​8 Myths About Kashmiris, Everyone Should Clear in Their Mind

Myth 1: Kashmiris live on Indian Tax Payers money and enjoy subsidies

The people of J&K pay tax more than 11 Indian states, they pay more than states likes Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Assam and even Goa and almost equal to Bihar.
And on that only 1% of Indian population pays income tax, so before telling Kashmiris they live on Indian tax payers money , dont forget rest 99% of India lives on those 1% who pay tax. Keep in mind what you owe to your own state before you remind someone else.
The subsidies are largely for industries and urban areas, and that benefits Jammu far more than the Valley, so in the name of Kashmir, they spend on Jammu, and then ask, why are the Kashmiris so ungrateful?
Myth 2: Kashmiris are totally dependent on India for survival.
Yes right now, it is because Srinagar-Delhi highway is the only road open for trading with the outside world, rest all roads have been closed by India leading to Kashmir.
Before its division in 1947, Kashmir’s trade was largely with Pakistan and the JV road was an important route. “There was no direct link with present day India, and it too was connected via Pakistan.
In early times Kashmiris went as far as Orenburg, Russia to trade their goods, merchants and trading agents from Central Asia, Persia etc., used to come personally to Kashmir for making on the spot purchases of shawl and other goods.
There was a time when Kashmiri embroiders are even reported to have been travelling long distances to Russia for assessing the actual requirements of their Russian customers.
Myth 3: Army & Security forces are helping Kashmiris in daily life.
9 lakh security personals (which are meant to kill 129 militants in Kashmir) apart from killing 1,00,000 Kashmiris, raping 6300 Kashmiri women, enforcing 10,000 disappearances, making thousands handicapped and torturing millions, did launch schemes like Op Sadhbhavana, Watan ki saer etc. But does taking a tribal or a village boy/elderly to Taj Mahal or India tour mean anything to peace deficit Kashmir? Does distributing few blankets infront of camera mean anything? The answer is a big ‘NO’.
Myth 4: It was because of Army Kashmiris were saved during flood else their wont be any Kashmiris left now.
So lets see history of Kashmir floods! The first flood which has records happened in AD 879, then their was one in 1841, then their was flood of devastating proportions to hit in 1893, then the greatest flood ever known in 1903 converting the city into “a whole lake”, then one in 1929, then in 1948 &1950 , again in 1957 & 1959 and one in 1992.
It would be wrong to say army played no role in recent floods, they did to a extent. But quoted in army reports itself, it is said to majority of work was done by local themselves and where ever they went they couldn’t have helped anyone without the help of local youth.

So by harping on army’s role in Kashmir flood and converting into a PR stunt doesn’t mean Kashmiris wont have survived the floods. They have survived numerous floods previously aswell, even when the army didnt exist. And on that army didnt do it for free, it sent a bill of 500 crore which was deducted from assistance (it is assumed that it was given ) to be given from National Disaster Relief Fund.

Myth 5: By writing open letters to Kashmiris asking what to and what not to do, will make them behave like you
No Kashmiris wont be like you!

They have a conscience and they have a voice. They protest whats wrong! For them true Kashmiri is one who stands for Kashmiriyat be it a muslim, sikh, or pandit, They stand in lakhs with their matyrs, protest every evil eye on their women and would lay their life for a cause.
Unlike a good Indian by default who is born Hindu, non beef (meat) eating, khaki shorts clad, holier than thou saint who never questions the actions or the thought process of the state-whatever they may be. Who worships the ground the Prime Minister walks on , never minds the fact that he is more out of the country than in. (Shazia Bakshi) Who never questions why his country is called rapistan. Who never bothers about the people sleeping on footpaths and only cares how to make his life more luxurious. Who from his 2 room flat proclaims to be proud of his country and while on road calls his own country and fellow country men dirty,corrupt and desh drohi.
Myth 6: Kashmiri Pandits want to go back to Kashmir but they are not welcomed.
Everyone in Kashmir supports the comeback of Kashmiri Pandits. While if you ask majority of Kashmiri pandits why dont you go back to Kashmir now the answer will be ” We are now settled here and our children got settled too, so no point of going back”

Majority of Kashmiri Pandits know the history of Kashmir better than anyone else and they are more than aware of mistreatment with people of Kashmir by India, but because India acted as savior for them they are obliged to chant India zindabad.

Myth 7 : Removing article 370 will solve Kashmir issue.

