Mumbai. Arjun Mumbaiwaala, aged 28, and not exactly sure of what he is working upon (ergo, an activist) was seen demolishing his own bungalow in a high end part of the city. Excited upon hearing the news, we landed up at his residence. Arjun greeted us and then continued with his demolishing job. Stopping him at his work, we asked him the reason. He said, “My brothers and sisters in Kashmir valley are struggling. They are running short of stones to pelt. They have to face the pellets and bullets of Indian army everyday. How can I be relaxing myself here, like your nationalist Bhakts, when my Kashmir is burning?”
Giving two blows with his hammer onto a wall, Arjun wiped his sweat and said, “It is very difficult to work like this. You know what, I had been an activist ever since my graduation. So, working hard was not much of my style. But, I have to do something for my revolutionary brothers. I cannot just sit and enjoy my French toast or my Swedish cheese in my luxurious bungalow when my soulmates are losing their eyes in Kashmir. When I thought of what best I can give to them, my eyes fell on the walls of my home. I decided to demolish my home and send the stones from rubbles to my Kashmiri fighters. I hope that stones from my home provides resistance to the Indian army”.
When asked why he is alone in this process, he continued, “My parents are off to my sister’s home in US. Also, I want to put myself into this struggle so that my Kashmiri brothers can pelt these stones in peace. Hence, doing this all on my own”.
When asked whether he had ever visited Kashmir, he said, “Not to Kashmir. But I have visited Ajmir (Ajmer). I guess Kashmir must be somewhere near Ajmir. Sounds same right.. Kashmir-Ajmir. I do not know why they were pelting stones, but Barkha madam, Rajdeep sir and respectable true news channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN are saying that army is violent and Kashmiris pelting stones are good and peaceful guys. I trust them completely and also respect them. It was their words that made me do this”.