Will Kashmir Cheer for India or Boo Rasool ? … By Rashmi Talwar/ Rising Kashmir

Will Kashmir Cheer for India or Boo Rasool ?

 By Rashmi Talwar/ Rising Kashmir ——–Cricketer Parvez Rasool  

Cricketer Parvez Rasool

When Prakash Chand Mehra, a 22-year old Amritsari, hollered ‘India, India’ into the hooter that he had made a night before to cheer the Indian team while watching the finest dribbling the world had ever seen by the Indian hockey wizard Dhyan Chand at 1936 Berlin Olympics, he actually had watched sports history in the making, what more could he have asked for, than the mighty Germans conceding defeat to the powerful Indian Hockey team.
Under the leadership of Dhyan Chand, India’s star player, India drubbed the Germans badly to win the Hockey Gold at 8-0, not even conceding one goal to rival Germans, that too at a time when the so- called ‘Superior Race’ belief for Germans was being brazenly flaunted by none other than Hitler himself to give wind to the hate wave for persecution of Jews, the old, the infirm or the diseased. Olympics were specifically showcased to display the German’s superiority over all other races of the world. Hockey, however, proved to be a spoiler to that belief. It also gave India, still under colonial rule, a new hope and unified its numerous contradictory identities, at least till the time the jubilation of Victory lasted.

Indisputably, ‘sports’ and ‘calamities’ are the biggest unifiers of a community or humanity. The decision to include Parvez Rasool – a Kashmiri, in the Indian squad for the Zimbabwe tour may have nothing to do with politics but among his detractors speculation is rife that the decision has been taken to appease Kashmiris. Whatever be the truth, the fact remains that Rasool’s inclusion in the Indian squad has given a big, proud moment for Kashmiris to rejoice.
The 23-year old Rasool, of humble beginnings from Bijbehara in Anantnag district of Kashmir and the first from the state to bag an IPL contract, has finally made it as the blue-eyed boy of Kashmir. The achievement has its reverberations in quaint narrow lanes of the cities, townships and even in the village gullies, where  Kashmiris are hooked to Cricket as festively and traditionally  as they are to  their ‘Kangris’. After all Kashmir produces the best willow that goes into making of the finest bats in the world.
A familiar sight anywhere in Kashmir is that of a group of boys having innovated some wooden clefts and improvised balls to have a go at a game of cricket even in an undulating spot. Such is the craze for the game that they continue playing indoor cricket during snows and rains. Often, they have their mothers run after them mumbling incoherently and dragging them away to finish their homework. Yet, they soon reappear within minutes, declaring to have finished their home-work, owing to their raging love for cricket. Hence, every household is sure to have a bat, especially a family having a male member. And of course in Kashmir, ignorance about cricket can silently turn you into an outcast.
The only glaring contrast of Kashmir with the rest of the India is that Kashmiris would invariably cheer a team playing opposite India and if it was rivals Pakistan against India then it was seen that most Kashmiris, especially of the majority community of the region, would cheer for Pakistan. “This is tradition! (To cheer for Pakistan). Aap nahi samjhogey!” (You will not understand!)  A young Kashmiri Aijaz Rasool shook his head and told me. Aijaz works as a cameraman for a TV Channel.
A young Kashmiri driver who met me is a real contrast to his compatriots who disliked his own name ‘Ramiz Raja’ kept after the name of a Pakistani cricketer. When asked about his name, he said he hated his name and his first preference would be to be named Amitabh Bachchan or second, Salman Khan. Perhaps he felt free with those who were not of his own state to freely speak his mind and choices.
Kashmir and the rest of India are waiting with bated breath when off-spinner Rasool, the lad from Kashmir bowls his first ball or scores his first run for the national cricket team in the forthcoming tour against Zimbabwe. India would turn all ears for cheers from Kashmir for the Indian team. “Rasool is in a position to inspire a generation,” says hotelier Sajid Farooq. It is not certain how well Rasool will perform in the one –day series that begins by the end of the month, but he has crossed his first hurdle and become the new hero.
In recent years, some Kashmiris have taken leads in various fields. Only a few years ago Shah Faesal became India’s first IAS topper leaving a heavy burdensome past of sufferings far behind and inspiring many Kashmiris to look ahead. Not only this, Faesal as an inspiration became a reality when a record number of Kashmiris were able to crack the IAS after his success. Few allegedly separatist Kashmiris had called Faesal names for appearing for the ‘Indian’ Administrative Services, but most are relegating biased notions of their forefathers against India behind them and trying new ways to move ahead.
I also recently heard of a boy who created an indigenous simple hydro power generator and operated it in the Lidder River that flows through Pahalgam. Yet, above all these formidable achievers, a player comes tops. He is the one who has a matchless aura. And who better than a cricketer from one’s own state, at that.
No matter what some jealous or biased persons may point out about Rasool’s joining the Indian Team, it is true that the 33-wickets that Rasool took in seven matches in the 2012-2013 Ranji Trophy season is an impressive achievement. His 594 runs with two centuries too are no small feat. Harbhajan’s slackness means that India badly needed an off spinner and Rasool has made his mark and is a genuine replacement for him as an off-spinner.
With Rasool’s inclusion it remains to be seen-“Whether youth of Kashmir will also make indigenous hooters and holler -India! India! during the cricket tour or will they resort to using the same hooter to boo Rasool for playing for India?”

