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- “Kashmir issue is not to be handled by kids, it will be resolved politically”
- “Hartal, Curfew, Jihad etc words are carcinogenic for the roots of Kashmir”
JAMMU: Suggesting Kashmir youth to study well, have best education and stay away from drugs, Dr Heena Bhat advised the Kashmir youth that Kashmir issue is not to be handled by kids, it will be resolved politically. She said that the Hartal, Curfew, Jihad etc words are carcinogenic for the roots of Kashmir adding that ‘Hum Kya Chahtey Azadi’ is the deadliest line for Kashmir which has given us ‘graveyards.
While talking to Ajmer Alam Wani, Editor-in-Chief of JK Monitor (www.jkmonitor.org), Dr Heena Bhat, a strong woman who contested last assembly election as a BJP candidate from Kashmir, is not only pained by seeing Kashmir burning but also has an ambition to bring change in Kashmir believes that talking about things with what today's youth is not even concerned, is ruining future of Kashmir.
According to Dr. Heena, Kashmir has not right leadership which is resulting in loosing hundreds of loved ones every year and blamed the present leadership in Kashmir of misguiding and using embedded sentiment of Kashmiri for their own personal interests.
Dr Heena boldly says that shutdowns are not going to help Kashmir issue and asked what have we gained since decades of hartal protests, except loosing loved ones, Economy loss, depression, drug abuse, mental harassment of youth. Dr Heena wants her son and other kids to breathe in peaceful air and grow happily.
Stuck cause of unwanted social bonding, woman in Kashmir can bring change in the whole scenario, provided they are given wings to fly and support from family for doing best in every field, Dr Heena believe.
Here are few questions which JK Monitor asked Dr Heena and here is what she replied, we tried to present her views in original form without any unnecessary editing so her real message and emotions can reach in pure form to the readers.
Q: Being a doctor by profession, what compelled you to divert your career to be a politician, and what were the circumstances that played a role and influenced your decision?
Ans: I believe doctors serve people so does politics, but doctors are respected and politicians rarely respected. I was always interested in this field as my father late Mohammad Shafi Bhat, my mentor, my inspiration, my idol. I would always watch him doing best for people during peak militancy since 1990. I wanted to step into his shoe, his work, his idea of serving people, and my fathers’ health played major role.
Q: There were many political parties like National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress and others but what were factors that motivated you to join BJP?
Ans: National Conference (NC) leadership (Farooq Abdullah) changed in Kashmir, with rest of them I was not comfortable and PM influenced me to join BJP. His vision of development, Atal Ji’s peace process movement for India Pakistan. I sstrongly believe Kashmir issue will be somehow resolved during Modi Ji’s tenure. I thought things in Kashmir will change with change. My ideas match a lot with PM’s vision regarding Kashmir.
Q: What basic differences you see in the policies of BJP, NC, PDP Congress with regard to Kashmir?
Ans: There is huge difference in all parties in Kashmir. National parties’ vision is broader while rregional parties have only talked about history and are making history out of Kashmir every year.
Q: The Kashmir sees bloodbath and violence almost all the time, what according to you are real reasons that are making the Kashmir society to go for routine shutdowns and suffer each time?
Ans: Hartal, curfew, jihad etc words are carcinogenic for the roots of Kashmir. Talking about history, talking about things with what today's youth is not even concerned, is ruining future of Kashmir. Loosing hundreds of loved ones every year, reason is that they don’t have right leadership. Present leadership in Kashmir are misguiding them and have been using embedded sentiment of Kashmiri for their own personal interests. Shutdowns are not going to help Kashmir issue. What have we gained since decades of hartal protests, except loosing loved ones, Economy loss, depression, drug abuse, mental harassment of youth.
Q: What according to you, Kashmir issue or Kashmir problem is exactly, historically and presently?
Ans: Kashmir is a political issue .it is a topic globally only discussed; political parties take advantage of every issue for their interests. Who is talking about resolving the issue? Youth has to be guided for right path of education, success, normal life, which every Kashmiri deserves. We ourselves need to change the mindset, if we want our children, next generations to survive a normal peaceful life. Historically whatever has happened has happened, why we should suffer presently for past.
Q: Do you think the peace will rule the Kashmir and violence will disappear completely, what measures you suggest for it and who are the real stakeholders who can contribute in maintaining peace in Valley?
Ans: Why can't we think of bright future of Kashmir? If it hurts the sentiment of anyone that Kashmir is integral part of India let's speak India is integral part and is with Kashmir. Every Kashmiri belonging to any party, cast, creed, is stake holder undoubtedly. Politicians in Kashmir who have sold their souls to agencies are the ones who don’t want peace in Kashmir. Everybody is making money over dead bodies of Kashmiri and they are not outsiders.