Yeah! An article which is just for name sake and is like an eroded shell. While the article gave central government only rights over Kashmirs defense, foreign affairs and communications but in reality Indian state controls all affairs and powers except the no. of people who attend the funeral of a matyr and the sentiment of Azadi in Kashmiris, which no one can take, not evening by removing article 370.

Myth 8: By abusing and threatening Kashmiris on social media you will be a Patriot.
Yeah a self acclaimed patriot who needs Kashmiri blood to satisfy conscience & whose patriotism is restricted to fancy emotional updates about soldiers.

Atleast those soldiers sacrifice their lives for your nation, what did you do in return, stay silent on “one rank one pension” , voted Arvind Kejriwal instead of Kiran Bedi, betrayed them and deliberately lowered the status, dignity and remunerations of the Armed Forces personnel by pimping your politicians, the bureaucracy and other civil services.

First published on Gyawun.
Author of the article can be reached for any hate mails on manan@gyawun.com

With Wisdom, Comes Humility.

We know, education is the empowerment that the youth need for a better future of their own as well as their nation and this job is nobly done by a teacher. The teaching has been considered to be the noblest job, and why not, we have every reason to call it so. Before the advent of cluster of private school system, government schools were at full bloom. Most of the marvels came from such government schools, unlike today. Then what has gone wrong that the ‘marvel producing institutions’ have become barren. Who is to be blamed? Sorry to say, but the teachers of government schools have already earned a bad name, which they need to do away with and work a little harder. Education is the means to attain a goal which is progress and teachers make an enduring impact in the lives of students. The greatest of the arts is teaching since the medium is the human mind and spirit. Teachers are the heroes of our society and often called as “builders of nation”. They take the challenge of creating and shaping worlds. The teachers while teaching touch the future of the child. Thus the eligibility for becoming a teacher needs to suffice the strength to take-on such a challenge.

The global economic crunch has forced the youth into darkness and in every country the unemployment has become the biggest menace/headache. But the filling up of posts for the job of teacher needs not to be seen through the prism of policy decisions for reducing unemployment, because in case the less competent persons become the teachers it will serve no good purpose and will add numbers to the unemployment problem by producing less competent students. Our state of Jammu and Kashmir is not an exception. But the rising rate of corruption has marred the state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir.

The competence of a teacher must not be compromised. The future of a nation depends on the excellence of the teachers, who nourish the growing buds. So the teachers’ competence must be scrutinized prior to letting them to assume such a noble job. The government’s order of conducting screening test for the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers came late but it is a justified move. The case of Faisal Khan Vs. State and others, was an eye opener. A teacher who is not able to write an essay on Cow and cannot solve 4th standard mathematical numerical, do not deserve to be a teacher. Such teachers need to be fished out and shown the door. During a recent protest of teachers, I found them holding placards that had ‘time bound’ spelled as ‘time bond’, which definitely was not a typing mistake. The argument that ReT teachers put forth in their support is that they have been the key factor in increasing the literacy rate in the state, but I must tell those ReT teachers that a herd of students is not what is needed, but what we need to produce is quality students who can compete at all international and national levels. And with such teachers who do not know the difference between ‘bound’ and ‘bond’ or cannot write an essay on Cow, for sure are not eligible to be called or appointed as teachers.

The screening test that has been announced by the government is not any sort of a competitive test at the end of which only a few will be selected. If all of the ReT teachers are capable and competent then they must not be afraid of any such test, and should voluntarily commit themselves for it, to prove their mettle. The argument that by imposing such a test on the ReT teachers the government is adamant to lower their self esteem is a farce, instead by doing so your credibility and worth will get bloomed. Here your credibility is at stake, and Pardon me, but by not sitting in the test you are bringing disgrace to yourselves, by your own.

At first place, the post of ReT is a disgrace to the education system of Jammu and Kashmir. It is highly unfortunate that the government has lowered the status of a teacher by setting the minimum qualification required to be an ReT teacher at 10+2, which is same for the post of a peon or a class 4th employee, thereby sabotaging the appointment through genuine rule of general line system. A government which believes more in governance than in government will never do so, as it is an anti-society policy, which for a moment seemed to be benefiting but for the long run would ruin the quality of education in Jammu and Kashmir and eventually the future. The encumbrances of responsibilities do not end with the ReT teachers. Government has to accept its responsibility as well. ReT teachers were engaged according to certain rules and regulations under which only after the satisfactory results from such teachers they were to be regularized, and the same was done when the stipulated time of 5 years elapsed. Now after 5 years, the government wants to conduct their competency test which means something went wrong at the basic level where ReT’s were allotted the satisfaction certificates. The precious 5 years of the ReT teachers cannot be overlooked. If the government is resolute in taking the test and revolutionizing the education system then the ReT teachers need to be compensated for the previous 5 years as the earlier contract becomes null and void. And at the end if deadwood is found among these ReT teachers then the officers who allotted certificates to them need to be punished, accordingly.

