Every once in a while, we get an interesting email directed at admins, asking questions like "why don't you just leave the Kashmiris alone?" or "why is it that Kashmiri carpets are no longer on sale in Hauz Khas village"? Usually, they are from Pakistanis or POKashmiris pretending to be Pakistanis. But recently we got one from someone claiming to be Saudi. For some reason the urge to respond was irresistible. So here is the Q&A:
From: Ahmed Ali Usman
i belong to KSA. I just have a question to you people that why are you in Kashmir? Y you are killing the people? Why the people of Kashmir are in so trouble
Please leave them free ! thanks
And this was the response:
Dear Mr. Usman,
Thank you for your mail. Normally, admins do not respond to such emails which are numerous and tiresome. However, this is one of those rare occasions when an email from Saudi Arabia pops into the box. As one of the admins, I feel an urge to respond. Maybe it is simply that it is a nice morning where I am, coffee is nearby and an interesting opportunity presents itself. I'm going to deconstruct your email, if you don't mind of course.
You say you "belong to KSA". What does that mean? Are you a citizen of Saudi Arabia. While that's possible, I'm inclined to think that you are not - and I can, most probably, pinpoint your national origin. But let's say you are a citizen of KSA. In that case shouldn't KSA belong to you, rather than the other way around? A country, after all, belongs to its citizens. Countries do not own their citizens do they? But, I forget, if you are a Saudi "citizen" then you are a property of the House of Saud, effectively. KSA,is, strictly speaking a family property after all.
Now, you ask, a question to "you people" - meaning us, I suppose the people who run and administer this website in particular, and Indians in general. Out of curiosity, may I ask you whether you include Indian Muslims in this "you people" group? Let's assume, charitably, that yo do. Do you know that there are about seven times more Muslims in India than in Saudi Arabia? Do you still want to refer to us as "you people"? Not that we mind, you can refer to us as anything you want. It simply clarifies your mindset for us. We will give it due respect.
And now comes the clincher: "why are you in Kashmir"? I could have told you that it really is none of your business, which of course it isn't. I could have asked you "why are you in Saudi Arabia" - no doubt to you a meaningless question, but the relevance of your question is similar to us people. But let me be polite to a guest, and say we are not in Kashmir, rather Kashmir is in us. Kashmiris have a claim to each and every inch of India, just as each and every Indian has a claim to every inch of Kashmir. You see, India belongs to Kashmiris just as much as it belongs to anyone else who is Indian. Do you understand the answer? If not, read it again or get it translated by a Pakistani friend you might have. That will help.
"Y you are killing the people"? No one is killing the Kashmiri people, other than terrorists. And we are killing the terrorists, just as Saudi police and military and national guard are killing terrorists all across KSA. If you were Indian, will you not do the same? Please remember Jammu & Kashmir is a part of India, just like Najran and Jizan are a part of Saudi Arabia. Will you allow terrorists to come from Yemen and operate in Najran and Jizan? If you are inclined to research the subject do so. There is plenty of material online, but you must go to non-Jihadi websites as well, to get a balanced point of view. The people of Kashmir are in "so trouble" because of these terrorists.
"Please leave them be free", you demand. You will be suprised at the amount of freedom the Kashmiris have. Much more than you in fact. When did you last elect a government? When did you last have any role in your country in choosing its leadership? Are you free? Do you have any independent newspapers? Can you challenge any decision that your government makes? You can do none of these things. What do you mean, therefore, by "free"? Freedom to do what? Freedom from what? Please use your own brain, and you will see that you are not right. Kashmiris have recently had elections and chosen their own government.
Free your mind. Think, man. Think. Look at the world beyond your little kingdom and see what is happening. I challenge you to do it, if you have the courage to do so. Look at the world with objectivity, if you can.