Being Kashmiris, we often come across numerous myths to bust and lies to expose but this one right here is a potentially difficult one for us too. In the past, we have exposed how India Today had manufactured lies to malign Kashmiris and accuse stone pelters of taking money for the job, similarly, we had talked about how Indian Journalist Rahul Pandita was caught pants down on Twitter when he accused ‘some others’ of Kunan Poshpora Mass rape.
Now that there’s a new channel by the name of ‘Republic’ in India run by an old thug- Arnab Goswami, his illogical arguments can trouble the wisest of men around; some of them are hilarious while others are cringeworthy.
After watching this clip, I paused for a while and then I burst into hysterical laughter.
And then, multiple face-palms followed.
In a recent debate on his channel, Arnab Goswami and the panellist Major Gaurav had some interesting argument over as to why Kashmiris have red cheeks and how come Kashmiris are good looking. Major Gaurav Arya claimed foreign funding is the reason Kashmiris are so good looking and that’s primarily because of the money that comes for ‘God knows where’ and hence we do not die of malnutrition.
One of those moments when the Indian media makes a fool out of itself that the colour of our cheeks actually pisses them off.
Of course, no sane person would go on to explain to Arnab and his Major Arya as to why Kashmiris are healthy and do not die of malnutrition. But, supposing these panelists as small children, that’s what they act like, here’s a small note to burst their little dreamy bubble-
Well, you see kids, one reason is that we’ve been living one of the most hostile conditions for more than 3 decades and we’ve learnt to survive longer periods of famine, hartal, harsh winters and even war. We store our staple food, rice, for atleast another quarter ahead.
Another reason is that we live together, in harmony, caring about the needs of less fortunate. No one dies of hunger in Kashmir. Our society is tightly bound together with a feeling of oneness.
Volunteers, our youth, they are the real saviours. Who needs an external messaiah when you have such an awakened youth in your own society?
From taking care of the smallest things like arranging hair-cuts for pellet victims in 2016, to swimming and rowing boats hundreds of meters in 2014 to save the affected, volunteers look the storm in the eye and defeat it with their relentless spirit, hands-down, together.
We overcame one of the most deadliest earthquakes in 2005 and then tragic floods of 2014 while the Indian government blocked all foreign aid to Kashmir including that from the UN. And you think we’d rely on foreign funding to live during hartals? It’s time someone looks beyond the peacock glasses Mr. Arnab.
One more reason, kids, we do not waste our energy in hate mongering and going on about forming virtual lynch mobs; we love and live. Hence, our nutrition gets utilised in the right areas – our brains :). Take notes, Arnab.
How about Major Arya and Arnab rather talk about their own concerns like …a chief justice recommending cow as a national animal rather than focusing on lynching of 12 men in Jharkhand, or believing peacocks give virgin births?
Let’s leave Kashmir to Kashmiris. And the war-mongering aside for a while.
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