Kashmir Bleeds - Sana Shahzad
sk me what Azaadi means to me and I will tell you it means Freedom.
My Identity. My Nation. Meri Pehchaan.
Ask me what Azaadi means to a Kashmiri and I will tell you I couldn’t guess if I wanted to, maybe because they’ve never experienced it.
Loudly, with a convincing voice, I tell the World
I Stand With Kashmir.
But What Do I Really Know about Kashmir?
Surely it is more than the tales of Bloodshed.
And lost hope.
Confidently, with an irrepressible voice, I tell you
I empathize with the People Of Kashmir.
But What Do I Really Know about its People?
Surely there is much more than Sadness in their eyes.
And Lots of Love for their country.
Ask me what Azaadi means to me and I will tell you it means Family.
Comfort. Happiness, and so much Pride.
Ask me what Azaadi means to a Kashmiri and I wouldn’t know what to tell you, maybe because I’ve never been in their position, but then again, none of us have.
73 years since we have been unchained from the shackles of Colonization,
And yet we still haven’t learned how to free our own.
When will we learn?
Sana Shahzad is a currently a law student at the LSE. She is also a writer and an activist who aims to use her writing to spread awareness and bring change.