This are the words that came to me when the Indian government decided to do something for the benefit of Kashmiris by announcing they longer have a state, but now are under the central government with little or no say in their own governance(relegated as Union territories). The PM went on about how deprived the Kashmiris have been of the benefits, which will now fall on them as a “full” part of India. Without listening to what the Kashmiris actually want. Someone correctly pointed out, that it is not the Kashmiris they want to incorporate as “complete” Indians, it is Kashmir. The land, the beautiful landscape and all that it stands on.
Conquerors’ Lament for Kashmir
We know what’s good for you
Let us finish digging your grave
You lived your life in heaven on earth
Heaven, is only for the brave.
Pellets have been good for you
They don’t hurt, nor make you blind
What is it, you want to see?
We’re here to open your mind.
We will undo all the wrong
We do not take history’s blame
We are mightier than King-Kong
Souls long gone, to be with shame.
We’ll train you with tough love
You are all we think about
We’ll take your food, your stove
Take your light and burn it out.
Blame the neighbors, if you must
They are so much worse than us!
We deserve unfaltering trust
Give it up, what’s all this fuss.
Lie in your grave, be silent now
Let’s count how many more we need
Your land is gold and yet somehow
What if, it does not satisfy our greed
We must be sure to dig some more
Minerals, gems, some iron ore..
We’ll dig you out before you rot
Don’t you harbor any doubt
Our friends, the vultures are on call
Waiting… waiting for your fall
We promised them a mighty treat
So long, farewell, our pounds of meat.
Be sure to remember, we meant you well,
You belonged to us from the very start
We brought you closer to us, to quell,
Shred you to pieces, part by part.
We are bound by destiny
You lived in hope
Too bad, there never was any.
ID. August 10 2019
I must have been inspired by the song based on grave digging in the movie Haider.. by Vishal Bhardwaj. Credit where it is due.