Fewer gardens in Kashmir more cantonments


Faheem Haider


This tradition has been established for centuries that Kashmir used to be a temporary shelter for tourists to escape the intense heat wave in the plains of the subcontinent. Keeping this tradition, ambassadors of different countries residing in India, Indian leaders and government officials are seen visiting the beautiful hills of Jammu and Kashmir today.

The local people are upset that these leaders are not able to fully enjoy the healthy places and the local tourism industry is not getting any benefit due to the tight security guard. The management of their accommodation and food is the responsibility of the security agencies, while local people associated with tourism are not even allowed to approach or ask for their well-being.

In fact, this tradition has been going on since the Mughal period that Kashmir used to be the abode of kings or maharajas in summer. Keeping this in mind, the Dogra Maharajas laid the foundation for shifting the offices by declaring Kashmir as the summer capital and Jammu as the winter capital. It was known as the 'Darbar Move'. Recently, the Indian government ended the transfer of offices, causing hardship to the people of Jammu whose livelihood depended on the influx of lakhs of employees to Jammu thanks to the Darbar move.

The Mughal emperors or after them Raje Maharajas enjoyed themselves by establishing gardens and palaces in their time and also left a beautiful legacy for the entertainment of the people, but the last hundred years have seen the construction of military cantonments instead of gardens or palaces. Which are now becoming the temporary abode of India's leaders or under their shadow many people come with plans to settle permanently?

Most of the Kashmiris say that for a few months only local people are seen in the charming place of the valley, but most of the ministers, secretaries and other officers of India can be seen everywhere, on whose service non-Kashmiri employees in the local administration and police have already been hired. has been deployed.

Seeing the beauty of Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonhamarg and Dudhpathri seems to make everyone's heart skip a beat, but enjoying this beauty amid security guards is like drinking milk mixed with lemon. India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh may have realized this, too, who recently said that in view of the changing situation in the neighbourhood, more time is needed to manage Kashmir.

It is a mere coincidence that on August 15, Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha was hoisting a hundred feet high tricolor on the Hari Parbat or Koh Maran hill of Kashmir, where Atta Muhammad, the Afghan governor of the Durrani Sultanate based in Kashmir in the past. Khan had built a fort, while the Taliban flag was being hoisted over the presidential palace in Kabul.

On this agreement, there were mere whispers in and around Kashmir because the government of India has forbidden talking about it.

In the Muslim-populated region of Jammu and Kashmir, all educational institutions have been closed for two years, most of the places of worship, including the Jamaia Masjid, are closed, Muharram processions are banned, public transport is banned due to the Corona virus, except on August 15. To celebrate the Republic Day, children are taken out of their homes and brought to the stadium, on the Hindu festival of Janmashtami, Hindus are brought from outside to set up a tableau in Haba Kadal, and despite travel restrictions, the local population is still besieged by bringing millions of tourists to the valley.

From the ministers of India to thousands of BJP workers and 10 lac army, if they are not openly working on the agenda of subjugating the region by force, then what else are they doing? The answer should be asked from India's one billion populations, which is mourning the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and ironically, it is also promoting the observance of human rights.