I don’t know why Zaira Wasim is being asked to apologize for meeting with Mehbooba Mufti. For the uninitiated, she is the CM of Kashmir. But the very fact that a young girl is being asked to apologize for meeting with the CM of a state is in itself distasteful. If it would have been say, Arvind Kejriwal, the most jocular CMs of all, would she then have been asked to apologize? Or is being the CM of Kashmir, having to manage a state which is almost always in strife not a big enough or worthy enough job? And, why on earth is it wrong? And, then we ask ourselves whether India has become intolerant and even vehemently defend our stands. What are we coming to?
This 16 year old hails from Kashmir. Why then is it wrong for her to have an audience with the CM of her own state. She talks about relevant matters such as education of girl child in the valley and women safety; is mature for her years and now wields a certain amount of influence on virtue of being famous. How many 16- year olds can claim that they even think beyond themselves? Why then is there a dangal over her meeting? Why not let her be a role model to the girls all over India? Why not give value to her words and the person she has met? Because the person has power. She is the presiding CM and can bring forward a change. Just because it’s Kashmir does it make it right to troll or bully the person?
Or is this a new online era where people can stay anonymous and bully others into submission to some misguided or well-guided belief they hold?
Kashmir is a state in India and is as much relevant to the daily proceedings of the country as are other states. The women there need as much safety as do women in Delhi and Bangalore. If we can debate about safety issues of women in these states then why not Kashmir? What makes them different? Or rather what makes Mehbooba Mufti as a CM different from the CMs of other states?
The trollers who hide behind the shroud of anonymity can’t for their lives answer these questions. Or rather they will never come forward to face such questions. They may thrive on being able to make a 16-year old apologize for her actions but to such people, I say: You are the weak ones. You are the ones who should apologize. You are not strong. You are not powerful. Haters come and go and stew in their own hatred and we don’t need people like you.