never was and will never be part of India - Intifada
THE STARK REALITY
Kashmir, as we know, is going through difficult times, and the going seems tough as speaking out the truth becomes real hard and at times impossible. In a real democracy, freedom of press and right to information allows running of normal day to day affairs smoothly to a reasonable extent. On the contrary, the unpleasant issues like human right violations, indiscriminate killings, house searches backed by draconian laws, adds humiliation and resultant psychological problems for the affected populace. For a fake democracy it can become an embarrassment, especially under the watchful eyes of the international community.
JUSTICE VITHAL MAHADEO TARKUNDE
February 19, 1990
V M Tarkunde, a prominant layer, civil rights activist, a humanist referred to as Father of Civil Liberties Movement, a dinguished Judge feeling pain of Kashmir said "A grant of plebiscite to the people of Kashmir Valley is the obvious solution. If, as a third alternative Kashmir becomes an Independent Democratic and Secular State, its territorial integrity should be guaranteed by India, Pakistan and the UN. That would end the hostility between India and Pakistan and Kashmir will acquire the Status of the Switzerland of Asia. A Humanist cannot wish for anything better".
JETHMALANI MUSHARAF FORMULA
An article published in The Hindu on August 18, 2014, India´s leading newspaper quoting renowned jurist Ram Jethmalani saying tha India lost a golden opportunity in not accepting the formula offered by General Musharraf of Pakistan. A week ahead of the India-Pakistan talks in Islamabad, the former National Democratic Alliance Kashmir interlocutor and eminent lawyer said the four point formula of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was the most applicable solution to resolve the Kashmir issue. India lost a golden opportunity in not accepting it and it was now to move forward on General Musharraf´s formula.
The jurist was speaking at the Peace Conference here, where senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah also spoke. The conference was organised by the Jammu-Kashmir Peace Foundation headed by BJP leader in Kashmir Fayaz Ahmad Bhat.
Mr. Jethmalani, who was expelled from the BJP last year, said: “Time has come when both countries should work on Gen. Musharraf´s formula.” He called it a difficult but possible job. The jurist welcomed the Foreign Secretary talks and lauded Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit. While Ms. Heptullah found problem with the invitation by the Pakistan High Commissioner to Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of the August 25 talks, Mr. Jethmalani saw no objection to it.
Mr. Jethmalani told reporters that the Kashmir Committee, an organisation headed by him which was not in the news over the years, was fully alive and working for the resolution of Kashmir issue. The committee was formed in 2002 during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee´s leadership to open channels of dialogue with Jammu and Kashmir´s separatist leadership. Senior lawyer Shanti Bhushan, BJP spokesman M.J.Akbar and Madhu Kishwar were the other members of the committee.
MUSHARRAF´S FOUR-POINT FORMULA
The above formula is rejected outright by Kashmir as it negates the basic principle of fundamental right accorded by various United Nations Resolutions. Kashmir after giving sacrifices of more that one hundred fifty thousand lives will only accept total independence from both India and Pakistan. The fact remains that Kashmir is under occupation and the only solution that will save the world of a catastrophe is to leave Kashmir alone like it was before
VISHAL BHARADWAJ SPEAKS
India´s Business Standard quoting filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj saying that "suffering of Kashmiri people is the biggest human tragedy of our time". Bharadwaj had to cut short shooting his film on Kashmir University campus following a protest by students. However he assured students that his film ´Haider´ would be a real depiction of the pain people have gone through for decades. Bharadwaj, reportedly, lamented the negative portrayal of Kashmir in Indian movies, saying he feels ashamed.