The author can be mailed at rashmitalwarno1@gmail.com

FIRST PUBLISHED IN RISING KASHMIR ON 19TH JULY 2013 
URL: http://www.risingkashmir.in/news/will-kashmir-cheer-for-india-or-boo-rasool-51577.aspx

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  5. Posted by Mir Sahil on August 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Kaul Ravinder every word u wrote seems taken from the ground .. this is true ,,
    unfortunately i am also the lover of pak cricket ..nd i don’t know why ..

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  6. Posted by Kaul Ravinder o on August 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Tajamul Elahie, please. A Kashmiri policeman wearing a khaki uniform is just doing a job. He too is a Kashmiri. He too is a father of young kids. He too is a son of his old parents. He too has sisters. It is just a coincidence that he found a job in the state police department instead of the revenue department. He has nothing against his Kashmiri brothers and sisters. Do you think that killing him mercilessly is fair and right, just because he got a job in the police department?

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  7. Posted by Kaul Ravinder o on August 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Tajamul Elahie, no one can condone the atrocities of any kind committed by the security forces. Anyone committing even minor crimes must receive due punishment, more so in case of armed forces for they are trained and expected to perform their duty in an exemplary manner. The only question that I want to ask is that why do Kashmiris keep quite when the atrocities are committed by the militants and not armed forces.

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  8. Posted by Javeed Tramboo o on August 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Ravinder Ji, they are still doing it. creating more and more Janewala Baghs are not going to help them, with every such barbaric acts they are loosing grip over J&K somebody should counsel Delhi Darbar . They should realize time has moved toofar from medival times when people were tamed and suppressed by might

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  9. Posted by Rohit Bhat on August 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Tajamul its not only about comparitive analytics..lets go back pre 89 era when there was less army.. Ravinder ji is referring to that time as well? any thoughts

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  10. Posted by Javeed Tramboo on August 16, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    who they have turned off very true Raina Sahib

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  11. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Javeed Tramboo I know that sir. And I have read the history. That is precisely why thaI find the current mindset of Kashmiris all the more intriguing. I am sure you agree that what I have said here is not incorrect.

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  12. Posted by Tajamul Elahie sk on August 16, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    , dont forget links of crimes committed by security forces, the list is very length sir u will get tired,and do u know the reason of killing of 2 girls i know but i dont have support of my claim, and killing of those who represent the state it is abovious they will becz that is the reason milltants have taken arms they dont want anyone to represent india

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  13. Posted by Sanjay Raina on August 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Sure Javeed Saab! Something is surely wrong with Delhi that Kashmiris have embraced those who they once turned on.

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  14. Posted by Yavar Khan Qadri It on August 16, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    goes both ways;CRPF jawans get injured by Kashmiri militants and then they get life saving treatment by Kashmiri doctors at hospitals like the Hospital for Bone and Joint Surgery,Barzulla.(CRPF does not have its own hospital)Incidently,years ago,an Indian Airforce Pilot was treated for injuries after a crash by Kashmiri doctors.However,I agree whith your point;whydo many Kashmiris cheer for Pakistani teams ?(Obviously not because they are Muslim) I think that Kashmiris are always inclined to follow blindly cetain leaders that sway them.Gullible we are,with the “alkarega wangan karega bab karega mentality”.The leaders change,the sides that leaders take change,but we remain steadfast following them like lambs!

