We want– Freedom!
We’ll snatch away– Freedom!
It’s our right– Freedom!

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Separatist rally, Srinagar / Feb 1991

No relief! Freedom!
No roads! Freedom!
No SRO! Freedom!
What do we want? Freedom!
Say it aloud! Freedom!
Say it together! Freedom!
Shout it out! Freedom!
We’ll have it! Freedom!

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Protest rally, Trehgam / Jul 2005

STF hear us! Freedom!
BSF hear us! Freedom!
RR hear us! Freedom!
No matter what! Freedom!
Beat us down! Freedom!
Shoot us down! Freedom!
Burn it down! Freedom!
Burn our homes! Freedom!
We’ll still have it! Freedom!
For sure we’ll have it! Freedom!

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Funeral procession, Srinagar / Oct 1992

Here she comes– Freedom!
Beloved one– Freedom!
That flowered one– Freedom!
That scented one– Freedom!
We’ll take it– Freedom!

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37 Responses to “slogans on the street”


  1. 1 J February 19, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Witnessing a pro-independence rally in 1990, an immense sea of people, I saw people tearing of their clothes in ecstacy. It was not rage against any recent killings by the Indian army that had brought them out; but the pure joy of being able to express a desire for freedom, made possible by this collective action. Women sang the azadi slogans to a rhythm. They brought back memories of martyrs of freedonm struggle by singing songs that spoke of loss and meloncholy at the same time as courage and heroism. Songs from different parts of the rally spilled into each other. There was no direction to go; it had not been decided. For many hours, braving the icy winds of early January, people just stuck to their places. No stones were hurled, till police got impatient and started teargassing. Women, old men, children seperated; young men went ahead and hurled stones and chased police. More police came, and chased back people. This went on for quite some time, till shots were fired, and three people lay dead.
    This went on, day after day, till Jagmohan imposed a three month long curfew to starve Kashmiris. And when curfew was lifted in the first week of March, even those who had missed it the last time came out on streets.
    I think it was much more than just slogans… It has kept Kashmir’s struggle for freedom going.

  2. 2 Ali Imran February 26, 2007 at 6:21 am

    Amid confusion and betrayal, slogans are articulation of commitment. Many may find these slogans absurd, but for us in Kashmir, these signify the unflinching and un-articulated support for the Right to Self-determination. Yearning for azaadi…

  3. 3 Simi March 2, 2007 at 10:54 am

    “Slogans are ariculation of commitment” – Commitment for what- killing of innocent Kashmiri Pandits. I clearly remember even though I was very young – night of 19th January 1990. I remember each & every detail, what I had eaten, which movie was playing etc etc, as the bad memories of this day, & the day coming, is etched deep inside my mind. This day these slogans (really absurd) started playing around each & every mosque openly threatning Pandits. Forcing pandits to come with them to join there protests. Whole night we were sitting on our 3rd floor windows, frieghtened to core.
    You forget to write one slogan, which was very common those days – “Aese gashi Kashir, Batnani seeth te Batten Bhagar” – “We want azadi with Pandit females & without Pandit males”
    Can u please explain what does this slogan signify, at least not “unflinching and un-articulated support for the Right to Self-determination”

    • 4 M August 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm

      Such type of slogans were never ever used….i think u must have been dreaming that time..no body forced u guys to leave kashmir..u left coz of ur own selfish needs…and just accept the reality…

    • 6 Suhail February 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm

      Dear Simi,
      It is very unrealistic to say that kashmiris were chanting slogans which says “We want freedom with Pandit females and without Pandit males.” You can come to the conclusion by just hearing the rumours. We people have seen the other side of the world by dealing with indian Army and so called Democracy of India. I am sure the time will come soon when the entire world will accept the reality that Kashmiri’s are taken as Human Shields and which in turn will force the Indian’s to leave our soil….Inshaallah.

  4. 7 Rohit March 2, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Imram there are many sighs and poems written in colors of pain. You will run out of reading capability and you heart will get overwhelmed if you read them. All of them go unsung cause civilized ones unlike like you don’t post them to blogs , in order to gain sympathy. They fight the odds and emerge winners. Days are not far away when truth will prevail and Radical views will perish . I wish you last to see it .

    People who left valley gained some significant less lost trivial much. But they will retun back home triumphant.