Such innovative and revolutionary steps are always welcome and everyone needs to offer his helping hand so that the foreseen goal is achieved. An education system is needed that shall enhance the creativity and imagination of the students. This step of conducting screening test will surely help in travelling the long journey but there are still many more milestones that need to be crossed.

Pride and Prejudice- Kashmir after alliance.

As a citizen of Jammu and Kashmir, I am constantly haunted by the term “governance alliance” that has been revolving around for some time now. Evolution of the term has not been so easy, as it needed the great hard-work to bring North Pole and South Pole closer to each other, or [maybe] not. Both the BJP and PDP sought votes so as to keep each other at bay, but now it seems that the people of Jammu and Kashmir took the term “keep each other at bay” wrongly as it actually meant, “at the same bay”. The alliance of BJP and PDP, which might not had been the outcome after the fractured mandate had been given to them if “keep each other at bay” logic is applied, has so far been marred by the controversies, which started since the day of taking oath. The “governance alliance” has been flagged high on the pillars of Common Minimum Program that in one way or the other is not clear about the so called “development” or “governance”. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are not so naïve that they could not understand the language used in the CMP. The same old wine i.e. “confusion” has been put in the new bottles and is being served to the people.

Pertinently, BJP has explicitly given up on the issue of Article 370 and the PDP on the issue of removal of AFSPA and Self-Rule, which becomes the basis of the fear psychosis to me. BJP, that we all know, has its roots in RSS which is ardent in converting India into a Hindu state and has been trying it for a long time. Since the PDP has allied with the BJP, a notion haunts me that the PDP has got involved in the act of sell out for the lust of power paving way for the BJP to further its roots in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

PDP may be counting on the assertion that keeping people of Jammu and Kashmir busy with the slogan of “rejuvenation of economy” by targeting corruption, and regional imbalances with respect to infrastructure, will keep them away from the political issues of Kashmir, is Naïve. On the other side, BJP’s assertion that calling foreign secretary talks between New-Delhi and Islamabad will make people believe that the political aspects of the state are being discussed by the Indian government with the Pakistani government, will keep the people of Kashmir in a state of trance, is also Naïve. Sidelining the “separatist lobby” of Jammu and Kashmir in this matter significantly makes us believe that all such acts and assertions are just to let the other 6 years pass. The separatist lobby in Kashmir has a handsome number of “ideological followers” in the state that cannot be sidelined. Anyone who speaks about the agony of the Innocent Kashmiris is dubbed as the traitor or agent or terrorist, isn’t it a hypocrisy?

PDP has been denying all such allegations and [maybe] they are true then in that case they might not have compromised on the political agendas of the State. Recent release of the political prisoner, Masarat Alam who has been called as the “Pak Agent” by the Indian Media, blindly on the basis of some police report that merely contains allegations, has been seen in India as a treacherous act of the Mufti Mohammad Syed to which he has been skeptical. The only reply from him has been that he will not succumb to the pressure tactics of his ally and will not allow the decisions regarding state to be taken in New Delhi unlike Sheikh Abdullah who was reinstated as CM of Jammu and Kashmir state after 22 years by Indira Gandhi after he succumbed to their pressure tactics.  That means he is ardent of releasing the political prisoners that are languishing in jails for years without any trial. For that we need to wait and watch if the history would repeat itself or something new happens. Had this been the case then Mufti would not had compromised on the political issues of the state, [maybe]. Mufti Mohammad Syed today is being called as traitor and what not for releasing the political prisoners, by the Indian media, which clearly signifies that even alliance with BJP, that was considered to be the party of untouchables in Kashmir, is not the license to prove the Patriotism, either.

 The AFSPA has been killing the innocent Kashmiris be it in Macchil or any other part of the state. How could “governance alliance” bring back such lives or how could such an economic development convince or sooth the mother of such a Martyr? [Maybe], by preventing further bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris. But until the draconian law like AFSPA is in place such a thing is far beyond any imagination.

