What are writers and artistes tweeting about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir? What is their attitude to the people in this region?
Rahul Pandita, author and conflict writer from Kashmir, tweeted that “In all, a majority of Kashmiris have no idea what abrogation of article 370 means. Argue with them for a minute and one realises they are totally ignorant. All they know is ‘India will now take away everything.’ From our sources we know NSA(National Security Agency) is aware of it. Big challenge.”
Mirza Waheed, Kashmiri writer and novelist who now lives in London, wrote, “August 11, 2019. Day 7 of Seige of Kashmir. We are not allowed to say Eid Mubarak to our families.” But is it a seige or an attempt to integrate the state into the country?
Vikram Chandra, a commonwealth prize winning American Indian novelist, wrote, “In his Aug 8 speech, PM Narendra Modi did say it was for every Indian to share the concerns of the citizens of J&K. Best way to do that today is to reach out to Kashmiris in other parts of India, spending Eid away from home. Make them feel that they ARE at home.”
Actress Shabana Azmi tweeted “Kashmiri Pandit Youth invite every Kashmiri who has been unable to travel home for Eid for a get together…”
Novelist and essayist Chetan Bhagat has taken a stand where he says, “August 5, 2019. Kashmir is finally free. Free to grow, free to make a future. #Article 370 goes. #OneCountryOneSystem.” And also, “Article 370 never gave Kashmiris freedom. It only created selfish leaders who created a terror filled society and robbed Kashmiri youth of opportunity. It is finally time for it to go. Anyone objects, tell them loudly: One Country, One System.”
Writer- politician Shashi Tharoor from the opposition reacted on the call to remove Article 370 with a tweet: “What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens & their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left?”
Ashok Swain, Indian-born academic, author and professor of peace and conflict research at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, critiques, “Modi-Shah’s #Kashmir move affects the robust nature of Indian democracy in addressing internal conflicts and alienation!”
While intellectual debates over the democratic principles that were thwarted by this sudden move and pacifists talk of spreading love, Shobhaa De, the Jackie Collins of India has been in the limelight with her tweets on Kashmir too — but for a different reason. Atul Khatri, a top well-known stand up comedian, the winner of the “CEO’s Got Talent” award by FremantleMedia, a British media/ content company, accuses Shobha De of plagiarising his ‘tweet’ about Kashmir, though none of their tweets had anything concerning the people affected by the ordinance or any principles thwarted.
However, their squabble made it to the pages of leading journal India Today. Click here to read the report.
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