  5. 8 Sam March 6, 2007 at 10:33 am

    well , i just came throught this page and found something that was related to me as being a Kashmiri .I want to commet on Simi and Razdan’s story . I dont think Miss simi is totally aware of things she might be remembering the film or chitrahar that was played at that time but she doesn’t know the root cause why Pandits went .This is a story ,the Governor of that time Gajmohan ordered that Pandit to be taken to a safe place for which Indian Army even gave there planes , so that in the cat and mouse game only muslims will be on the line of fire .Plus even Pandits were promised a place to live and money, cash which they still get but not as much as was promised .I hope miss simi will be aware of Indranagar which is full of Pandits , who killed them there ,who took there womens ………no will will dare to do that because we are ordered to give respect women by our religion , the one who goes against is on line of fire by Almighty.It is all what u dreamed of but alas ur dream came black.
    Now Mr Razdan Do u know what Nizam E Mustafa means , i hope not leemme , it mean one-ness of God i.e Worship no one other that Almighty ” so do u do that about which i am sorry to say i have found no one from Pandits who do that , u worship so many which goes against ur Bagwat Gita , so this is what we want to teach not u but every human being who is off the track.

  6. 9 Simi March 6, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Dear Mr Sam,

    Whatever you wrote has no meaning. Just telling hundred times that Jagmohan was responsible for exodus of pandits, will not change the history. Neither did Jagmohan come to our house to threaten us (which was reason why we left) nor did we get any help from anybody in moving out. We were harrassed mentally by people around us which forced us to leave. My parents who were in Govt job, never wanted to leave, but when it came to open threat from the people you trust you have no choice.

    I wrote what I saw / felt. And another thing u have no right in critizing any religion. We pray 1 god or 1 lakh god it is none of your buisness. Religion is a way of life, there can be numerous paths to reach there to the ultimate, it is for one to decide which path to take. Keep religion out of discussions. First you teach yourself what is right & what is wrong & then think of teaching others

    • 10 M August 17, 2009 at 4:58 pm

      o cmon..just try to accept the reality….nobody forced Pandits to leave..u left kashmir for ur own selfish needs..u got jobs…even money from indian govt..so dont even think of blaming kashmiris for that…nobody forced u ..it was all politically done at that time..u urself chose to leave kashmit at that time…

  7. 11 Altaf Qadri March 6, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Miss/Mr. Simi, for arguments sake we accept whatever u said was right. Plz tell us what do u want now? Let us hope Sanjay will also make a film on his community and then I can assure u no Kashmiri muslim will have any problem in that… Dont u guys worry about that. We have a pretty big heart. Do u have anythin else to say? plz go ahead.

    • 12 M August 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

      i totally agree with u Altaf bhai..nobody forced them to leave…it was all politically done that time…they left for their own selfist intrests..they could have stayed bk if they really wanted to.but they will never accept it..so there is no need to tell them abt the reality ..they already know the truth..but they wont dare to accept it..

  8. 13 Sajid March 6, 2007 at 11:23 am

    I can say that there are black sheeps in every community…. You can’t blame the whole kashmir it. I can also pin point many instances where kashmiri pandits supressed innocent kashmiri people. There is no purpose in doing this.. We have to come to the comon terms. My appeal to pandits is that remove hatred from their hearts.
    Lets fight togther against our enemies.

    Regards

  9. 14 Sam March 7, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Miss Simi , i think u quote me wrong , i didnt ment to hurt any one by critising any ones religion ,no one is that much bigger to critise religion be it any, what i wrote was answer to Mr Razdan statement which wanted to know something which i know .I am sorry if someone was hurt , i have gt my local pandit friends to whom i say the same ,because this is what there religion says which i also believe in.
    As far as ur statement is concerned u r saying that u went because of threat , mam it has been 17 years we have been sailing in the same boat u only got threat , but we as kashmiri’s are getting bullets form Indian Army ,u only got threat we as kashmiri’s are being murdered every day and left untraced, u just only got threat and u left.
    Now about jagmohan , do u think he would have visited any one and asked them to left , situations are being made and created in politics,then local innocent peoples are used as pawns .This is what happend to local Pnadits the one who left , other who stayed are living as other local kashmiri’s do i.e in the shadow of threat then be it a muslim or a pandit.

  10. 15 Nusrat March 9, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    What sort of animals have we become, that we negate with such ease and glee, the pain and suffering visited upon the miniscule minority of [indegenous] kashmiris living amongs us.
    Have we no shame?
    Where is the Kashmiri Muslim Sanjay Kak?
    Where is the Kashmiri Muslim Arundhati Roy?

