
Sumera

Jill Langhus
Aug 13
Aug 13

Hello Dearest,

You're very welcome. Yes, I think you need to amplify your message, too. Let us know how we can help. I hope your story is at the very least selected by WP to feature on social media.

Oh, dear:-( I can't say I'm surprised, though.

I hope we can help you more. I will private message you, dear...XX

Lisbeth
Aug 12
Aug 12

Dear Sumera,
It's very sad to hear all that you are going through. Please make it also a matter of prayer. Pour all your heart to God and ask him to come your aid.
I believe strongly in God. He is Almighty, maker of the earth and heaven they is nothing beyond him. I also know he does not descriminate. Talk with him and best regards

Sumera Reshi
Aug 12
Aug 12

Dear Lisbeth,

Thanks but I am unable to make peace with my heart. My heart goes out and out for my people and my family who have been grilled inside a home by Indian authorities. My father was sick and was under observation by his cardiologist and since August 3, I don't have any information about anyone of them. I am completely lost.

Regards,
Sumera

Lisbeth
Aug 13
Aug 13

Yes I got you. So you tell God. It's not easy but I have learn to trust God like he is my judge at Court. Pls try and see if you can do same. Him first and the rest can follow. Best wishes to you and take care.

Sumera Reshi
Aug 13
Aug 13

Dear Sister,

Thanks for your support. Yes, I shall follow your advice.

Regards,
Sumera

Lisbeth
Aug 13
Aug 13

Welcome dear, I will add you here in my prayers. Take care