An informative documentary
December 14, 2010 9:34pm CST
Hi Mylotters, good day. I was watching a KBS channel's documentary which showed about the largest city in India, called Srinagar. It lies in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, and without a Hindu majority. 60 years ago, Srinagar was a peaceful state, with no disputes and it's equivalent to a blessed land. However, years later, the Indian-Pakistan dispute, saw the state of Srinagar gradually becoming a dangerous city. They quarreled over religions and independence. With this, some 30 to 40000 people died and children lost their parents and became orphans. Lots of people lost their loved ones in the dispute which led to fights later on. The saddest thing was that one boy suddenly topped talking when he saw his parents died in front of his eyes. He currently stays in an orphanage and after being counselled for 3 months, he was able to talk again. However, the scar of losing his parents still remains in his heart, and of many other orphans. After watching this documentary, I had a lot of thoughts. This led me to think that life is very fragile and how one could lose their life so easily, and why do people have to die over religion issues? Why can't they just live in peace? Now because of the dispute, Srinagar, which was once a famous tourist destination, has lesser tourists visiting now, which led to people losing their jobs, especially young people. With no jobs, they found themselves being acquainted with the guerrillas, and the disputes and fights will be never ending. What's your say?
15 Dec 10
Hello, The king of jammu and kashmir, being disturbed by frequent attacks by Pakistani troops, resorted to The Government of India. The Government of India agreed for an inclusion of Jammu and Kashmir as a state of Indian territory and pledged to provide for the communication defense etc of this state. Now before India gained Independence, there were many princely states within the territory of India. Accession of some of these states were through negotiations, and for a few the government had to use force. The republic of India had a very well defined policy of accession of a state. The country never believed in encroaching land from other countries, but it welcomed others when they wanted to be a part of India. Till date the administration of Jammu Kashmir has been fairly independent. They have their own constitution. What ails today's Jammu and Kashmir is not related to religion. India is a secular country, Pakistan is not. Annexation of a territory just on the basis of religious majority is not a fair ground in modern world. Since independence Jammu and Kashmir has been an agenda for political and diplomatic struggle between these two countries. Pakistan says the territory is disputed and is continuously debating over the border. There are separatist groups that are instigating fear and hatred among the people there. To make it worse they are making their appeal on a religious ground and not on any logical foundation. In this process the situation has become a stalemate, where neither of the party is willing to give it up. Some people, especially the separatists believe that this place should be in Pakistan. But India has a principle of protecting its sovereignty at any cost. There are also people here who believe that it is in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir that this territory should stay within the official boundaries of India. I wonder when this battle will end. Thanks. God bless you.
• Garden Grove, California
15 Dec 10
hi judgeironfist that is indeed so sad and I feel for those young who lost parents over religion. yes life is so fragile and I am elderly' and still do not understand why religions should cause fighting and blood shed as I always thought that religion was supposed to make us kinder and more compassionate towards each other instead of leading us to kill each other.Why cannot the lessons from our Lord become something universal so we all worship our own versions of God but worship with love and kindness to all mankind.I do not know if this would ever happen as long as people all think that their religion is the only true religion and hate othes instead of practicing real love for all mankind.
20 Dec 10
It's a question i had in mind too. Why are religious issues such a major thing everywhere in the world? That's not what believing and faith for their religion taught them right? There are always people, selfish people whom only think for themselves, doesn't think of the consequences that comes with their stupid actions.