    Afer all, an entire race has been removed from Kashmir, and none of us had lifted a finger to rectify this reprehensible deed.
    And, we claim to be Muslims. The followers of the last Prophet [PBUH] Mohammed.
    Imagine if he were around these days, would he allowed the Kashmiri Pandits to be taken away in the dead of night, like criminals form their own homes?
    If it was Jagmohan [as assertion, I and many other Kashmiri Muslims sharply contest], why didn’t we stop him?
    Hey, if we can turm out en masse against the mighty Indian Govt, in protest to their murderous regime, we surely can muster a thousand or so people to protest the ethnic cleansing of a people, whose only fault was to be born a Hindu.
    How can we forget that they are a part of us. Without the Pandits, we are incomplete. The sooner we recognise this the better.

  11. 16 Nusrat March 9, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    My sincere apologies for the grammatical errors.

  12. 17 J March 9, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    No one, if you read all the responses on this blog even cursorily, has “negate(d) with such ease and glee, the pain and suffering” Pandits had to got through. Your offhand comment is totally groundless; you may sincerely apologise for this reason, instead of for your grammatical errors, which I understand.

    Kashmir is not “only” about Pandits. It is about all Kashmiris, who have been suffering over last many years. Yes, you are right; Kashmiris have become ‘animals’: they have been treated worse than animals. They are slaughtered, raped, hummiliated, beaten and locked up; they are living at the whims and the caprices of the Indian military. Denied democracy all along, denied the right to live with dignity, and the freedom of expression and so many other rights, Kashmiris are considered well-nigh like animals by India.

    You use ‘indigenous’ strangely to describe Pandits; I feel you think Muslims are not indigenous. Although, this indigenou8s business is quite a stupid way to describe a people, would you please explain what you meant?

    Prophet is not going to come here. You are using religious rhetoric to push through your hideous agenda: That it was Kashmiri Mulsims who forced Pandits out. The fact is that if anyone has benefitted from Pandit exodus, it is India: It uses Pandits constantly to divert the political issue toward one where Kashmir issue can only be discussed in the context of Pandit exodus. Governor Jagmohan, an extreme right-wing Hindu, used iron hand to crush the Kashmiri rebellion. He communalised the Kashmiri struggle. So did some of the rogue elements within the movement.

    Kashmiri Mulsims should have persuaded Pandits to stay, and in individual capacities and as groups they did; but Jagmohan was adamant to get Pandits out as quickly as possible, and that is what he did, the day (20th January) he got martial powers over all aspects of Kashmiri life. Otherwise if Pandits had to leave, they could have left when Farooq Abdullah govt was still in power. Why did they wait till Jagmohan became the governor? How could he not protect Pandits with almost half-a-million Indian army at his command.

    85000 people have died in Kashmiris (mostly Muslims),systematically eliminated as a nation. You shed not a single tear for them.

    Do you think being Kashmiri Muslim is an abuse? Is that why, when you abuse Sanjay and Arundhati, you call them Kashmiri Muslims?

  13. 18 Arun March 15, 2007 at 4:05 am

    Mr Altaf and mr Sam:
    I dont want to argue with anybody but want to send a message ” Please open ur eyes, religous frantacism have made people blind”.. we have nothing to do with religion..
    we are human beings first then we r nationalist then comes religion..”

    nobody can justify the fight or victory which is achieved by killing minors, raping women , distorting religous places..
    i feel u r not aware of wandhame massacre a 2 year child was shot with nine bullets.. does anybody justify it saying it is jashan… that too for azadi..

    Cmon it is high time grow up.. learn something from our Freedom figters Bhagat singh , Gandhiji..

    Make ur fight pious first…

    Do think it over.. I don’t really want to hurt anybody…

  14. 19 Altaf Qadri March 15, 2007 at 7:34 am

    Mr. Arun I really appreciate ur comments and if you might have seen the earlier postings then you’ll come to know who pushed anti-religious comments into this blog, we (KMs)always tried to have a serious and healthy discussion but there were many (KPs) who started using abusive language. As u rightly said nobody can justify killing of innocent children, or raping of women etc. I know all and have witnessed everything dear. But how good it wud have been if u wud had mentioned any other massacre in which countless muslims were killed? Let truth prevail…

  15. 20 Apoplexy April 26, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Can someone please send me a recording of the slogan chant..the whole sequence? I wil be much indebted.

