|In a Small Country Like Yours…|
When this writer pointed this out to a separatist leader, his response was:” We only faced bullets and replied with bullets during the years of turmoil here in Kashmir. Had we been bombarded like the Kurds, we would have come together more as a nation!” It is not our purpose at all to examine here the semantics of “ nation” (or for that matter, sub-nation!),but to emphasize that once we Kashmiris shake off our sloth and inertia, and respond to our long history, we will take to networking like our lives depended on it—which they literally might.
Pandits residing outside Kashmir currently will testify to how each of them has come to realize the desperate need for networking. A simple question arises here: “Why did our Pandit community not take to intensive networking before the stunning event in our recent history—the exodus of a vast number of them from Kashmir?”
The first answer that comes to mind in response to this is: sloth. The second answer: a lack of easy methods of networking.
The print media in Kashmir is already describing kashland.com as the “Facebook of Kashmir”. Well, we don’t mind that description, but have ambitions much higher than that of “Facebook”—we want to be the building cement between all Kashmiris and help create a single, unified Kashmiri consciousness—just as a herd of deer are known to have a single, connected consciousness (incidentally, this was discovered recently by scientists in Palestine or Israel!)
So we intend to offer flexible, dynamic, evolving concepts of networking through our website. To give the most dramatic example: you may want to express your views and give vent to your political anger (naturally in an acceptable manner), but may feel it will become the classic part of the problem rather than be the solution to any degree! So, we provide you with the facility of having a Facebook-like portal to yourself with only those having access to it who are registered members of Kashland. Such “brain-storming” by common folk like you and me is bound to do us good.
Outstanding professionals network extensively in our times of instant communication across the globe. The networking by alumni of IIMs and IITs is well-known. It is also well-known in Management circles that these professionals have achieved a considerable amount by the sheer power of networking. There is very reason for Kashmiri professionals like doctors and engineers to network intensively and Kashland will provide them with an ideal forum to do so. Let our slogan be: “Professionals of Kashmir network—let us have development, not disaster!” Writers, poets, singers and those of other creative vocations are welcome to join the party!
Let us conclude by doing an Escher-like elision of two well-known couplets. One is the famous:
Agar ba roay zameen firdaus ast
Another couplet is:
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