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India Must surrender sovereignty back to Kashmir
October 1, 2008, 12:22 pm
Filed under: India, SubContinent
India Must surrender sovereignty back to Kashmir

 

DR.ABDUL RUFF Colachal
World cannot be fooled by “innocent” India any more on Kashmir issue, as the concerned and unconcerned agencies are now fully attuned with the latest struggle of Kashmiris for self-determination, freedom, independence from an arrogant India that occupies it illegally since 1947.

India wrongly thinks that the Kashmir problem would disappear either by killing all Kashmiris in a sustained manner or by ignoring it. Addressing the deep Kashmiri public sentiment with open mind is a challenge and gun could not be the State’s medium of expression in the current scenario or any time in future.

India State Fraud and Terrorism

Strangely enough, Indian leaders who kill Muslims in militarized Kashmir under Indian occupation, while insulting and torturing them in India are given audience by leaders of USA and other Western powers who are supposedly fighting “terrorism” and care for rule of law and democracy. If an individual or a gang steals things, that would be a crime and if a murder is committed by an individual or a gang, again, that would be a crime punishable. The criminals are produced before the courts and they are punished. But if a country does the same, stealing and killing of people, inside or nearby or in neighboring nations, that, it seems, would not be a crime and, hence, not punishable. When a state indulges in crimes it considers it as its prerogative and takes pride in state sponsored crimes and other forms of atrocities.

Kashmiris are revolting against Indian occupation, oppression and genocides. Kashmiris stand betrayed by their own leaders first by Hindu ones, now their own Muslims. Betrayal Muslims by the governments, parties, media lords and by their own Muslim leaders who use Muslims for the vote bank politics and other conservative Hindu causes in polls is compounded by the official “cleansing” of Muslim dominated areas in Jammu Kashmir. India has tried over and against to add more Hindus to Kashmir. Resolution of Kashmir sovereignty issue could be achieved by sympathetically considering the merit of Kashmiri demand for freedom form occupying India.

Like its “strategic partner USA does, the terrorist move of conservative India has got just one point agenda: Insult, insult and kill the Muslims around, particularly in Kashmir and silence them totally. Indian system employs skillfully the rampant corruption to keep the people busy with silly things while Indian governments go on rampage of the Muslims and their interests. Indian Muslims are brainwashed to the extend that they think and behave like Hindus, most of them even consider themselves as Muslims and feel grateful that they are allowed to be Muslims. At national and regional levels, Muslims are divided along Hindu political party lines; From Delhi to Tamil Nadu the same rule is applied. In Tamil Nadu, for instances, Most of the Muslims are either in DMK or AIDMK, both have cleverly used the Muslims against the “terrorism” background and did nothing for their advancements. On the contrary, they are tortured in jails to tell the central government that they are with “India “. Funnily, even these Muslims work land even live for these parties and they keep politics above their religion and the genuine interests of Muslims. It is not just a case of TN Muslims and politics, but the very national scene. To come to the point, India wanted just one-Muslim mindset which is 100% purely pro-Hindu mindset for all non-Muslims as well and applied the same logic to Kashmiri Muslims also, but, as it is clearly witnessed in Kashmir national pursing, miserably failed.

India opposes peaceful movement

May be Kashmir has been made a “disputed territory” merely for the legality purposes under UN protection, but in fact it is a territory, stolen by force by its hegemonic neighbor India, annexed in 1947 and subsequently heavily militarized by Indian military establishment by siphoning off huge national resources that could have been better used for the betterment of common people, especially the downtrodden and beggar classes. The frauds, killers and destroyers in Kashmir cannot go scot-free, please!

As a colonial practice, India considers Kashmiris the salves of New Delhi and few wealthy Kashmiris are groomed for occasional benefits from New Delhi. Amarnath Yatra of Indian Hindus, discovered by UK, led to Muzaffarabad march by Kashmir Muslims driven to walls by Jammu Hindus who unleashed economic and food terrorism for Srinagar Kashmiris. Since state terrorism and genocide remains the hall mark of Indian policy in Kashmir, the Kashmiri march towards Muzaffarabad in protest against Indian economic atrocities against Kashmir Muslims resulted in the loss of several more lives for freedom struggling Kashmiris, but their resolve to attain independence from occupying India got further strengthened because of the nefarious and threatening methods of tricky hegemonic India. But, also, the Indian move to “clinch” the illegal Amarnarth land deal at any cost from Kashmiris by using all possible techniques, genocide inclusive, has been totally thwarted by Kashmiris. India is now sure people of Kashmir are struggling for their independent rights and the uprising and mass movement for freedom is spontaneous.