  16. 21 J January 12, 2008 at 1:07 am

    I read the initial reaction of the blogger to the film and to this whole kashmir issue but he did not supply his solution to it. I have similar opinions as he does in terms of treatment of kashmiris by indian gov. and army but I can’t think of how to solve such a complicated issue.

    Could the blogger please let us know of his opinion of how to solve this very complicated kashmir issue?

  17. 22 Rajesh Bhat September 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    To All Muslims

    Living 20 years like refugees in our own country is very pain full. Forced to leave Kashmir with out any reason .KPs using abusive language becoze it is high time now for all Kashmir pandit specially youth generation to refresh their mind what happened with us in earlier 1990’s also educate our new generation about the same.

    Pl. go back to history and try to find your originality, we pray thousands of GODS because it is our religious. It is better then to pray infront of empty walls.

    “PANUN KASHMIR LAY KAR RAHINGA

    • 23 Suhail February 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      Mr Rajesh,
      It’s such a shame for you being a kashmiri to use vulgar & foul language. You have no rights to criticize our religion or how we pray or whom we pray. We know what Islam is capable of, you people dont accept the ground reality. You don’t deserve to be a kashmiri becoz you bark like Indian dogs.

  18. 24 ZH October 26, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    To Rajesh Bhat & all his KP friends,
    You guys should stop complaining about the pains suffered by you after migration to different parts of India. You were thinking that Indians will take you as their loved ones and give you all the comforts.
    But alas that proved otherwise. The treatment that you received is pittable and your belief that India (The nation you worked as agents to suppress and eliminate Kashmiri muslims & their freedom cause) loves you like its own citizens turned to be just a nightmare.
    Kashmiris whom you abuse and blame of throwing you out still take care of those pandits who are still living in Kashmir. Participating even arranging their marriages and providing all the help when any pandit dies etc and what not.
    Looking at this attitude of yours I can assure you that your dream of coming back here will never come true. Although we are loving people (particularly towards pandits) but pls dont ever think that we can welcome you back if you keep abusing our community and religion.

  19. 25 Naima Rizvi January 10, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Inshallah………Kashmir bane ka Pakistan

  20. 27 imran March 6, 2010 at 5:04 am

    u dont know what dose mean freedom?

  21. 28 Akanksha April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Very good statement by naima razi

  22. 29 Musheer May 20, 2010 at 6:17 am

    we do not want any type of politician or democracy in our kashmir we want AAZADI……………………………………..jis kashmir ko hum ne khoon se sincha wo kashmir hamara hai…………………………………………..

  23. 30 Yasir July 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Ye bazi khoon ki bazi hai, ye bazi bhi tum haro ge…

    Har ghar se mujahid nikle ga, tum kitne mujahid maro ge….

  24. 31 Yasir July 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Mujay dal diya zindaan mai aey hakim zindan tum ne,

    parwaz jo mere rok sakhe aise be koi dewar nahi….

    We want…FREEDOM

  25. 32 sahil August 16, 2010 at 10:54 am

    we do not want any type of politician or democracy in our kashmir we want AAZADI……………………………………..jis kashmir ko hum ne khoon se sincha wo kashmir hamara hai………………………………………….

  26. 33 kashmiri September 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    naima rizvi just 2 words 4u…U SUCK… does ur azaadi mean goin wid pakistan… i’m a kashmiri muslim and i’d die rather than goin wid pakistan…

  27. 34 kash September 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Freedom Means To leave the people to their country for their self Governance. Give them the right of Governance.
    No to make Violation On them and Occupied like Indian Occupied Forces In Indian Occupied Kashmir

  28. 35 Anonymous May 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    To all those Kashmiri Muslims, who think that what they did to Kashmiri Pandits was right, I want you to think the other way round and imagine your condition if you were made homeless how would you feel?

    Kashmiri Pandits are the original inhabitants of Kashmir, their history goes back to more than 5000 years and all of you are converts when Islamic rule came in the 14th century….. go back and find your forefathers…that is way some of you still bear the last names Bhat, Peer, Pandit…

  29. 36 Anonymous August 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Kashmiri muslims…..u snatch kashmir form hindus n now talk tht azad kashmir…muslims r cancer to this world…n this cancer @least needed to be ersd from india…Jai hind.


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