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  15. Posted by Javeed Tramboo on August 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Ravinder Ji, they are still doing it. creating more and more Janewala Baghs are not going to help them, with every such barbaric acts they are loosing grip over J&K somebody should counsel Delhi Darbar . They should realize time has moved toofar from medival times when people were tamed and suppressed by might

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  16. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Aarti, Please let us face it for once. You know that I have no ill will against anyone and I love my Kashmiri friends. I have a firm belief that KPs and KMs have to live together and we have more in common among ourselves than we can have with anyone else in India or elsewhere. But the only thing that I want to do here is to try to understand this strange phenomenon. It is more of an academic query than anything else and I am not talking here about separatists but common Kashmiris.

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  17. Posted by Shantiveer Kaul on August 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    What undiluted crap. What were the two teenaged girls that were shot dead in Sopore? Representatives of state? What was the poor waiter in a hotel? A mukhbir? There are scores of such cases. Yes, I do not keep a tally ready for pasting links every thirty seconds – so it might take me a good hour to paste all links from 1996 onwards. The cases are more than three dozen, for sure.

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  18. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 15, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    You are waiting Tajamul Elahie. There are no protests dear like there would have been had a militant died at the hands of security forces. Soon the doctor would be dubbed as an Indian stooge and the attack on him explained. This has happened hundreds of times before.

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  19. Posted by Tajamul Elahie on August 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    kaul ravinder, that is why i myself did not go in depath, becz i know if i go before 1996, then your most of words r true, but after 1996, there r very less incidents crime committed by milltants, and as per about 2 police man, they r representing states aspiration and milltants represent diffrent aspiration so when milltant gets killed simalarly police will also, and about present case of doctor many here r also waiting for the reason of attack a good doctor like him

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  20. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Khalid Hussain, I have lived in Kashmir off and on from 1990 onward and I have been regularly discussing these issues with my friends in Kashmir. Even they find it hard to explain their infatuation with Pakistan. This post is not aimed at castigating anyone but only to understand their strange and unexplicable infatuation with Pakistan.

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  21. Posted by Aarti Tikoo Singh on August 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I wish this post was more specific about the people it is referring to. It is certainly not about all Kashmiri Muslims. The kind described here belongs to the separatist camp, some of them soft separatists, some hardcore and some in between.

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  22. Posted by Khalid Hussain on August 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Look i am not gonna enter into any such debate where both sides are hell bent in proving other wrong. Where everybody had set some standards blindly and nobody is ready to retreat a bit. The more such debates happen, this problem gets bigger, the more you curse each other the animosty grows.

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  23. Posted by Rohit Bhat on August 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Khalid Hussain if you have any thing to refute his claim..please go ahead..right now your comments are pretty much falling in the category of personal attack

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  24. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Tajamul Elahie, I will not go back into history but the doctor who was attacked in Pampore a few days ago was a Kashmiri and so were the two policemen who were killed in that incident. As regards rapes and molestation by ‘guest’ and ‘local’ militants, I will not discuss them here and defame my Kashmiri sisters and daughters. Place your hand on your heart honestly and you will know. If you insist, I will give you specific instances in private.

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  25. Posted by Khalid Hussain on August 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Kaul Ravinder dear i agree with your views, but if u really wanna be messiah, then you should move forward, You have only picked up the problem at the leaves.To understand this weird behavior you need to spent time in kashmir not in houseboat but in the villages, U need to mingle up. U cant sit in Delhi and believe on news channel debates.

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  26. Posted by Khalid Hussain on August 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Whoever you are. Real enemies are people like you, You would go to any extent to pick negatives and spread them all over nation. You portay kashmiris as the biggest enemies among indian community. This kashmir problem is a cancer that too 50 years old. Your facebook comments, Animosty, hate wont cure it. Unless some trust will build up. Unless botblunders. I wish the better sense prevail on both sides. God bless people like you and this nation.

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  27. Posted by Tajamul Elahie on August 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    kaul ravinder, where did milltants did same incident like kunan posh pora, where did they killed people while protesting against them, where did they harassed women and womens were beaten up by them,did u find any1 complaining from 1996 to 2013, ok suppose there were few incidents done by milltants also but their record better then your army

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  28. Posted by Khalid Hussain on August 15, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Better u do research and use your energy on some other issue. Their are hell lot of problems our country faces. I agree with your strange behaviour pattern completely but have and successive govts tried to talk at grass roots levels.

