Ralph Emerson wrote in his classic poem …
Not gold, but only man can make
A people great and strong;
Men who, for truth and honor’s sake,
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly–
They build a nation’s pillar’s deep
And lift them to the sky.
And the prime example character of this poem is none other than Syed Ali Geelani. He was the man who stood tall for his nation’s freedom fight. He was a brave man who remained firm in his beliefs. He suffered for the liberty and honor of his people. A true hero who didn’t let the torch of liberty fall down. Syed Ali Geelani was a real voice of Kashmiri brethren. His struggle for freedom of Kashmir can’t be expressed in words. Friends betrayed him many times and enemy kept him in prison for long, but he didn’t bow down to the oppressing Indian regime. He was the most patriotic Pakistani who has ever lived. But people of Pakistan are largely unaware of their loss. Geelani stood for the cause of Pakistan. But Pakistan left him alone.
Despite all the hardships, Syed Ali Geelani didn’t give up. He is a metaphor for struggle and fight. And he will be the torch bearer of Kashmiri freedom movement. He is alive in the prayers and thoughts of people of Kashmir. It is men like Syed Ali Geelani who build a nation. I am sure that when finally Kashmiris are able to win their freedom, they will pay tribute to Syed Ali Geelani for showing and leading them towards the path of freedom.