Q: Being a Kashmiri woman, how you see the plight of women in Kashmir, is there need of any change in their thinking, perception, and living style or everything is up to mark?
Ans: Employment schemes for all sectors have to be introduced and upgraded. ‘Hum Kya Chahtey Azadi’ is the most deadly line for Kashmir which has given us‘graveyards ,’Zindagi Se Hi Azadi Dila Rahen Hain’. We need to change slogan. We all Kashmiris can bring this change. In all these decades women have suffered as mother loosing son, sister lost brother, wife lost husband, daughter lost father, half widows. Women been tortured by both. Women have suffered the most.
Q: How women of Kashmir can contribute in bringing everlasting peace in Kashmir valley?
Ans: I believe woman is strong and can bring change in the whole scenario. And I see lots of women are coming up. They are homemakers they can make their country as well. We need good education system for women. Shukar Alhamdulillah Kashmir is still safe regarding women as compare to other states. They should be given wings to fly, support from family for doing best in every field. Lots of girls, women want to bring the change but are stuck, because of unwanted social bonding.
Q: What message you would like to give to youngsters of Kashmir, especially girls and women?
Ans: My message is study well; Kashmir issue is not to be handled by kids. It will be resolved politically. Have best education, stay away from drugs, don want to see ‘Udta’ Kashmir.
Q: Tell us about yourself as person, a human being and what are your future plans for Kashmir Valley in particular?
Ans: As a person I am very strong woman, I will be in politics for rest of my life. Will bring change in Kashmir. Can't see Kashmir burning. I want my son and other kids to breath in peaceful air and grow happily.
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- Women always have to remember to have their self respect intact, no matter what. If they start throwing themselves to wolves they won’t be spared for anything. You never have to be food to their desires but to be desirable to their thoughts to create the persona you want to be on screen.
JAMMU: The hardship and pain of Kashmir women has no comparison, they deserve salute. Glamour world is nothing, they have bigger and better platform of world with a small internet connection in their hands. They are stars by birth. These were not just words but a real emotional outburst of actress/model/writer/director, Aartii Naagpal, during an interview with Ajmer Alam Wani, Editor-in-Chief of JK Monitor (www.jkmonitor.org).
Born in the family of actor/writer /director /producer /silent film maker & freedom fighter Shri. Vitthaldas Panchotia, actress by birth Aartii Naagpal felt sorry over the happenings in Kashmir and expressed her solidarity with those women who are acting positively for growth.
In her message to the Kashmir women, Aartii said, “I have seen many you-tube videos of few women acting positively for their growth. I will say keep it up to them who are working for positive empowerment of Kashmiri women. They will see the light one day. My prayers are with them”
As the youngsters these days are turning up towards glamour world with an aim to earn name, fame and wealth, here comes an advice from one among the senior actresses Aartii Naagpal who have seen many ups and downs in life and have established herself in the entertainment industry.
Aartii Naagpal, made it clear for the youngsters that there are no compromises in case of your prized possession that is your self respect. If you don’t wish to give in to the situation there is nothing and nobody can bend you down to their needs. Choice of action is very important in life always.
She told JK Monitor that in glamour world, exploitation of morals exists, whether its new comers finding short cuts to reach their desires or the makers using the desperation of new comers it depends totally on the decisions each one has taken.
Aartii, advised that women always have to remember to have their self respect intact, no matter what. If they start throwing themselves to wolves they won’t be spared for anything. You never have to be food to their desires but to be desirable to their thoughts to create the persona you want to be on screen.
Being in the industry for so many years she noticed one thing thoroughly is no matter how much manipulation one does to get first chance in their life the only thing which will make them sustain is their talent, pure talent and nothing else. There are many one film star boys and girls forgotten and gone forever.
Here are few related questions asked by JK Monitor and directly replied by Aartii Naagpal.
Q: Being the firm believer of the fact "Be the change you want to see” what you suggest, how the status of women in India can be brought at par with that of men?
Ans: First of all I am glad that my thought has inspired you to ask me about my own belief. There is so much happening outside (away from our souls) that we have forgotten we have the power within. Any movement or action which has ever begin its always have been from that one powerful believer who initiated the change first within himself. Then to the world we have many examples one of them is Mahatma Gandhi Ji. I do what I believe in, I focus, I work & I activate all my action first from within myself then expect anybody else to follow me.
Q: As you are a writer by inheritance, what inspired you to go for writing and what was focal point of your first write-up?