JOURNALIST MANISHA GANGAHAR
Manisha Gangahar, a writer, researcher journalist visits Kashmir and records narratives of a cross-section of populace allowing her to probe deep into the hearts and minds to gauge an average Kashmiris point of view. Manisha in her book Kashmir´s Narratives of conflict Identity lost in space and time´ minces no words depicting an expressed opinion, in view of the narratives, that India and Kashmir are two separate entities. While compiling as many original thoughts as possible, Manisha, perhaps inadvertently, ignores or misses out on the fact that population en masse without any inhibition extrovertly display longing for independence of their motherland and that is why the stone pelting teenager when asked why? He, in a retaliatory tone, retorted "pelting stones at Indian army gave him satisfaction, consolation and solace”
RAPE USED AS WEAPON
Dr Maiti, a professor of political science at Rurdwa University, West Bengal, reportedly explained, "Rape continues to be a major instrument of Indian oppression against the Kashmiri people while the victims are generally civilians. This concept stands fortified by a report of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) dated March 6, 2001, which mentions that women are raped in order to humiliate, frighten and intimidate the defenceless populace. While addressing a seminar at the UN in Geneva, entitled, "Defending the Democratic Processes", British parliamentarian, George Galloway, also confirmed that India is using rape as a weapon to continue occupation of Kashmir.
HISTORY OF WARS
Kashmir has been a flash point as three nuclear powers China, Pakistan and India fought four full scale wars. Another war, anybody can imagine, can be catastrophic. It is very unfortunate that more than one hundred fifty thousand people, old, young and children have been killed in just last twenty years and many more are killed in a routine manner on daily basis as the people who have unleashed this terror are able to hoodwink the world community and have managed to make the outside world believe that non-violence being the motto, everything is under control in Kashmir. This very rich paradise belonging to the very poor people has been divided as if it were a piece of cake and all the three powers got whatever they could lay their hands on. Two generations have been completely wiped out and rest of these innocent people are not even in a position to ask a simple question:
Arundathi Roy explains how India is fighting a war with its only people. And it's not only Muslims but tribal people as well. In Telangana it's tribal people, in Punjab it's sikhs in Goa it's Christians. In Nagaland, Mizourm, Hydrabad and Kashmir India is at war.
A philanthropist, an upright humanitarian activist Arundhati Roy understands the difference between right & wrong. Her impressions about Kashmir´s political situation is like Hitler being instrumental for India to get its freedom and Kashmir achieving the cherished goal with interference and help from PM Modi and his lieutenants doing the job comfortably. Ms Roy calls spade a spade expressing truth about the ground reality in Kashmir and a daredevil refusing to be cowed down by drill masters guided by fascism.
Avijit Ghosh of Times of India reports that author Arundhati Roy while on a tour of Kashmir said that people there have made themselves abundantly clear that Kashmiris need no one to represent them. Ms Roy concluded by saying "India needs azadi (independence)from Kashmir as much as Kashmir needs azadi from India".
In an interview with Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez discussing India´s military involvement in Kashmir, Arundhati Roy says "In the simplest possible terms, the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir began in 1947, at the time of India´s independence and the partition of India and Pakistan. And Kashmir, which used to be an independent kingdom, was more or less torn apart during partition, half occupied by Pakistan and the other half occupied by India. And it is a country with a, I mean, it´s a state with a predominantly Muslim population, but had a Hindu ruler, who was supposed to have acceded to India, though there was supposed to be a plebiscite after 1947, which never took place".
GENERAL SAM MANEKSHAW
V P Menon and Mehr Chand Mahajan, the players responsible for playing the drama of "signing ceremony" with no WITNESS and cooked up a story to convince a Christain General to become a credible evidence to such a story. A Christian army general was picked to help put a seal on the lies concocted by Menon and Mahajan but the Field Marshal exposed them by stating that he never witnessed any signing ceremony claimed by intriguers.
ADITYA SINHA, Editor-in-Chief, DNA
based in Mumbai writes
"The J&K relief commissioner, however, says there are 38,119 families comprising 1.42 lakh persons registered as migrants. Another 21,684 Pandit families are registered outside the state, most of them in Delhi; that´s another 80,000 persons. The government also says 219 Kashmiri Pandits were killed since 1989; an NGO, the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti puts the figure not much higher at 399. It is no argument to say these numbers do not give the real picture, because by the same token you would then have to accept the claim that the government´s figures on killed or missing Kashmiri Muslims is vastly underestimated. Needless to say, 399 killed does not equate to genocide, another term used loosely by conservatives when describing the Kashmiri Hindu plight.
