Saturday, September 13, 2014

India's beautiful valley in strife!

India's beautiful valley of Kashmir has been in strife for a long time now. Almost a 100 years before India got its independence from British raj in the year 1947, the autonomous princely state of Jammu and Kashmir was created.  At that time, although this state was a Muslim dominated state, it's ruler Gulab Singh was a hindu.



He was succeeded by Maharaja Hari Singh who belonged to the Hindu Dogra dynasty and was considered to be partial to the Muslim population and largely kept them illiterate, poor and feebly represented in the state assembly. The unrest among the people of the state grew but their attempts at revolt were brutally crushed by the state forces. However the rebellion to end the autocratic rule grew continously and following Indian independence the ruler of Jammu and Kashmir acceded the state to India.


Pakistan did not accepted this accession and the first war between India and Pakistan took place in 1947-1948. Since then the region has been in conflict with Indian authorities trying to maintain peace while insurgents and militancy trying to create unrest.

With public sentiment flying high in the region a number of hindu settlers of the region had to flee fearing for their lives.

Due to the ongoing unrest in the region, development, industrialization, tourism have taken a hit. I for one have not visited the region as for long as I remember it was not safe to be there but people who have had the good fortune to be there in more peaceful times cannot stop raving about the beauty of the valley. It a shame that a resolution had not been reached in over so many years and people suffer!

This year the region saw another problem crop up and this time it was not man made. The worst ever floods in Kashmir' s history ravaged the region. Near about 500 people lost their lives and a number of villages were completely washed away forcing nearly 700,000 people to leave their homes.

The suffering continues... It is as if God is raging his fury at the man made conflict and stubburness of humans..Prayers for the people in the valley.

I made my contribution towards the relief fund , so can you. Every bit is useful..
Link is mentioned below..donation towards relief fund

20 comments:

A LIFE TRAVELER said...

Flooding hitted in nepal and lost many of their lives and homes. The relief activities seemed not much effective to allocated the suffering person in which most of the collected fund have been not targeted enough to the concerned flood victims. These problem might hit to the concerned flood victims in india also.

Suzanne said...

Shocking and so very sad! I pray for the people this has affected. Unfortunately there is a lot of this natural disaster stuff happening world wide. We can not turn a blind eye..

Fernando Lachica said...

War is nothing but damaging the lives of people. More and more people around the world are suffering because of war and disagreements. Peace for all is needed and happy living.

Tim OCallaghan said...

I travelled to Kashmir in the 90's when it was still an area of war. Such a very beautiful area with the mountains a backdrop to the lake. I am glad that the war is over now but sorry to hear about the new problems.

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

I'm confused how the photos are irrelevant to your text... But war is where human are wiped out like pesticides to ants and cockroaches. Innocent lives lost, but the world continues moving. Sad but helpless...

kanu nato said...

Feel pity for those who lost their loved ones. Nature has its way of balancing itself. We cannot predict it and it happens anytime. Hope settlers will be okay soon.

Loudthinkin said...

Tiffany... those were the only photos I had of the valley..:)

ListOTop said...

This is a biggest disaster in the Jammu Kashmir history. Jammu is not affected too much but kashmir is very much. It will take years to rebuild the infrastructure again. Every hand is helping in this disaster time, hope their suffer may come down soon

Vanessa said...

My first and only love so far was from Jammu, so I feel rather nostalgic reading this post. I remember how I discovered Jammu through the recordings that Vishal sent me. Jammu and Kashmir have divine beauty.

Ecuador InMyEyes said...

What a beautiful place and with such a sad history. I hope there will be a peace there one day.

Franc said...

The unrest can really dampen a place development. Flooding can also be damaging.

Sin Yee said...

It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.. <3

Yan Birog said...

we too in the philippines have been struck recently by a violent typhoon and is in the process of rebuilding our flooded cities. hope we both recover soon! :)

rebecca wong said...

It's really sad to see so many negative things happening, be it natural disaster or man-caused wars. Will pray for the people there.

Kaustav Banerjee said...

Kashmir is one of the most elite places in the World. The natural beauty and the awesomeness of the place makes it a point of disorder between India and Pakistan. Recent flood hits in the place has made condition even worse. God bless and may they recover soon.

fyhmd said...

What is the cause of the intense flooding? Was there a storm? We have not heard about this news in the mainstream media. - Fred

Rubbie Anne Abad said...

Ugh this is just so sad to all of u. The place is just so beautiful tho

Nicol said...

those photos looks so refreshing. i wouldn't mind visiting

SlickMaster said...

I;ve got to live those two photos at the start of this post. Kinda reminds me of an Alpine-like atmosphere. But it's unfortunate things like climatic disasters really happen and for instances, we can blame it on the so-called "over-development."

Eliz Frank said...

It's very disheartening to read stuff like this about beautiful terrain... Sadly, we can't stop wars and Mother nature's fury. So sad...