Ans: Some people breakdown when they go through bad relationship. I learnt a lot out of ugliest marriage I have gone through. My first short film written by me ‘DAILY RAPE’ was an episode from my own life. I am my own inspiration. I choose to pick positivity out of shit thrown at me. My pain is my food for growth.
Q: Being in the entertainment world for a long time, what you observed and experienced, what are the basics that help new comers to be successful in the entertainment world and sustain for longer?
Ans: After so many years I have noticed one thing thoroughly is no matter how much manipulation one does to get first chance in their life the only thing which will make them sustain is their talent, pure talent and nothing else. There are many one film star boys and girls forgotten and gone forever. ‘One step at a time ‘ that should be the mantra. Messed up people & actions don’t lead path of bright sunshine.
Q: Do you agree that exploitation of new comers in the entertainment exists, and one has to compromise to keep going in the glamorous entertainment industry world?
Ans: Yes exploitation of morals exists. Now whether its new comers finding short cuts to reach their desires or the makers using the desperation of new comers it depends totally on the decisions each one has taken. There are no compromises in case of your prized possession that is your self respect. If you don’t wish to give inn to the situation there is nothing & nobody can bend you down to their needs. Choice of action is very important in life always.
Q: There have been occasional reports of compromise and exploitation of women artists in the entertainment world especially with those who are new to this industry, what is the reality behind it and who are those people who become easily victims?
Ans: I think I answered your question in previous one already .one can twist & turn same thought in 100 ways answers will be same. Women always have to remember to have their self respect intact, no matter what. If they start throwing themselves to wolves they won’t be spared for anything. You never have to be food to their desires but to be desirable to their thoughts to create the persona you want to be on screen.
Q: What lines would you like to draw for the new comers so they can not fall prey to those few who always look for opportunities to exploit of force the new comers for compromise?
Ans: New comers have to know first of all they are new comers & not stars. They suffer coz they assume the moment they enter industry is sitting with red carpet to shower flowers on them. Every star which has shined has gone through the pain of sharpening the rough ends finishing was given to them by their makers. Patience plays powerful role in this. Finish your homework then jump for exams, there will be less chances of becoming prey to any odds. Now a days, internet is the biggest platform for nay new comer to prove themselves.
Q: What is your mission of life and what contributions would you like to offer for the welfare of women in particular and society in general?
Ans: I am still young enough to have mission but yes I desire to empower women in many ways. Any girl child should learn self defense compulsory. Their strength is their ability to believe in themselves and act upon their dreams later. I want all mothers to know their rights of being wife, knowing all the logistic of life, whether it’s their banking or earning money or saving for their own old age. Relationships have lost their vitality, being alert all the time with their documents and their monetary system is as important as taking care of their whole family. Being completely powerful in all dimensions is essential for all the women. I would like to work in this direction.
Q: Tell us about yourself as a person, what exactly you are as a person, as a human being?
Ans: I am simple soul, working towards my salvation. I am trying to finish my karma, I try not to hurt anybody possibly with my will, if incase I do unknowingly I would like to say sorry here. I am done with human life and its all the relativity once I had hurt my mom in childhood then I lost her, since then I wish to move towards to meet her. I wish to slowly immerse in the sand where god lives. I have been luckiest child of god because he has always loved me more then I could to him. The simple reason is I am still alive with all the amenities I require without taking much effort. I am thankful for all I am today to him. I am an actress by birth as born in film background family but I would like to be woman with heart post my death.
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JAMMU: Sh. O P Sharma was awarded by Delhi Public School, Ranipur, Dehradun (U K) during the inaugural ceremony of 10th All India Contemporary Art Exhibition at Dehradun. The exhibition was inaugurated by Sh. I J S Sandhu, General Manager (Commercial & CDX), BHEL, Dehradun. Sh. O P Sharma is among ten artists awarded by DPS in this exhibition. The other artists include Archana Rani, Meerut, Archana Thareja, Panipat, Chitra Singh, Greater Noida, Nikunj Bihari Das, Balasore, Pooja Panwar, Haridwar, Pratima Singh, Kaushambi, Rajeev Semwal, New Delhi, Sadaram, Rohtak and Vinod Ranjan, Raanchi.
Sh. O P Sharma has already been awarded by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1995), Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar (2005, 2009 and 2016) and by Camlin (1995). He has held Solo Shows at College of Art, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujrat, 1994; Gujrat State Lalit Kala Gallery, Ahmedabad (1994); Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar, 2009; Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi (2000); Abhinav Art Gallery, Jammu (2005); Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur (2006) and MKB (PG) College, Dehradun (2007) and participated in nineteen Group Shows in different parts of the country. He has curated International, All India and state level art exhibitions in the country. Presently he is working as Director, J&K Centre for Creative Arts, Jammu.
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