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.

Conqueror’s lament

One Comment on “Kashmir

  1. Very honest sharing of thoughts ..Optimism and pacimism are not independent of each other,just the way good and bad freedom and bondage,they give meaning to each other
    Scepticism with intense reasoning is what a rationalist does.It us a scuentidts way to look at the life and things around it

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