India lives in a difficult neighborhood. A country that was the richest in its hey days, it was impoverished by the Mughals for centuries and the British for over 200 years. It got partitioned – which in hindsight arguably may be a blessing. We have still unsettled issues in Kashmir and North-East due to meddling by neighbours who have bigger problems. We have western powers and neighbours and their spy agencies and NGOs (under religions garb), Maoists, Jihadists and others trying to divide India, or at least create divisions. Some of us in India still think of us as what is our religion or caste. Most politicians seem to be out for themselves and not those they serve. Poverty levels have gone down but still at high levels like 25+% of our people with lots of other issues. BUT… DESPITE ALL THESE THESE AGGRESSIVE, DEVIOUS AND VIOLENT EFFORTS TO BREAK INDIA, INDIA IS LIVING, BREATHING and THRIVING AS NEVER BEFORE. We have so many pluses and some say our people are the happiest and we enjoy the greatest freedom in the world. So let us thank our Soldiers, Para-Military, Freedom Fighters, Citizens Past and Present who have made incredible sacrifices. JAI HIND, JAI BHARAT… GOD BLESS INDIA NOW AND FOREVER!
- 26 Jan 2017
Afzal Rahman, a normal Kashmiri (because he is not part of the 2% who are separtists) says he is a father of 4 and son of aged parents. Like every parent in India and everywhere, I worry about my children’s future. I am a proud Indian and Kashmiri and operate a garment shop in Srinagar. My own son, an aspiring policeman, was paid to join the stone pelters and later was hit in the arm, and my daughter’s school was burnt. Life was very tough and we could neither sleep or eat. But then you announced demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee notes. Initially we got more scared. But this decision gave us back our lives. There has not been any more stone pelters on the streets or schools being burned, traffic has started moving, shops have opened and there are people in the market with happy faces. My daughter’s board exams were held with over 95% attendance with many happy faces. Given the lock down by separatists for over four months, we Kashmiris are enjoying standing in the bank queues. The separatists are suffering as they had only 500/1000 rupee notes which no one is taking now. So we in Kashmir valley are very happy with this decision.
Source: The Indian Voice
- 22 Nov 2016