One remains cognizant of the fact that 'freedom of expression' is a casualty in a conflict zone. If we genuinely believe that we are emerging out of that horrid phase, then writers and artists must take the lead in navigating society out of the quagmire that it has endured.
Self-destructive altruism is the result, irrespective of whether one abides or rebels.
I received the following comment from Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani in response:
(Note: He similarly used to write a weekly opinion piece for the English daily 'Rising Kishmir' in Srinagar)
Dear Tanveer Ahmed
Salaam. Your article published in Rising Kashmir today is exceptionally very important and lead contribution on the subject. It should enhance the constituency of understanding. It is for the first time that a writer based in the area has decided to be on the side of his People. I congratulate you.
Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani
Secretary General of JKCHR – Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights
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