FEARLESS KRISHNA MISRIShe is Krishna Misri ( Zadoo ).She was barely 14 when she got herself enrolled as a Volunteer in the Women’s wing of National Militia set up by supporters of National Conference to fight Invading Tribal Raiders during 1947. This resistance group was also known as Women’s Self Defence Corps (WSDC) .
The slogan coined during those turbulent days was ….
“Hamlaavar Khabardaar Hum Kashmiri Hain Tayaar “
(“ Beware you aggressor , We kashmiris are prepared to fight back“)
For the first time kashmiri girls drawn from Hindu and Muslim households bore the arms and were trained in firing Guns to drive away Tribal raiders .krishna Ji was one such brave and fearless girl.The girls were trained to fire 303 guns , Stenguns and Pistols at Chandmaari and Later at Badaami Bagh.
.Krishna Ji’s brother, Pushkar Zadoo too enrolled himself in Men’s Militia and achieved Martyrdom along with Maqbool Sherwani , Master Abdul Aziz and Som Nath Beera .
At that crucial time , Maharaja suddenly left Srinagar and there was practically no administration. It was reported that the advancing Tribal raiders were approaching Srinagar city via two routes ; one Bandipora -safapora road and the other Pattan- Baramulla road . The city had already plunged into total darkness with Raiders destroying Mohra Power house. The climate was getting colder day after day and winter was fast approaching.Fear and panic prevailed all over . Under this background , Volunteers from Men and women Militia marched through the street of Srinagar city along with guns , building confidence of the population terrified from reports about advancing Tribal Raiders . They Guarded Bridges , Roads and Vital Installations in the city and its outskirts .
These Volunteers also did enormous Social work in camps set up for the hapless refugees who Poured into Srinagar city to save their lives and honour . The raiders had almost destroyed entire Baramulla Town .Stories of rapes , Brutalities , Death and destruction in and around Baramulla town in particular were heard from all corners . These volunteers collected cash donations, Rations and Warm clothes for the refugees. Begum Sheikh Mohd Abdullah supervised all the social activities and relief work of Women’s Self Defence Corps .
Miss Mehmooda Ahmed Ali Shah ( sister of Dr Naseer Noted Physician of kashmir ) , Zainab Begum ( sister of Late G M Sadiq Ex. Chief Minister J&K ) were also associated with WSDC Militia . Freda Bedi ( Mother of Indian actor Kabir Bedi ) was also associated with WSDC Militia .
It worthwhile to make special mention of an illiterate but determined Girl from a Milk seller’s family of downtown Srinagar Named Zoon ( Zoona Gujri ) who too took to streets and led the march past of WSDC militia .A Contingent of Women volunteers Militia was led by Zainab Begum .
And Poet Agha Shahid Ali ( son of Agha Ashraf Ali ) has dedicated a beautiful English poem to Krishna ji . The Poem appears at Page 184 in Agha Shahid Ali's poetic collection " THE VEILED SUITE " ...
Krishna ji retired as Principal Govt college for women Srinagar and presently lives in Delhi..I conclude this post with a couplet of Allama Iqbal.....
Vohii jahaan hai teraa jis ko tu karay paidaa,
Ye sang o khisht nahin jo teri nigaah mein hai....
( Autar Mota )
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