Breaking The Monolith Fallacy Of Kashmiris

Arshia Malik | Firstpost

You may be Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, or Pandit, if you don’t agree to the regressive aspirations of the Intifada factory , it is an unspoken law that you have no right to be in Kashmir. Various tactics are then deployed to hound you out of the Valley or get you silenced .

The definition of a monolith is a large, impersonal, political, corporate or social structure regarded as indivisible and slow to change. Conflict entrepreneur “experts” on Kashmir who project Kashmiris as a monolith, have been deviously disregarding the internal dissent, and resistance to the regressive aspiration of Azadi by a few secessionists. They make the existence of dissenters of “Azadi” seem inconceivable, their modus operandi being to label those who oppose as not Kashmiri enough or Muslim enough.


The hapless Kashmiris who were forced into this proxy guerrilla war in the late 80s and early 90s, have to deal with either the mainstream ‘Narrative’ terming them assassins or willy-nilly as terrorists, depending which side of the binary one is. Add to that the helplessness of having to prove your Kashmiri-ness time and again whether in public or private life.

So if you condemn the Pakistan-sponsored terror, you are not Kashmiri enough, if you advocate democracy (elections/the ballot/sarpanches), dissent (pro India), freedom of speech (right to music bands, liberal spaces) then you are not Muslim enough, and that can mean an automatic target practice for the likes of the TRF (The Resistance Front, actually a front fro the LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen) in the Valley.

For three decades, various types of Kashmiris have been reeling from this siege of the mind by Islamo-fascist forces from within, without documentation of their dead and disappeared. It doesn’t matter that you have eked a living there, that you are bringing up children there, that you belong to the place by birth, and that your ancestors are buried or burnt on a pyre there. You may be Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, or Pandit, if you do not agree to the regressive aspirations of the Intifada factory (a motley crew of overground workers, politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, civil society members, writers, talk show experts, etc.), it is an unspoken law that you have no right to be in Kashmir. Various tactics are then deployed to hound you out of the Valley or get you silenced.

From 1989 autumn onwards, Kashmiri Pandits, seen as upholding the Indian nationalism in the Valley were targeted through high-profile assassinations, sending a clear cut message to everyone – to join, or get killed, or get lost – a popular Kashmiri slogan in coordinated marches, “Raliv, Chaliv ya Galiv”. Amidst this, what is not being said openly is that Muslims who were secular, liberal, progressive, or high-profile Leftists affiliated to the various Communist parties and popular rationalists were also put on hit-lists circulated by the various “Tanzeems” (terror organizations). The mass exodus of the Pandit minorities did not just comprise of KPs but Muslim dissenters of “Azadi” too, many living in horrendous conditions as the migrant camps.


When the Mirpur-London-Washington lobby of the Kashmir Intifada lobbies on platforms around the world in University campuses and UN Councils, it conveniently forgets the human rights of those exiled by the Nizam-e-Mustafa ideology advocated by terror groups, legitimised by separatist politicians, and coddled by the government of India. This manufactured consent for Azadi, is peddled by the likes of Sanjay Kak, long migrated, non-residents, and “conflict entrepreneurs”, having built a career as artists, film-makers, photographers. When in his interview he says, “Kashmir lays India bare” and that “the old trusted cliches – largest democracy in the world, constitutional proprieties, free mediaโ€”all these have started to look very shallow”, one needs to understand why the blame is being shifted from Pak-sponsored proxy war against India via Kashmiri collaborators. In this asymmetric war, the Indian State has to fight, keeping the above “cliches” intact, often failing because the “enemy” has the deadliest terror tactic in the world – psychological warfare extorting clan loyalties, tribal ties, all in the name of religion. It is an ever losing PR nightmare.