And, unfortunately, as usual, more Kashmiris blood has been flown under the bridge since the historic Muzaffarabad March. Indian strategists could feel sadistically satisfied with the deaths of Muslims there and claim a seat at US high table on that account. Recent developments in Kashmir following the failed illegal Amarnath land swindling issue have overturned the oft Indian smart claims and their nefarious mindset. India stands overtly exposed now at international level. It always said Kashmiris are terrorists and they really don’t want freedom but only want to create problems for the “innocent” Indians and others.

But now India is unable to tolerate peaceful demonstrations by Kashmiris in Kashmir. India provokes Kashmiris to take to violence and strengthen Indian tall mischief. Jammu Muslims of Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch and other areas are being threatened and intimidated for participating in peaceful protests. They should continue to support the resistance movement here. Original struggle started from 1931 and is not just the creation of 1990. First it was against the oppression of cruel Dogra rulers and then against the Indian rule. The struggle will continue till Kashmir’s freedom.

Notorious draconian AFSPA has been invoked to fight the freedom struggling Kashmiris and this law reconciles with the changed scenario when people were holding peaceful demonstrations and their leaders stressing virtues of peaceful conduct. This law in fact has now brutalized the entire scenario in the areas where it is applicable as can be assessed from recent events in which security forces used force only selectively.

Hindu Democracy means Terrorism in Kashmir?

Hindu-dominated conservative India has ill-conceived notions about what its neighbors should and should not do to essentially appease New Delhi. Because, India thinks it is “great power” with “connections” with many “great” countries, inducing USA. This conservative India has conservative ideas about international prestige. Arrogant India thinks, quite falsely, that showcase of military strength alone could earn seat at “high tables” internationally. Indian first premier Nehru foresaw this, quickly annexed Kashmir and militarized it. His followers just went on killing the innocent defenseless Kashmiris. But Indian media shamelessly brand the Victims of Indian terror in Kashmir as “terrorists” and the killer India as the “innocent sufferer”. It is unfortunate that powers like Russia, UK and France also joined the terrorist countries like Israel in supplying weapons to India to kill the Kashmiris to whom India should have surrendered their sovereignty long back.

Not only the freedom leaders but even the people of Kashmir have, during recent mass protests, in most profound terms denounced any form of violence despite severest provocations. It is unfortunate that issues like opening of Muzaffarabad road to trade which was piloted by two Prime Ministers belonging to the two opposite poles should have taken half a million people to demonstrate and scores to sacrifice lives to get back on agenda. That too after prolonged talks for hundreds of times at various levels!

India is still wandering about stopping arrogance and suppression of peaceful movements. They have warned New Delhi against its quick fix solutions of “fire-fighting” nature in Kashmir and gun cannot be State’s medium of expression. Like the freedom leaders, some of the pro-India leaders also warned against suppression of Kashmir struggle for freedom. Patron of PDP, former chief minister and central Home-minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sept 18 cautioned New Delhi not to suppress aspiration of Kashmiris and respond to public sentiment by taking concrete measures for resolution of Kashmir dispute. He wrote a letter to the Indian PM Manmohan on March 5 2007 and pointed out “it is very important that J&K’s relations with rest of the country should not be symbolized at the local level by the soldier and his gun alone.” The pre-condition most of the times laid by Government of India for working towards the resolution of the Kashmir problem was cessation of violence in the area. Urging New Delhi to revive and push forward the Kashmir resolution process with political courage and sincerity of purpose, he said, “It is time we respond to the public sentiment and take concrete political measures for the resolution of the problem instead of resorting to strong-arm tactics to suppress their aspirations.”

There is absolutely no reason in not talking to the people of Kashmir and listening to their grievances which were being given expression through non-violent protests. PDP chief said his party had constantly been reminding of dangers in slowing down the process of Kashmir resolution.

However, unfortunately for Kashmiris, like other pro-Indian leaders who look to New Delhi for suggestions on solution of Kashmir, Mufti has not clearly stated, as before, the need for sovereignty to define the destiny of Kashmiris. When these pro-India leaders speak they have in mind the New Delhi bosses. That is unpardonable.

