The Kashmir valley is silent. The rock band has quit. But something else that they’ve done has further dampened the spirits of many a campaigner.
It’s like an abyss of sheer futility. The rhetoric is incessant. The voices of dissent are many, probably increasing. But this great juggernaut of oppression just tramples all hope.
First, I wish to share something I had missed earlier.
The Grand Mufti had stated in an interview with IBN Live: “Girls are responsible for rape. They should be in their limits, they must wear their veils at all times. They can sing in their homes. They shouldn’t sing in public, they are giving bad signals to men”.
Before you start becoming livid and tearing off your hair, I’ll request you to read on.
Calm down, your blood pressure is more precious than the Nation’s development.
Please know that your shrieking or protesting shall not bear fruits. No you shall not succeed. How many morons will you silence?
There are millions of them.
It’s like in the movie Zombie. You kill one. Many more rise. I’ve wasted my time on this, writing sleepy eyed on many midnights. I wrote in health. I wrote in heartache..
Okay, if you are a little stable by now, here comes the final blow for you. You’ll never be a believer any more after reading this:
The all-girl band ‘Pragaash’ (which translates as Light) apoligised that “the people” were unhappy with their music and they respected the religious ruling issued by Grand Mufti Mohammad Bashiruddin at the weekend, they stated that the girl band will no longer play.
One of the girls issued a statement to the Times Of India: “Mufti saab has said our music is un-Islamic. We respect him and the people of Kashmir … and their opinion. That is why we have quit,”.
The unnamed band-members face was blurred out in the broadcast.
So, this is it. The net result of thousands of blogposts, one petition signed by thousands, facebook support groups – an apology to half-witted extremists.
Members of the girl band, if you ever read this, and I hope you will, I’d like you to know that you’ve let a nation down.
It’s been my belief that music without ideology is noise. This incident further cements my belief. There was no ideology. That’s why it was so easy to say, “We quit music”.
Yes, I’m being a hardliner and judgemental. I admit that. But, I’m also being very honest.
It feels that the entire thing was a BIG joke – writing for Women’s empowerment and gender equality.
I’ve wasted my time on this. And I quit.
I’ve compromised my blog’s tone and voice to let in a little space for social responsibility.
There’re now fewer times when I write only for myself.
I’ve been a fool. I’ve always had issues with people who get degrees with the ex-chequer’s money and Government’s subsidies and then fly away to foreign shores. I felt that they were less of a patriot.
Today I feel why they do so. Because this nation is going in reverse gear. It’s hurtling back into the 14th century.
They say rats are the first to leave a sinking ship. But atleast rats survive.
This nation is suffocating now. It kills thought, expression, and most importantly it kills optimism.
Perhaps the only defense for the girls is that they are young and they got intimidated.
Sorry I can’t buy that anymore. I’ve been young too.