Safeguarding our crown was their responsibility,
Long back, when that paradise was losing out on peace and stability,
Years after that bloody decade,
When the valley gears up healthy,
Yearns to lick tourism and trade,
Craves attention, gears up to resurrect wealthy,
How did uniformed hatred never grey?
How many more young corpses will grant them content?
Or, does it take one to feast on sacks of religious contempt,
Or, grow brainwashed blind into monsters, death-hungry,
To join this faction of the Army?
Do you hear that lull? Do you hear that guilty silence?
Crouched they sit, count moments for another sin to age,
Consumed is the nation, the youth is diverted dead,
Let the heat sway away, the news grow old, they’ll soon forget,
At times I gaze startled at the brilliance of this government machinery,
Tactful and wise, under curtains of the largest democracy,
Ethnic cleansing wages rampant,
Sanctioned green, invisible behind myths of our secular skin,
Secured and shielded to raze a limping J&K*,
Have you heard of a country where no terror strikes?
Does that mean an entire community and its youth will have to perpetually pay a price?
Unheard flies the mother’s wail,
Here to stay, those black clouds of an obsolete AFSPA*…
Based upon the headlines “Protest erupts in J&K after 2 civilians killed in firing”- The Indian Express.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-23/india/37256692_1_return-of-guru-body-anantnag-and-kulgam-curfew) – Protests erupted in Kashmir after the Army allegedly shot dead two civilians in Bandipore district on Sunday morning. The police have registered a murder case against 13 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) of the Army. Though the Army said it will probe the killings, the J&K government said there is “nothing to investigate”
– The Indian Express
*AFSPA– The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was passed on September 11, 1958, by the Parliament of India. It grants special powers to the armed forces in what the act terms as “disturbed areas” in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. It was later extended to Jammu and Kashmir as The Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 in July 1990.
For more on the act, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_Forces_(Special_Powers)_Act,_1958
*J&K– Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of India.
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