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Will the next Indian Idol be a Kashmiri?

BBC News: Indian Idol creates stirToday, an enthusiastic member of my community sent a link to this BBC news item around: Indian Idol creates Kashmir stir. Her accompanying message said, “This is great news!”. It made me happy too. Hundreds of Kashmiri kids had lined up for a chance to be the next Indian Idol. They had flocked to the Srinagar auditions of Sony TV’s music talent show, in spite of terrorist threats. Obviously Indian forces must have been standing guard.
Why did this news make us happy? Why does it make us Indians happy when Kashmiris want to be Indian idol?
Why does it irritate the separatist Kashmiri bloggers when Indians call Kashmiris their atoot ang (inalienable part)? They want India out of the valley. Due to the special status the state enjoys, and due to the movement of terror run by the militants, it is hard for outsiders, and some sons of the soil, to more than temporarily visit the valley. They cannot work, live and own property there, while Kashmiri Muslims can live, work, study and own property anywhere in India. Rightfully so, as Indian citizens they study in the best institutes of the country, hold coveted jobs in the central government, trade in Delhi, Kerala and Mumbai, and have winter homes in Jammu and Delhi. And they are the ones complaining. I read references to the word “hypocrisy” in most of these blogs. It seems it works only one way.
The BBC report by Kashmiri journalist Altaf Hussain also talks about militant threats against such programs, enforcing dress codes, etc. I wonder why these blogs don’t talk about independence from these threats.
Qazi TouqeerOn another talent hunt show, Fame Gurukul, a Srinagar kid Qazi Touqeer was voted by the Indian public to be the winner. I hope they find some good talent this time too. I grew up with a close KM friend singing melodious Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi songs. He was so good, I wish we had such talent shows those days. Now he teaches in a higher secondary school in South Kashmir. Last weekend he called to tell me the good news that he has purchased land in Jammu for his winter home. Congratulations.

8 replies on “Will the next Indian Idol be a Kashmiri?”

“Why does it irritate the separatist Kashmiri bloggers when Indians call Kashmiris their atoot ang (inalienable part)?”
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u want to know why?
so let me tell u why?
when someone comes into to your home, pretending to come there just to protect it.
then under the pretext of caring establishes control
and then
tells you this is part of my home…
it irritates the likes of me.
There might be a set of people who think its perfectly normal to accept the status quo and even be proud of it.
but it ails “separatist kashmiri bloggers” like me.

.. under the pretext of caring establishes control and then tells you this is part of my home…

Are you talking about J&K state’s instrument of accession to India? You may need to take another look. Or, are you concerned with Kashmir valley alone, which is understandable.

There might be a set of people who think its perfectly normal to accept the status quo and even be proud of it.
but it ails “separatist kashmiri bloggers” like me.

I think you need to convince your people then, and put up a more united front. Convince the people lining up for Indian idol. Convince the people living/working in India, and doing business with it. Have nothing to do with India. Cut the hypocrisy. You will win, insha-Allah. All the best.

Yes, but you will need to cut the hypocrisy. Stop trying to be Indian idols and India-baitors at the same time.

Indian Idol: What is in the name. If you use your grey cells, it is not the name but the talent which counts in that program. And now if a kashmiri muslim proves to be the best of the lot, what is the problem with that. Oh do you mean that a person has to be a citizen to participate in these talent shows… Or is it just because he happens to be a KASHMIRI MUSLIM, that you have problems…
Grow up, dude.

@Caashurr
Indian Kashmir: what is in a name? As long as Kashmiri Muslims have control over the whole state, how does it matter if it is called Indian Kashmir? After all, it is about governance. If you have any grey cells, and if you people really want separation, you should quit India first, and then ask India to quit. You want to have the cake and eat it too. You want to take full advantage of being Indians, but ask Indians to stay out of Kashmir. Are you foolish or do you think the world is?

Caashur, How did you think I had a problem with a KM becoming Indian idol? Read my post again. I said it makes me happy. And it will make me happier if they return the love that India and Indian people show towards them. Before you go on about human rights voilations, they are there because of terrorism, so you should speak up against the terrorists, not against the Indian forces which put their lives on the line for your protection.

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