One sunny Morning I Decided to travel & then in a couple of hours
I was standing on the roadside looking-up for someone who can give me a ride until the next city.
I had the Sign-board along with me
One truck stopped by
I Jumped in and the jibber-jabber begins
[For the Story let’s assume One was Sam & Other one was John]
First sequence was:
I asked them the Questions & They answered it
They started telling their life stories & I got to know that Sam’s Uncle was a Kashmiri Militant who is dead now.
Well, anyone who heard the word Militant
Must have gotten Goose-Bumps
It was the truth
A couple of hours ago I was sitting at home with an idea of traveling & now I’m traveling with someone who’s Uncle was a Kashmiri Militant.
Sam is living in Chandigarh with his wife but he’s natively from Kashmir
As he Told me about his Uncle
I asked him “WHY PEOPLE IN KASHMIR CHOOSE TO BE A MILITANT”??
I asked “WHY ARE YOU SMILING”?
[This isn’t a fun Question]
He said our house is like 20 KMs from the Border
Imagine in the middle of a night someone comes-in with a gun and says they want stay for a night or soo
& If we deny they’ll kill us
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Well, there is only 1 option I must have at this situation and that’s what anyone would certainly do
Further he told me that they were scared from people on both sides of Border
to which I asked But You’re Living in India
WHY YOU HAVE TO BE SCARED OF YOUR OWN PEOPLE?
“to which he relied”
Imagine I’m coming to your house & Threatening you to death with a gun in my hand If you tell anyone
[WHICH HAPPENS USUALLY OVER THERE]
If we don’t tell the ARMY
Imagine what our situation would be
They Start Doubting you for everything even when you’re not involved in most of the things
[Before I Speak again]
He said my question is this
I’m Indian….I Live In India, my house is 20 KMs away from the Border & almost 50% of Indian Army is based In Jammu & Kashmir
Then how could these terrorists from across the border be able to enter that far in our country?
Seriously I was not able to reply him back.
Then I asked but Your Uncle was a Militant?
To which he said “SO WHAT”??
I said “Isn’t it a serious thing”??
to which he asked me
Have faced any Police cases yet? Or have you entered a court room yet?
I said “NO”
He said Just because of other people who are “Terrorist”, “Militants” or we don’t even know who they are what they do.
We have to face un-necessary circumstances and they keep Indulging us in all these Issues again & again.
We lose our work due to this
We lose track of our life
We can’t feed our family
Tell me, with all these things going on and all that frustration in mind what would a normal person gonna do?
I didn’t have any Answer
He kept telling more, & said
We say “Good Night” daily to the firing sound that we hear nearby & wish that we’ll wake up again tomorrow
Me: I have never been in such situation ever in my life
I was doing some research & reading articles most of them show that now even Educated Young Guys are becoming Militants in Kashmir
So, Basically I didn’t have any Answers
But I’m my Defence I asked him a Question Again.
Recommended: I Cheated & Passed My 12th Board Exam
BUT WHY YOUNG KASHMIRI GUYS BECOME STONE PELTER?
He said look at me I’m not a Stone-Pelter and neither I’m that much educated & I’m from Kashmir
I’m driving this truck since last 12 Years from Chandigarh To Bengaluru to feed my family and I’m out of Kashmir
Apart from Tourism in Kashmir, there are not many opportunities to work there and that’s why almost every Kashmiri Guy Who wants to do something has to Leave Kashmir.
Those Stone-Pelter some of them are intrigued by Local Politicians & Some are in the group because they don’t have much to do
If some employment options are given to those individuals I can Guarantee you that you won’t see much of them standing there & doing that thing at all.
Me: I was not Convinced from his answers but I guess there was some truth in it at-least
That’s what I felt.
When I asked him about his Family.
He said he has a Daughter & she loves him alot
Although he’s mostly away from her due to the work
& Also he Wants his daughter to join “Air Force” serve the country when she will be Young
[I ALMOST GOT EMOTIONAL AT THIS POINT]
Suddenly I heard the Truck Break Sound
We Stopped at a Roadside “Dhabba” for a Cup of Tea
He didn’t let me Pay for that
& I asked him that Most people say that Truck Drivers are Killers …not good at all & don’t ever travel with them..What do you think??
To which he Replied
Well, That you decide because right now you’re traveling in a Truck haha
When I think back now & see the conversation we had at that time
I see it as an the Most meaningful talk that I have ever had in my life
Well I left that Truck almost after 3 Hours but look I’m still there as I’m writing about it
This is what I call Meaningful Talk
& this is not only what we talked about we had a chat about our friends, family, and our past life.
Although during my time in the truck he told me & showed one of the biggest sources of corruption in the country happens
Which was regional “RTO” Border Check-Post
& I did some research & found it that a few states are closing it’s “RTO” Border Check Posts to Curb Corruption as per “THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS”
Although I experienced it more than 4-5 Times in my life
So, I’m planning to write an Article about it soon
Not Because of that truck experience I’m writing this article but it’s me/myself who thinks that every area of the country & every person of the country should be treated equally.
I’m not making a statement here or trying to criticize any official or policymakers but I’m just sharing my own experience.
The New India was built on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi which says speak truth & fight peacefully with everything or anything.
I’m doing the same here by being a voice for that guy.
I hope you guys have enough courage to share this article with your family & friends