Ethnic cleansing is when one ethnic or religious group uses violence or terror to drive out another; it is not synonymous with genocide. You could argue this fits in northern Lanka; it does not in Kashmir. Ethnic cleansing was never a policy of Kashmiri Muslims. In fact, the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference is officially in favour of the return and rehabilitation of Pandits.
It is hypocrisy to ignore the Tamils but harp on the Pandits.The latter are peripheral to the central issue of Kashmir: its political relationship with India. The Pandit refugee issue is more of a secondary one; it ought to be taken up later. At the moment, though, the Pandits´ exile is exploited to prevent the political discussion from happening. In holding the political problem hostage to an emotional yet secondary problem, many Indians undoubtedly do a great disservice to the Pandits in the ultimate analysis.
The fact remains that Kashmiri Pandits must return to their homes and live comfortably without any fear with their Muslim neighbors like they did in 1947 when whole of Indian sub-continent was burning and Dogra army assisted by drill Master of Jammu were on a rampage killing more than three hundred thousand Muslims in cold blood.
MIGHT IS RIGHT WORKS IN KASHMIR
If the international community remains a mute spectator to the war crimes in Kashmir, the people will lose trust in international law because of the strong developing perception that it applies only to the poor and weak and not to the strong and powerful? If you want global security, there are a lot of things to do, but the first thing is to have values or standards that are equal and fair.
A SRAIGHT FORWARD ISSUE
The simple and straight-forward issue is that Kashmir is occupied and converted into a concentration camp. Occupiers have to vacate along with their military machines lock, stock and barrel to allow Kashmir a peaceful living. A lot of blood has been spilled and the populace has been kept busy filling graveyards with their near and dear ones; huge sacrifices which is unprecedented. The majority of world community who cherish freedom and human rights must open their eyes to impress upon India particularly to heed the cries of innocent people of Kashmir faced with sophisticated military hardware to browbeat, harass, coerce and intimidate to subjugate them against their will. A sincere Indian initiative can also lead to Pakistan's withdrawal as well as people of both the countries charged up will not feel any sense of defeatism. A just solution to the satisfaction of main stake holders, Kashmir, can bring peace to the sub-continent and will usher in a new era of much needed economic and political stability.
SHASTRIS DEATH A FOULPLAY, A MURDER
Late Lal Bahadur Shastri´s family have made several appeals to the governments in India to conduct an inquiry into the death of their father in Tashkant in suspicious circumstances. The sons Sunil and Anil Shastri both in politics have impressed upon government of India that even their mother always believed that he was killed. Anil Shastri, as reported in Hindustan Times, said his entire family on the invitation of Soviet Union Premier Alexei Kosygin visited USSR in a special aircraft to see the area and surroundings of the place of demise of their father.
One morning of Dec-Jan 1990, notorious Indian CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) knock at the door of Abdul Ahad Bhat of Batmaloo, Srinagar and demand the TV set to watch their favourite program Ramayana. The lady of the house opens the door to find uniformed armed infantry men staring at her with the demand and the next minute she collapses and is rushed by her relations to the hospital to be declared dead. In Kashmir incredible India does such miracles on daily basis.
THE KILLING FIELDS
Over one million trigger happy armed men in uniform, who do not understand the language, culture, religion, ethos and behaviour, pounce on local population with vengeance and a mindset to eliminate the populace to occupy this rich paradise belonging to the poor inhabitants. It is amazing to find the "GOOD PEOPLE" of the world turning a blind eye to these atrocities committed with impunity. UN can see what happens in Syria, Lybia or Iran but when it comes to Kashmir they look the other way and one wonders why?
More than one hundred thousand men, women and children killed in the last twenty seven years. An independent Kashmir can be a bridge and instrumental between two hostile nuclear nations. Censorship imposed in "Indian democracy" conveniently and with suitability worsens the situations. Indian army makes sure to confine populace behind closed doors as millions on the roads create an embarrassing situation and international community is inclined to ask few questions. Continue to read.......
INDIAN ARMY'S CRIMES IN KASHMIR
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone, but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to cemetery - Malcolm X
Martyr Burhan Wani, the man who rekindled and inspired his people infusing new blood to fight occupiers for the basic right of achieving the cherished goal of independence.
