‘People’s fears and concerns must be addressed’, says Kashmiri singer Aabha Hanjura on the current state of her state!
By Bryan Durham - August 6, 2019
As of yesterday, the government of India scrapped Article 370 of the Indian constitution which gave the region of Jammu and Kashmir a special status.
It saw an outpouring of emotions for and against the decision. The one that resonated the most with us and made most sense came from Kashmiri singer Aabha Hanjura, who recently released a two song series called Roshewalla with Dilbaro Yuier Valo and Chalo Chinaro Ke Gharon as the two songs.
She lent her perspective on the matter, saying, “Ultimately, every stakeholder in the Jammu and Kashmir story (its people) — Kashmiri Muslims, Dogras, Kashmiri Pandits, Ladakhis, Gujjars, Bakkarwalls and many others — have all been suffering at the hands of there never being a definitive government policy in the conflict zone that Jammu and Kashmir is.”
Stressing for the need for a return to normalcy in the region, she added, “Truth is, we are all children of conflict, and at the end of the day everyone of us just wants peace and normalcy in our lives. Everybody’s hopes and aspirations matter.”
She adds, “Today, I am choosing to be optimistic of a brighter future, where everyone can live together in harmony. May this turn out to be a big positive step towards that direction.”
There’s a parting word of caution from her. She says, “Meanwhile, my appeal and request to people is to not share anything random on social media that’s clickbait-y in nature, please do not partake in creating an environment of division, hate and hostility. If you wanna be a part of the conversation, please take the trouble of educating yourself on the messy grey that Jammu and Kashmir is, it is not black and white.”
“People’s fears and concerns must be addressed and human empathy with other human beings in sensitive times is of utmost importance, let us remember that please,” she concludes.>