“When you’re so close to each other, in this small space, you can understand what would transpire."
This week’s events have pushed Kashmiris back to the bunkers.
'When we hear any kind of noise, firecrackers at a wedding or something else, we panic.'
However, it seems like both India and Pakistan are more interested in pulling the other nation down.
Partition has metamorphosed into Independence. And it is not Independence from the British, but from 'Hindu' India.
There are borders that unlike Wagah blur the lines of what is home and what is enemy.
Will solidarity with Kashmiris extend to this side of the LoC as well, to the ‘azad’ counterpart of the ‘occupied’?
The silencing and appropriation of history are two sides of the same coin and a dangerous game to play.
The Gujarat riots, lynchings of Muslims, attacks on Hindu temples and forced conversions are all residues of Partition.
They would march to the commanding officer and demand that the army cracks down on militancy.