The sound of thunder in ‘Heaven’.

“The first casualty of war is innocence.”

Innocence and purity of a beautiful place Jammu and Kashmir.It’s beauty I’ve only heard of and seen in pictures.It’s pain felt by everyone.

 In the seventeenth century, the Mughal emperor Jahangir said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here (the Kashmir Valley), while living in a houseboat on Dal Lake.”Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast”, which translates to “if there is ever a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here”. 

The conflict in this place for more than a century has rendered pain and torment among it’s people.

To attain anything we have to strive for it every step of the way..every kind word helps overcome the deepest fears,love always conquers hate,silence is always better than aggression for all these to have a positive effect and override the negative it requires patience,willpower and determination. Evil will prevail but the power of these positive forces will in time conquer it.So is the same for peace we cannot make a promise to it and not follow through with it at every step and the only way of achieving it is through peaceful ways.I don’t believe any war has been won by hate but the need for peace will always prevail first within ourselves and then in the world.

I wish too for Kashmir that it’s conflict be resolved in peaceful ways,that the sound of bombs be replaced with a birdsong,that the years of anguish on the faces of its people light up with that of hope and joy,that the countries involved       come together to rebuild new bonds and leave the past behind,that a soldier can walk through its streets not to protect it but just to admire with their families and most of all that it’s lost innocence be restored and that it be only remembered for its flawless,pristine and peaceful beauty.

I hope not only for Kashmir but countries in the world where rebuilding love and harmony should be the most urgent concern and people and countries should unite to strive for it.

But most of all I hope that I can walk down a lane in Kashmir one day and truly understand the chaos in its beauty.

*All pictures (wish I had my own) and factual information taken from the Internet.


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