I LOVE YOU O’KASHMIR

Sumera Reshi
Posted September 19, 2019 from United Arab Emirates
Love You My Kashmir

I LOVE YOU O’KASHMIR

 

I never knew I love you so much.

Until on August 5, I lost you.

When I was caged inside my house.

When I was deprived of fresh and free air.

When I had nothing to fill my belly.

When my heart felt the pain.

When my merciless oppressors.

In a guise of a lamb, entered my garden.

Stealthily displayed their craftiness and ruthless face.

Detained my innocent youth, murdered them in cold blood.

When my mothers wailed and beat their chests.

When my sisters lost their beloved brothers.

When the grass turned all red and rivers with the tears.

When my elders were dragged and the women slapped.

When your heartless army trampled every boundary.

When I was no more a citizen of my ancestral land.

When none came to my help, neither the world nor my neighbours.

When the guns were pointed at me, aimed at my eyes and chest.

When my entire populace was choked with tear gas.

When my streets turned desolate and empty.

With your fear and callous tactics.

When they snatched my freedom and my peace.

When I was rendered speechless and dumbstruck.

Then I realized O’ Kashmir, I love you beyond limits.

Till then, I never knew that my love for you is unconditional.

Beyond logic and rationale. I love you with heart & soul.

 

                                                                                  Sumera B. Reshi

 

This story was submitted in response to Why I Resist.

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Hello, Sumera,

Your words truly show how much you love Kashmir and its people. I'm so sorry you're still going through this. It's almost two months already. :(
Hugs.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 19
Sep 19

You have great love to your place. It is really great things.

Sumera Reshi
Sep 21
Sep 21

Yea everyone does, so do I.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 19
Sep 19

Dear Sumera,
Please know my thoughts are with you through this horrible time.

Sumera Reshi
Sep 21
Sep 21

Thanks, Tam for your prayers.

Jill Langhus
Sep 20
Sep 20

Hello Dearest Sumera,

How are you doing today, dear? You certainly sound like a poet to me.... wow! I swear your pieces are getting more and more powerful.

Sending you and your family more hugs and prayers every day, dear.

XX

Sumera Reshi
Sep 20
Sep 20

Dearest Jill,

I am alright. I am a poet because you trust I can write a poem. I am unable to do anything for my caged people and what I can do is to let the world what is happening in a beautiful prison called Kashmir. But thanks to your messages. I am now used to your messages and I keep waiting for them.

Jill Langhus
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hello Dear,

How are you doing today, dear? I know that you can:-)

Yes:-( I'm glad to hear it!

XX

Sumera Reshi
Sep 23
Sep 23

Dearest Jill,

I am good. You are my greatest support.

Jill Langhus
Sep 23
Sep 23

Excellent! Aw, thank you, dear:-)

XX

Tarke Edith
Sep 21
Sep 21

Hi Samira
Ohhh what a story your love for kasshmir will last for ever dear thanks alot for sharing.

Sabah Khan
Sep 21
Sep 21

Statement on the situation in Kashmir

21 September 2019

We are a group of Indian academics and scientists.

We are writing to express our deep concern about the crisis in Kashmir that has now persisted for over a month, and which was precipitated by the government’s decision to de-operationalize Article 370 of the Constitution and to end Jammu and Kashmir’s full statehood. Since then, the government has restricted communications in Kashmir, detained opposition leaders and dissidents, and flooded the state with security personnel.

As signatories to this statement, we hold various views on the issue of Article 370 and other substantive questions about the conflict in Kashmir. However, we agree on the following points:

We are appalled by the government’s decision to restrict telecommunications and the internet in Kashmir for over a month. We understand that landlines have been restored in some parts of Kashmir, but since landline teledensity in Kashmir is below 1% according to the government’s own statistics[1], this measure has failed to provide substantive relief to Kashmir’s residents. In our own institutions, we have witnessed students suffering because they are unable to maintain contact with their families. Moreover, credible reports suggest that these restrictions have made it difficult for ordinary people in Kashmir to procure medical and essential supplies [2] or even for children to attend school.[3]
We believe the government’s actions in detaining and restricting the communications of opposition leaders and dissidents in Kashmir are deeply undemocratic. Whatever views one might hold about these individuals, a fundamental norm in a democracy is that the party in power does not have the right to lock up its political opponents when they have not even been accused of any crimes.
We are disturbed by the multiple reports of human rights violations in Kashmir by Indian security forces.[4],[5],[6]

We would like to express our solidarity with the people of Kashmir and offer our support to those outside Kashmir, who have been cut off from their families and friends as a result of these decisions taken by the government of India.

We remind the government that it is duty-bound to uphold the rights and protect the welfare of all of its citizens. In line with these obligations, we call on the government to immediately restore full communications in Kashmir, lift the security restrictions that are hampering ordinary life, release dissidents and opposition leaders, and conduct transparent and impartial investigations into the allegations of human rights abuses.

List of Signatories (Name and Affiliation)

(The institutional affiliations provided here are only for the purpose of identification and do not indicate the official positions of these organizations.)https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aGJ8jmPJcsTnrsx9FCqQQEKuhn4o2pUeEW0g...

Bettina Amendi
Sep 23
Sep 23

Thank you Sumera for sharing your story.You have enouraged me.Poetry is an art in custody of afew of us and am happy you one of those with this wonderful talent.Keep up the good work.Life in a war striken area is so tough,i pray for your safety and others always.

Sumera Reshi
Sep 23
Sep 23

Thanks for your prayers, Amendi, so nice of you.