Deeply sad is the Valley
Somebody has constricted its throat with a finger
It breathes, but cannot breathe
Gulzar talks about the valleys of Kashmir where currently, violence and unrest is an everyday scenario. The once joyful valleys are now filled with sorrow. There’s an eerie silence that’s filled up the entire valley- as if someone has placed a finger on somebody’s neck.
The trees grow as if thinking
That the first to raise his head will be beheaded
WORD- Darakht- Trees
Gulzar uses nature as a tool to express his thoughts on the situation in the Kashmir valley. He attributes human characteristics to the trees to describe the valley’s condition. The trees here could possibly symbolize a new born baby. The babies born in these valleys will be exposed to violence and heartbreak early on in their lives.
Lowering its neck, the clouds arrive ashamed
Because the bloodstains refuse to be washed away
Despite the rains, the damage doesn’t disappear. No amount of water can clean the bloodshed that’s present within these valleys. The impact of the violence will last for a very long time and will not be easy to forget at all.
It seems rich green but the grass isn’t green now
Bullets rained down on these lands which are deserted
Those migratory birds that used to come here
Scared of these wounded winds, they returned back
In line 4, Gulzar talks about the millions of birds that migrate from different parts of the world to Kashmir every winter. Even these birds can sense the unrest in the valley and chose to stay away from the mountainous region. The wounded winds represent the unpredictable and chaotic nature of life.
Deeply sad is this Valley
This Valley is Kashmir
As of September 2016, civil unrest continues to persist in the valley. At least 85 people have been killed and close to 11,500 wounded in the worst conflict in the valley since 2010.