Indian weapons arsenals & State Terrorism

India has deployed advanced weaponry to showcase the efficacy of latest weaponry to its neighbors. But the world has better equipment and nuclear and conventional arms toilets. It needs no elaboration that the deployment of fighter jets in Kashmir could be disastrous not only the defenseless Kashmiris and for subcontinent’s peace. Recent show of Indian military might in Kashmir and Indian flirting with Israeli strategists in Jammu are notorious acts. India is capitalizing the fact defenseless Kashmiris don’t possess any modern equipment to deal with insensitive India.

It needs no elaboration that the deployment of fighter jets in Kashmir could be disastrous not only the defenseless Kashmiris and for subcontinent’s peace. Recent show of Indian military might in Kashmir and Indian flirting with Israeli strategists in Jammu are notorious acts.

Kashmir freedom leaders have condemned the Indian terror move in strongest possible ways. Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Geelani correctly stated that India has lost all hopes of keeping Kashmiris under its brutal control any more. Kashmiris are now matured enough not only see thought Indian divisive games, but also seek immediate withdrawal of forces and return of sovereignty back to Kashmiris.

Inaugurating the 15th century Aali Masjid at Eidgah after its renovation, Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Sep 17 (Ramadan 17) that the deployment of six Sukhoi 30 multi roll aircraft in Kashmir is a matter of concern for the entire region. Mirwaiz said any wrong step by any of the two nuclear powers in the region will be disastrous for the entire subcontinent. (A prominent historical and architectural landmark of Srinagar, Aali Masjid, which many people say used to be haunted was constructed by Sultan Hassan Shah, a 15th century Kashmiri ruler. The day is remembered for Jung Badr (First successful battle of Muslims in Madina against the pagan of Mecca) and death anniversary of Maulana Muhammad Yousuf Shah who was forced to migrate to Pakistan administered Kashmir after 1947. The Masjid served as a major platform for the freedom struggle during the oppressive Dogra rule in early 20th century). Mirwaiz cautioned New Delhi that the relentless use of force by troopers here will prove counter productive and nobody will succumb to these pressure tactics. “India is using force here since decades and trying to impose its sinister design but to no effect. Congratulating Pakistan government for constituting a Kashmir Committee headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Mirwaiz said: “ Pakistan being a main party to this issue, we hope they will continue efforts to solve Kashmir dispute.”

Some of the pro-India leaders do warn about state terrorism in Kashmir. Former JK chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Sept 18 cautioned New Delhi not to suppress aspiration of Kashmiris and respond to public sentiment by taking concrete measures for resolution of Kashmir dispute. Warning New Delhi against its quick fix solutions of “fire-fighting” nature in Kashmir and gun cannot be State’s medium of expression. He wrote a letter to the Indian PM Manmohan on March 5 2007, in which he had pointed out “it is very important that JK’s relations with rest of the country should not be symbolized at the local level by the soldier and his gun alone.” PDP chief said his party had constantly been reminding of dangers in slowing down the process of Kashmir resolution.

Kashmir News from UN Headquarters

True, marking a clear departure from the history of hatred and hostility in the region, the peace process initiated in 2003, yielded momentous dividends in the shape of the ceasefire along the borders, opening up of cross-LoC routes for passenger traffic and visits by the representatives of the civil society, media professionals, businessmen and ordinary citizens to and from the two sides of Kashmir. The lack of follow-up and misplaced priorities after 2005, unfortunately, pushed not only the confidence building measures under the carpet but also put the peace process on the back-burner. And the result is there for everybody to see. India adopts a “wait and see’ approach after every peace talk coercing the Kashmiris to fall in Indian line.

UN Secretary General has already warned India against terror methods in Kashmir. OIC Kashmir Contact Group met at the United Nations headquarters New York on September 24, 2008. The meeting was chaired by Secretary General, Professor Ekmeleldin Ihsanoglu, who reiterated full support and solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and remarked, “After the new developments in Jammu and Kashmir reiterate the continued support of the organization to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination. I condemned the use of force against the Kashmiri people and I called the Indian government to take immediate steps to end violence against innocent Kashmiris.” Turkish foreign minister, Ali Babajan pleaded for lasting settlement of the Kashmir problem and he hoped that India – Pakistan engagement will need fruitfully to a just and lasting solution in accordance with international legitimacy. Pakistani foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi reiterated the solemn commitment of the promise of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He invoked the international community to redeem their support to the unfulfilled promise of self-determination and help in addressing the long festering issue because the benefits of the solution will be gigantic not only for India and Pakistan but for the region as well. The government in Pakistan, opposition and all other parties are united in their stand regarding Kashmir issue.

