Kashmir Solidarity Day: February 05, 2009

Today the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” is being observed throughout Pakistan (yet again). There is news that rallies will be held in different cities of Pakistan as well as Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The day will also be marked with relevant TV programs and human chain events.

One such human chain event is taking place right now on Jinnah Avenue. The human chain created looks long. Some people are delivering speeches with zeal and fervor in favor of the struggle of Kashmiris against Indian brutalities. Others are chanting songs to display their solidarity with Kashmir.

Another important activity that is marking the day is a nation-wide holiday.

My Thoughts & Rants:
It is good that we observe this day. It at least keeps reminding us that Kashmir needs our attention. But is it enough to mark just one day on the calendar for this? Is holding rallies and other similar events going to help the Kashmiris facing Indian brutalities in Kashmir? Are we doing enough to justify our participation in this cause? Do we still believe in this cause or has this died out in our hearts? I fear I am not doing enough and I am ashamed.

Note to self:
Do “more actions” and write “less words”.

7 Comments so far

  1. sceptic on February 5th, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    First and foremost, Pakistan needs our attention – both in talk and action.

  2. kabirdas on February 5th, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    It will do more good if we decide to work full day on a Sunday once a year for the cause of Kashmir. If nothing else it will show how serious we are about the cause of Kashmir and how much we are prepared to sacrifice for this cause.

  3. kabirdas on February 5th, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

    @ sceptic on February 5th.
    Sir, as far as TALK is concerned Pakistan has always received, is receiving and continue to receive our full attention. As far as action is concerned we will act also once the water reaches our eye brows.
    For the moment have a nice day.

  4. danyhasan on February 9th, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

    How about putting our house in order first? Two of our country’s provinces are badly hit by insurgency/violence.Why cant we show any solidarity with those who are a part of this country? Why cant we observe a day for all those who have lost their lives during the so called war on terror? Shouldn’t we express solidarity with those who cannot afford to give their children two meals a day?I believe we already have enough problems of our own and cant afford a holiday in the name of a place which was never ours. Most of us might not even know the exact date we lost East Pakistan.How about remembering that day?After all it was a part of our country.Sadly we haven’t learnt any lessons from history.

  5. kabirdas on February 9th, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

    @ danyhasan on February 9th

    Yes, we should indeed observe all the solidarity days mentioned by you but on a predetermined Sunday by declaring it a working day.

    Hegel said something like this: The only lesson one learns from history is that one does not learn any lesson from history.

  6. danyhasan on February 10th, 2009 @ 10:01 am


    The quote you have mentioned describes our mindset perfectly.Sadly it appears that history is about to repeat itself.

  7. kabirdas on February 10th, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    @ danyhasan

    Yes, hisory I suppose like a teacher repeats itself for those who fail to learn thier lesson from it.

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