Chandrayan -3- landing on the moon, mainstreaming moment for Kashmir

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | August 24, 2023 IST

Chandrayan-3 celebrations

Arun Joshi

 Perhaps it was a bigger moment than   G 20 meet on tourism in Srinagar in May this year, on  Wednesday – August  23 , 2023,  hundreds of tourists and Kashmiris watched in awe the soft landing of Chandarayan-3 in the southern polar region of moon and erupted in joyous celebrations at historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar . This was a moment  of which the spirit for Kashmir connected  it to the country in the unprecedented achievement in space – India became the first country ever to ever reach southern polar region of lunar space.

The G 20 meet on tourism- May 22-24  was a carefully organized event, in which the guests were escorted to their hotels, venue of the meet and for sight-seeing and shopping. That was a Government-sponsored event, which sought to invoke the spirit of Kashmir and the normalcy gained moment to underline the gains made following abrogation of Article 370 in  August 2019.

The Wednesday evening moment was free of the security cover at Lal Chowk . The live streaming of the landing of Chandarayan -3 was n  an exalted moment for Kashmir, viewed it through its own perspective. Theis was moment  that beckoned them to converge their aspirations with the scientific achievement of the country. In  realistic terms, this was an awe-inspiring moment. As it was also realization and recognition of the fact that the country of which they were part had become first in many respects and held the promise of fulfilling their dreams

And they also watched tourists dancing and erupting in celebrations at Lal Chowk the moment the Chandarayan -3 made a soft landing at lunar surface. They shared the moment with vicarious pride. They cheered the moment, as  triumph of science  at moon, and this just happened to be Indian excellence , which the world will envy for ages.

This was a significant change in the situation and mood of the people in Kashmir , as they realized that the peaceful atmosphere had made it possible to watch such historic moments in the heart of city . They, and their children, were part of the generations, which watched it  happening . This , for certain , is going to become part of their school curriculum  and  at a larger scale , part of the home schooling , for this is something that no one can afford to ignore. The moon  always held a special place in the oriental thinking . It is ingrained in the psyche and folk lore . Kashmiris  know that this achievement of India  is a defining moment for the country.

Both at macro and micro level, the soft-landing of Chandarayan -3 on the moon  has ignited  dreams. It has given wings to the dreams of the aspiring sections of Kashmiri society , and they have come to recognize the fact that the moon is accessible from  within India . For them, this has placed India in  the orbit of  the dream-fulfilling world , where every dream can be fulfilled. This has made a huge difference , and they have aligned with the country more than  it could be anticipated . It is  yet another giant step in mainstreaming them.

Here  an unavoidable reference has crossed their mind that Pakistan  that prided itself as Islamic republic and sought to lure them towards its radical ideology, and dragged them into  terrorism , is gasping itself . Pakistan , which had tried to project itself as genuine and ideal nation to the Kashmiri Muslims, is now in a disarray, where seeking aid and loans from the foreign countries is considered as achievement. The Pakistani population is struggling to make two ends meet. This situation of Pakistan has not  escaped  Kashmir’s world view. Now, they seemed to be realizing that being at the core of the Indian nationhood makes them partners in the scientific excellence. Moon is accessible, so are other dreams.

(Arun Joshi is author of “Eyewitness Kashmir; Teetering on Nuclear War and senior journalist based in Jammu and Kashmir, writes on South Asian affairs)

Disclaimer: This is the personal opinion of the author. The views expressed in this write-up have nothing to do with www.prameyanews.com.

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