The number of gun pellet injury victims, especially youth, mounts to 877. Men women and children invalid for life.
PELLET GUN DAMAGE INDISCRIMNATE
Special Director General of Police, Coordination, Law and Order S P Vaid shares information on incidents with Rising Kashmir Reporter Mir Liyaqat Ali.(December 18, 2016)
DAMAGE BY INDIAN INSTALLED DG POLICE VAID
- 5084 people have been arrested
- 500 have been detained under (Public Safety Act)
- 30 schools have been set ablaze in last five months
- 250 to 275 militants operating in the Valley
TIMES OF INDIA (May 21, 2016)
Around 1.8 million of Kashmir´s population show significant amount of mental distress.
JUSTICE MARKANDEY ON GANDHI
India generally refers to, Martyr Burhan Wani and 150,000 Martyrs who laid down their lives to achieve independence, as terrorists but India´s Justice Markandey Katju in his tweet on March 23, 2019 said "Gandhi described Bhagat Singh and the militant Indian youth fighting against British Imperialism as misguided souls. When the British sentenced Bhagat Singh to death, Gandhi made no effort to save his life. He never wrote any letter to the Britisg Viceroy to commute his sentence."
INDIA USING BRUTE FORCE
KASHMIR NEARLY LOST - P CHIDAMBARAM
Indian Congress federal minister P Chidambaram commenting on BJP government´s handling of Kashmir, in an interview on India TV stated "I think their (BJP) approach is wrong. We have ignored the grand bargain under which Kashmir ´acceeded to India´. I think we broke the faith, we broke promises and therefore we have paid a heavy price. We look at Kashmir as an issue of land, but it is a problem of people instead. Let the people of Kashmir frame their laws within the ambit of (their) constitution. We have to assure that we will respect identity, history, culture and religion."
"If India is to make Jammu & Kashmir love India, referendum is the only way. The Congress failed in the 50 years after Independence to win over the minds and hearts of the people of the Valley. The reconciliation process began with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Sheikh Abdullah was put under house arrest for 11 years without trial for arguing for plebiscite. Elections were then rigged and a pliable leadership found to do Delhi´s bidding. The entire issue of popular consultation was forgotten. Article 370 remained in the Constitution but the state lost its autonomy as defined therein. The mantra became Kashmir is an integral part of India. The issue involves three parties — India, Pakistan and J&K (plus PoK?). The solution has to be sought in a two-pronged fashion — India and Pakistan and India and J&K. Each time someone falls victim to police or Army bullet, there is a funeral procession where young people shout azadi, which leads to more deaths. Former home minister as well as a member of the Cabinet in several governments, he is well aware of all the issues. There is a bold way out. That is to conduct a referendum where all the citizens of J&K have a vote, as would have happened if the maharaja had acceded in good time before the invasion from Pakistan".
RAJINI SHALEEN CHOPRA
Rajni Shaleen Chopra on virile Pandit propaganda has this to say:
"I suppose that Swamy and the rabid vanguards of Indian National Interest in national news-channels know of the Shankaracharya temple on a mountain-top in the heart of Srinagar. Do they also know of the Devi temple on the road to Pari Mahal in Srinagar, another Devi temple on Gupkar Road near Dal Lake, the Hanuman temple on Hari Singh High Street adjoining Lal Chowk, a focal point of pro-freedom agitations in Srinagar. None of these temples have been attacked even at the height of turbulence in Kashmir. In downtown Srinagar, also a hub of pro-freedom agitations, morning and evening prayers are carried out peacefully at temples without the need for any security or protection by men in uniform. Temple complexes in Anantnag, Sopore and elsewhere in the Valley stand as places of worship, and are not locked or vandalized."