๐’ฏ๐“‡๐“Š๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐‘œ๐’ป ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐“ƒ๐‘œ๐’ธ๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰ ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐“๐’พ๐’ถ๐“‡’๐“ˆ ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐“Š๐“ˆ๐‘’๐’ป๐“Š๐“ ๐“‰๐‘œ๐‘œ๐“.
-๐’ฎ๐“‰๐‘’๐“…๐’ฝ๐‘’๐“ƒ ๐’ฆ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”


Every time there is a violation, and there will be countless times, the Intifada hounds pounce on it, denounce the Indian State, coordinate mass social media accounts, some originating from across the border, activate trolling, and ready-to-print Op-eds in WaPo, NYT, etc. Not to mention the various Associate Professors, in numerous “Anthropology Departments” tweeting, publishing papers, churning podcasts, and holding “Human Rights” conferences. Amidst all this, the silent majority just becomes a statistic, a pawn, a passive observer. This elected mutism by the silent majority, has several reasons, the primary one being a sense of self-preservation. The winners of the Pulitzer Prizes only document the rage, the hatred, the frustration, the radicalisation, the high-handedness of the security forces and the aftermath.


What they will never do is refer to the underrepresented, the repressed, the hidden, the silent dissenters about secession. Of course, due to the network of this manufactured consent, and the subsequent risk to life, limb, and property, the “silent” will never elect to come forward. But, they exist and they resist in their own ways. Documentaries, movies, poetry, rap-songs, cartoon strips, art-works, lit-fests, photographs, seminars, conferences, talk-shows will never take into account these “silent sentinels”, who have to compromise on the quality of life, and the sanity of their minds, just to survive amidst the fascism of their own and the bravery of being out of range by the overseas Intifada lobbies.


What the citizens of India need to understand is that sometimes the flag is not upheld in plain sight, sometimes, patriots carry the flag in their hearts, in their minds. Sometimes nationalists have to worry about the fate of their families, in an “Orwellian” ecosystem which has been perfected by the Islamo-fascist forces since the mid-80s. The Government by its appeasement policies of decades towards the separatist-politicians has not been able to manufacture trust in these nationalists. Hence the hesitation to come forward and fight. Like the overseas Intifada lobbies, they do not have the luxury of being brave out of range. They are in the direct line of fire, as the convenient ” mukhbir “, “kafir”, etc. Kashmiris as a society, as a people are not monoliths. Not everyone hates India, not everyone wants a merger with Pakistan, not everyone is a terrorist. and those who don’t walk with the herd are in no way any less Kashmiri or Muslim.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. almostvoid says:

    I was in Kashmir back in 79 [second visit to India] and with a houseboat stay in Srinigar the chap who created marvellous food etc a Muslims said he wished for an Islamic regime. I said if that happens the visitors will vanish. Anyway he is a Muslim now so why this need for Pakistan to take over? Because it is Muslim. One got no further. Things have regressed instead. Your article covers how there never is a society or any large group of people who have a single idea approach way of thinking which can be neatly bundled up – and this is where politicians [not politics] fail. Over simplification. Same for the freedom/terrorist fighters. Once the poison infects the people chaos festers. Why the radicals cannot leave others alone is one of bullying. For millennia. Globally. And yet the Indian sub continent had been and is such a inspiration in metaphysical diversity. To have that succumb to the monolithic monotheistic monomania is regression ending up with repression. It would take more than a Gandhi or a Gautama to sort out this one.

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    1. Rooh Bhat says:

      So beautifully explained, Cant agree more ! Hey why dont you write something fo us !! Waiting for your response … well i see a great flair in expression here

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  2. almostvoid says:

    Rooh Bhat – ripper – something – indeed – I happen to a peripatetic perambulating perennially perplexed mental case when I think about the human species – there are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to encompass what pours out of their heads. India is the exception without a doubt. One would need, me being a bit slow on the uptake, several re-incarnations to understand the depths this cultured land and its extremely well read, and spoken inhabitants have me remember. So yes, word limit might be a good way to begin. Since this is your site I think some paradigms might be in order so that I can set to and disorder my brain accordingly.

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