‘Stop Violence, Go Home’ Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s open letter to Indian Army
Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while writing ‘Go India Go’ on walls has written an open letter “Quit Jammu Kashmir” to the army’s 15 corp commander.
The letter aimed to convey the message of the masses to Indian armed forces to “vacate” Jammu and Kashmir while urging people to mail the letter to army, navy, BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF.
In an open letter titled “Appeal to Indian soldiers, please go home”, Geelani said, “Your actions have killed one lakh people, disappeared ten thousand and orphaned more than sixty thousand children to subdue us collectively and to make us surrender our fundamental right of freedom, yet the emotion of love and reverence that martyrdom of commander Burhan Wani mobilised across and beyond Kashmir should open your eyes.”
“The more you strike us down, the more we shall rise with renewed determination and vigour. We are in the process of liberating our minds and the days of freedom are in sight. This is the time for you to see the writing on the wall and think upon what you always intended to do and what it has presented you with always,” Gelani has said in his letter.
“You thought our spirit would break. We would turn against each other. We will not. You have succeeded in murder, but not in the death of our dreams. Before more violence, before more sorrow, before more graves, we ask you to stop,” Geelani has said.
The letter invokes Kashmir’s history and culture to make its point. “Ours is a rich and resilient culture. We are proud people whose hospitality has defined our history. We welcome guests, invited or uninvited, not invaders. We understand your deception, your psychological warfare. You will be tired of killing us; some day you might be horrified at what you have done to humanity. We will never tire of struggling for our history, for our future, our freedom. We will not forgive. We will not forget.”
Striking an emotional chord and asking the forces to lend solidarity with the people, the letter asks forces that there must be some humanity left in them.
“We appeal you to lend solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir for our rightful self-determination, and the right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be free. We call on your conscience to end the long chapter of deception, tyranny and death,” the letter says. “Therefore, we appeal and urge you to leave our land. Save your individual conscience and help your national soul with healing that only comes from acknowledgement and acceptance of truth which is people of Jammu and Kashmir are not with India and will never be.”
The letter concludes with, “Stop violence, go home. Indian soldiers, go home.”