Article 370 specifies that except for Defense, Foreign Affairs and Communication, the Indian Parliament requires the State Government´s concurrence applying all other laws to the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Thus the state´s residents lived under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians. Similar constitutional arrangement exists in tribal of India including those in Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland however it is only for the state of Jammu and Kashmir that the accession of the state to India is a matter of dispute among India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir which is still on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. The 1974 Indira-Sheikh accord mentions, The State of Jammu and Kashmir which is a constituent unit of the Union of India, shall, in its relation with the Union, continue to be governed by Article 370 of the Constitution of India. Indian citizens from other states and Kashmiri women who marry men from other states cannot purchase land or property in Jammu & Kashmir.
Constitutional abuse accompanied political fraud. Article 370 was intended to guarantee Kashmir´s autonomy. On December 4, 1964, Union Home Minister G. L. Nanda said it would be used to serve as a tunnel in the wall in order to increase the Centre´s power.
The State was put in a status inferior to that of other States. One illustration suffices to demonstrate that. Parliament had to amend the Constitution four times, by means of the 59th, 64th, 67th and 68th Constitution Amendments, to extend the President´s Rule imposed in Punjab on May 11, 1987. For the State of Jammu and Kashmir the same result was accomplished, from 1990 to 1996, by mere executive orders under Article 370.
The plan was not meeting impassable resistance among the ranks of Princes, with the exception of Kashmir (which had a Hindu ruler but was mainly a Muslim state) and Hyderabad (which had a Muslim ruler but was mainly Hindu). Nehru being a Kashmiri was intent on travelling to Kashmir himself to see the Maharaja, but my father realized the dangers inherent in that plan and luckily we could take up a long-standing invitation to visit the Prince ourselves. There was therefore a political expedient to our trip to Kashmir to convince the Maharaja to accept the plan and save Nehru humiliation.
INDIAN SAMARITAN KARTIK MURUKUTLA
Releasing the report in Srinagar, Kartik Murukutla, a human rights lawyer and oneof the authors of the report, said "India´s priority in Kashmir was to control the territory, not pursue justice and that despite the evidence, many of those accused of brutality were decorated for their role in fighting the separatist insurgency. While we believe in fixing the responsibility on the individuals, we have highlighted the culpability of the Indian state in shielding the perpetrators," the APDP (Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons) chief Parvez Imroz said. (bbc.co.uk: 6 December 2012)
A G NOORANI
Kashmiris feel a deep sense of alienation and oppression, literally imprisoned in a cage from which almost all exit routes are barred save one, to India, which is also not without a peril. In no part of the subcontinent does history matter as much as it does in Kashmir. Equally, no other part has had such roaring exchanges with foreign powers, defying the British rulers, as did the maharaja and people of Kashmir. Emperor Akbar is admired throughout the subcontinent. But Kashmiris hate him for destroying their independence by invading and annexing their land in 1586. He lured its last ruler, Yusuf Chak, to India and had him killed. He is buried in Bihar. Mughal armies were pelted with stones, a time-hallowed weapon against oppressors.
Constitutional oppression apart, Kashmiris must also be freed from physical restraints and allowed to breathe freely. That will facilitate a political solution.
Noorani quotes that On Kashmir, the records show that it was at Mountbatten´s insistance that: (a) the condition of a plebiscite was imposed and (b) the dispute was referred to the UN´s Security Council (Vide Prem Shankar Jha; The origins of a Dispute; oxford University Press, 2003. Minutes of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet on 25 and 26 October; pp. 197-213). He said "accession would not be considered until there was an opportunity to find out the popular will". Till then it would be a temporary accession (p. 203).
"In 1960, Indian leaders startled the world by declaring that Pakistan was no party to the accession dispute. As long as Kashmiris are resentful and unhappy, Pakistan cannot be expected to keep silent. The way to silence her is not to denounce or discredit her or present her in dark colours but by removing the genuine grievances and well-founded apprehensions of the Kashmiris. Pakistan will, we believe, see her way to come to an honourable understanding with India over the dispute. As a result of the bitter experiences made during twenty-one-years long close association with India, Kashmiris are sadly disillusioned.We are fully justified in criticizing India for many failures, broken promises, anti-democratic acts, religion-ridden administrators, and anti-secular politicians wielding enormous influence at New Delhi. Its failure is writ large in the increasing number of communal clashes all over India during the past years in which members of the minority communities have suffered."