The administration in Kashmir has a long history of delivering propaganda to further the designs of the regime. In the PM Bakshi era, they invited and welcomed foreign dignitaries and soviet ministers to create a veneer of normalcy. When two Soviet leaders ( Marshal Bulganin and Kruschew) visited Kashmir in 1956 autumn to attend the state-sponsored cultural festival, it came as a decent opportunity for Dina Nath Nadim’s career who had composed Bomber Ta Yembarzal in 1952. With the state patronage, Nadim capitalized on the opportunity and drama of Opera was an immense achievement. The play was earlier staged in Nedous hotel in 1953.
The celebration’s fundamental theme succeeded with regards to eclipsing the genuine political aspirations of the people of Cashmir and make a bogus impact on the dignitaries. Alongside “Giltore’, the publicity of Bomber ta Yemberzal was fruitful to such an extent that it was even translated into Russian. Nadim proceeded to compose another “Nikk ta Badi” which was later staged at Government Women’s College in Srinagar. Coordinated by Germany’s envoy to India, Michael Steiner, Zubin Mehta’s show in Kashmir on Sept 7, 2013, was a decades-old practice to standardize the status-quo of Kashmir by making a bogus picture.
To register the protest, the resistance amalgam had called for a strike, the shops were shuttered, and markets were closed in addition to the Indian forces disallowing the local Kashmiris to even taking the road that led to the concert. The local artists had organized a counter-event to highlight the sufferings of the Kashmiri people. The German organizers of the event were misled into believing that they’ll be performing for the local population, but instead Zubin played in front of military officers, diplomats, ministers, and those part of the administration, none of them a local Kashmiri.
Furthermore, Nikolaus Bachler, the general manager of the 80-strong Bavarian State Orchestra, complained that the artists were kept in the dark.
“We were misled by the German embassy. We will raise this issue with the German government that art can’t be exploited by anyone, be it governments or by embassies or any political groups. The musicians, all the 80, waived the fees for Kashmiri people and not for an elite event. We didn’t waive the fees for an embassy concert. Be sure this will be an issue in Germany.”Extract from Reuters
Despite the justification for the event by Zubin Mehta, the whole façade had fallen flat on its face, and the shamelessness had put the German embassy in an awkward position. On the day Zubin was brandishing his sticks on the banks of Dal lake, four Kashmiris were shot.