An Observation

Indian terror forces are waging a bloody war in Kashmir, exposing a clash between identities, imagination, and history as it is a conflict over Jammu Kashmir territory, resources and peoples. Kashmir valley, predominantly of Muslims, has been beset with violence as Indian terror security forces confront huge rallies by Kashmiris calling for independence from India. Since conservative India is ill-focused on Kashmir and, therefore, never expressed sympathies with the families of all those who lost their near and dear ones during the recent protests in Kashmir. After the a relative gun silence form Indian terror forces and after the discovery of secret grave-yards, the illegal Amarnath land deal by Indian Hindu leaders in Kashmir forest, have added over 40 more deaths to the Kashmiri martyrs tally. Kashmir’s newly buried men and women are maybe a mere addition to cold statistic of the dead in the Kashmir valley, but for the majority of its 6.7 million people, they are the new ‘martyrs’.

Kashmiris are becoming impatient with Indian criminal silence on the one side and Indian terror genocides in Kashmir on the other. It is time that bold, strong and, of course, measured initiatives are taken to strengthen the Kashmir people’s faith in the process of dialogue and peaceful resolution. A renewed and resolute political effort has to be made to reach out to the people of Kashmir. Democracy should not be confined only to killing innocent Kashmiris, illegal land deals, holding of elections in the State, the civil society and the institutions of democracy must get a free play. Freedom leaders need to be respected and their cause properly understood.

No doubt, India has huge weapons toilets, including nuclear that makes it feel proud of, but WMD are a serious risk. As it is known, India suffers from serious complexes, more of superiority than other wise, it thinks the arms toilets it posses would let have the Kashmiris under its feet. They are terribly mistaken, as the popular uprising showed. Kashmiris have the right protest against Indian move to nuclearize Kashmir region by placing and operating nuclear enabled jets in Kashmir and ask India not to use Kashmir as a buffer zone for its military misadventures against its neighbors like Pakistan and China. Kashmiris have the right to seek the the intervention of UN and UNSC in Kashmir forthwith.

The Government of India must move fast on the public demand for reduction of troops and revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the State to assuage the hurt public sentiment, besides speeding up cross-LoC confidence building process.

New Delhi must know the repressive tactics have failed in the past and it is going to face the same fate in future as well. And it is high time India changed its terrorist and coercive tactics. Kashmiris will definitely intensify their struggle for freedom while, the Pakistanis, with whom Kashmiris have historically and culturally bound ties, would make efforts to solve Kashmir issue according to the aspirations of Kashmiris and keep an eye on combined sacrifices as well.

India suffers from too many complexes and it is under self-imposed pressure not to concede sovereignty back to Kashmir. The new governor NN Vohra is better placed, though a strategists himself, to take the initiative to talk to the freedom leaders. There is absolutely no reason in not talking to the people of Kashmir and listening to their grievances which were being given expression through non-violent protests. The pre-condition most of the times laid by Government of India for working towards the resolution of the Kashmir problem was cessation of violence in the area. On behalf of the Government of India, its representative in JK, Vohra must engage in a constructive, comprehensive, purposeful and productive dialogue process, not only with Pakistan, but with the people of Jammu and Kashmir as well, to resolve the issue. The stabilization of political situation in Pakistan has offered another window of opportunity for the revival of the peace process and resolution of Kashmir.

It is widely anticipated expected that India would now by all means try to find an escape route and surrender sovereignty to Kashmiris. If, however, India goes ahead with further militarization and nuclearization of Kashmir, UN and UNSC should also strengthen freedom fighting Kashmir as well with latest high precision weapons arsenals to stop India state terrorism. USA should make India resolve the Kashmir sovereignty issue settled once for all in favor of freedom Kashmiris.

However, hopefully, Kashmiris shall win their sovereignty very soon!

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DR.ABDUL RUFF Colachal
Researcher in International Affairs,
South Asia
E Mail : abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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