The current Indian Government took the nation by surprise, both positive and negative after they announced the abolition of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after the decision came out in the public, services like the internet, telephone, connectivity, etc came to a complete standstill. However, now, months after the decision, the situation in the hilly state is coming back to normal but not completely. Talking about the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir currently, Zaira Wasim penned down a hard-hitting note about the struggle of the locals. The actress who was last seen in The Sky Is Pink, on Instagram, shared her thoughts regarding the changes in her hometown, Kashmir.
Zaira, in the note, mentioned that there is 'false and uneasy semblance of calmness' in the valley. She further went on to question the reason behind not allowing Kashmiris to put forth their say and asked the purpose behind curtailing their freedom of expression. Read her note here:
Kashmir continues to suffer and see- saw between hope and frustration There’s a false and uneasy semblance of calmness in place of escalating despair and sorrow Kashmiris continue to exist and suffer in a world where it is so easy to place restrictions on our liberty. Why do we have to live in a world where our lives and wills are controlled, dictated and bent? Why is it so easy to have our voices silenced? Why is it so easy to curtail our freedom of expression? Why aren’t we ever allowed to voice our opinions, let alone our disprovals, to decisions that are made contrary to our wishes? Why is it that instead of trying to see the cause of our view, our view is just condemned ruthfully? What is so easy to curb our voices so severely? Why can we not live simple lives without always having to wrestle and remind the world of our existence. Why is that life of a Kashmiri is just about experiencing a lifetime of crisis, blockade and disturbance so abundantly that it has taken away the recognition of normalcy and harmony from the hearts and minds? Hundreds of questions like these-unanswered; leaving us bewildered and frustrated, but our frustrations find no outlet. The authority doesn’t make the slightest effort to put a stop to our doubts and speculations but stubbornly tend to go their own way to confine our existence mired in a confused, conflicted and a paralysed world. But I ask the world, what has altered your acceptance of the misery and oppression we’re being subjected to? Do not believe the unfair representation of the facts and details or the rosy hue that the media has cast on the reality of the situation. Ask questions, re-examine the biased assumptions. Ask questions. For our voices have been silenced- and for how long....none of us really know!
Soon after the abolition of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government put Jammu and Kashmir on lockdown fearing chances of riots. As per reports, cellular networks, landline and other services resumed on in January.
Zaira, who was born in Srinagar, recently made headlines for quitting films as her career intervened with her faith and religion. Through an Instagram post, the 19-year-old actress stated, "I officially declare my disassociation with this field. This field indeed brought a lot of love, support, and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of imaan."