History is evident of the fact that the nations had been occupied by changing their demography. AFSPA has since its inception been doing the same, killing innocent Kashmiris that they unfortunately term as collateral damage. An article in the recent CMP has added to such evil intentions. The CMP proposes to settle the Pakistani Refugees in the state so that the king making power of the state could shift to the Jammu region. Thereby the CMP is all set to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir on communal basis, which else is famous for its hospitality and patience all over the world. Settling such refugees is indeed a humanitarian issue but their settlement in Kashmir will deter the Kashmir cause and [maybe], Kashmir will be forced back to the 2010 like situation which will indeed be a “National Security Threat” which shall not be compromised in any way. It shall be more prudent to settle such refugees in Delhi where they will get more amenities and resources so that their economic weakness could be done away with, which is not possible in an economically and industrially weak state, like Jammu and Kashmir.

The narration of the term “governance” from both the parties is totally different and produces two different versions of a same thing. To BJP “governance” in Jammu and Kashmir means to strengthen the roots and the same to PDP means economic strengthening of the state, as evident from the CMP but the document misses the political issues of the state, either by mistake or intentionally. The BJP and PDP has entered into a live-in relationship which if fails would end up in self remorse, regret and shame and if more caution is not taken then it may give rise to the Frankenstein’s monster that will put them in a more grave trouble, than self remorse, regretting or shame.

The Vale Echoes Elections


Our fingers gripped by the shadow of guns and chaos. The concept of “free will” has been pushed to the dark corner of the mind and heart by fear and hatred, equally. We gaze at each other with a suspicious eye and before saying a word publicly we pass it through a thousand security checks points in our minds. We have been hypnotized by the pendulum of development. A belief has been inscribed in our hearts that we are free but in real it is forced subjugation. We are dead while we live. Yes! I am talking of Kashmir. The virgin land that has become a divorced land even before an affair, and no one asks her what she wants. Yes! Kashmir has become a cruel joke and the politicians are its stand up comedians. And Kashmiris are the spectators that are paying.


There is a notion propagated by the Indian media and its politicians that the election in Kashmir is a clear and loud message that they want to be with India. The high voter turnout is being portrayed as allegiance to the India. The recent statement by India, a UN member, at United Nations about elections in Kashmir is a desperate attempt by them to humiliate the United Nations. United Nations in its several resolutions has cleared their stand about the elections in Kashmir by stating that election is a non issue and if Kashmir witnesses a 100% voter turnout it will not deter the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. The world is well aware of the Indian propaganda and policies. But the people of Jammu and Kashmir are stuck in a maze of development, which they vote for. It is just a trap laid by India for Kashmiris to woo them towards elections and they fall prey to this lone illusion. Peace and freedom are sine qua non of development. Kashmir will never get developed until it attains freedom. If Kashmir gets developed then India will have no other illusion to woo the people of Kashmir towards elections. But still India claims the high voter turn out to be its win. Still if India is so sure that 80% population of Jammu and Kashmir supports them then they must not be afraid of plebiscite that will solve the problem once for all. But they will never wish to do so, and you know why!

                   India stresses hard on peaceful resolution and says that it is ready to talk with Pakistan about Kashmir issue. India sings the slogan “Let us give peace a chance” at all international forums but when Kashmiris give “peace” a chance they sing a different slogan. Here in Kashmir they portray elections as peace and peace as allegiance to the Union of India and label them as pro-Indians, while rest are labeled as separatists. Leaving aside the cunning policies and propaganda of India, participation in elections in Kashmir is in no way a referendum for Kashmir issue. Had the custom been so, then India would still have been a British slave state as slave Indians of British India actively participated in elections under the British charter.

Being leaderless is like being a limp and India has successfully done so with Kashmir. It is not just the India that has failed us but it is our own people also who get mandate from people as their representatives. We have separatist lobby that has tried from past more than a decade to make people aware of the intentions and policies of India but have failed to so and thus be sailing in the same boat of “failure” with the mainstream politicians. They are more or less responsible for the hype that has been given to the elections or voting, unnecessarily. They have turned a non-issue thing into an issue. Recently Scotland was given a chance to decide their future through referendum, inspite of that the Scots used to vote under English laws. Kashmir is filled with politicians but what we need is leaders be it separatist leaders or mainstream leaders that shall represent the real Kashmiri.