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  29. Posted by Sunil Sharma on August 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Very well written

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  30. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Khalid Hussain, if you have seen my earlier posts, you will know that I am not a KP extremist and I have some of my best friends who are KMs. If there is one word that I have written here that is untrue please feel free to point that out.

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  31. Posted by Sanjay Raina on August 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Sahey hai Khalid, inn pandit’on ka kuch naheen ho sakta. Bhikharey saale, huh!

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  32. Posted by Khalid Hussain on August 15, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Why the Hell u are hell bent in spitting venom againist kashmir community. Arent u tired of begging in the name of forceful migration. How long you are gonna fool indian society. Time will come you hypocrates will be exposed. It is people like who are not letting tempers cool down from both sides.

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  33. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 15, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I want to add here “They would go to any lengths to denounce and protest (and rightly so) against any atrocities (killings rapes and harassment) committed by army but never speak a word about similar crimes committed by ‘guest’ or local militants”.

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  34. Posted by Shuban Khushu on August 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    well researched document.every bit of it is true.

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  35. Posted by kaul Ravinder on August 15, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Shantiveer Ji please comment or post the link to your article here.

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  36. Posted by Sanjay Raina on August 15, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I remember Shantiveer Kaul Sahab had written an article about this subject and shared some insightful research conducted on similar subjects elsewhere in the world.

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  37. Posted by Sudhir Saraf on August 15, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Kaul Ravinder, Sir aapka post padkar bahut achaa lagaa. Aapnay bilkul sahi baat ki nabaz pakad ley hai, Kaash har ek Kashmiri Musalmaan aur Kashmiri Pandit aapka yeh post pad ley. Kashmriyuon ki asli problem yehi hai ki unhay pichlay 65 years say yeh nahi pata hai ki Kya saahi hai aur Kya galat hai ? Hats Off to you

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  38. Posted by Ashish Seli on August 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    He now discusses foreign policy on cricket channels during matches

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  39. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on August 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I think my comment on Rashmi Talwar’s article about Parvez Rasool’s inclusion in Indian team can be debated in this forum:
    Rashmi, you have touched a very sensitive issue here. Apparently, it is an innocuous matter of a Kashmiri cricketer joining the Indian squad but the roots of this problem are deeper and expose the irrationality of thought process of a Kashmiri mind. They would any day applaud the performance of an Imran Khan, a Javaid Miandad or a Shoaib Akhtar but never an Azharuddin, an Irfan Patahn or a Syed Kirmani. You can find the posters of all the earlier three in the homes of Kashmiris but none of the latter three. So it has nothing to do with religion. They (and we too) have enjoyed the benefits of rice @ 50 paise a kg sent by India for decades without any qualms of conscience but kept their hostility against India alive. Millions of Kashmiris are almost entirely dependent on Indian tourists and Indian buyers for their livelihood but this does not affect their loyalty towards Pakistan. In the villages, people still form long queues outside medical camps organised by the army and benefit from the free medicines prescribed and dispensed by army doctors but they still hate the Indian army. The well to do have homes in the posh localities of all Indian cities, businesses in almost all the five star hotels and best shopping malls of the country but their hatred for India remains intact. The younger generation is getting educated in the best educational institutions in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune but they keep their tirade against India alive through social networking sites from those cities. They watch all the Pakistani news channels and see for themselves the pathetic condition of that failed state, Shia-Sunni clashes, killings by terrorists, political instability day in and day out but their heart still beats for Pakistan. Kashmiris have enjoyed the highest positions in the Indian state-Union Cabinet, bureaucracy and judiciary but I have a hunch that even while occupying those high positions, they would be secretly hoping for the Pakistani cricket team to defeat the Indian cricket team. I have tried for years but have failed to find any logic in this Kashmiri infatuation with Pakistan. I think it is just like falling in love which, most of the times, defies any logic. If the psychology department of an American university were to take up an extensive research project to study the strange behavioral pattern of people in this part of the world, they could come up with a new hypothesis to explain this unique phenomenon.Maybe we could have a new term in psychology ‘Kashmir Syndrome’ like we currently have ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ etc.

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