on losing innocence

It was 1988 when i was 7 years old… I didnt know anything about Hindu Muslim India Pakistan .. All i knew was that i had a friend Shauqat with whom i used a play cricket.. It was an India Pak match which india lost one evening … Next day, i went with my brother to buy a loaf of bread , the shopkeeper in jawahar nagar said something which i can never forget … He said with a beaming smile , “See you indians lost.. ” .. I could not understand what he meant because i was told we are all indians …
That was just one incident which underlines the real emotions of Kashmiri Muslims .. They have never thought of themselves as Indians .. And all this agitation is just an excuse to re kindle the tired and lost flame …

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