Indian de-mocracy written in blood and betrayal: Indian Express

The killers of Gandhi and promoters of Hindutva, the likes of Subramaniam Swamy brand Pandit Nehru a traitor and anti-Indian.

Kashmir, we know, is going through difficult times, and the going seems tough as speaking out the truth becomes real hard and at times impossible. 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 resulting in psychological problems for the affected populace. 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.


India generally refers to Martyr Burhan Wani and 150,000 Martyrs who laid down their lives to achieve independence as terrorists and 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 British Viceroy to commute his sentence."


Justice Vithal Mahadeo Tarkunde, a prominent lawyer, a civil right activist, a humanist referred to as the Father of Civil Liberties Movement and a distinguished Judge of India on February 19, 1990 felt the pain and said “A grant of plebiscite to the people of Kashmir is the obvious solution. If, as a third alternative Kashmir becomes an Independent, Democratic and Secular State; Its territorial integrity guaranteed by India, Pakistan and the UN 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.”


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.

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.



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 on October 25, 1947.


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."


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.


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".


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.


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".


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 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).

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".

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.


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. ( 6 December 2012)


Murder at Tashkant

The common belief on Indian and international level holds ground that the Indian gentleman prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri was poisoned as the agencies thought the two leaders Shastri and Ayub Khan had come to an understanding to settle the Kashmir dispute as per the wish of Kashmiri people. Kashmir had known that they have been unlucky and betrayed for the second time. Even the family of late prime minister Shastri believes that he was killed.

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.

"There was negligence with regard to his place of stay. Why was he put up in a far-off hotel that was about 15 km from the main city? And there was no phone or call bell in his room. My mother wanted to meet the cook incharge in Tashkant to prepare food for the visiting Prime Minister but was told that the cook was not available". The family since has been asking for declassification of the files for years but these several requests have fallen on deaf ears.


Gandhi´s letter to Christian evangelist Milton Newberry Frantz in 1926 records the content of the letter saying Jesus was one of the great teachers of mankind. The letter is considered by Nathan Raab,the president of Raab collection as an embodiment of Gandhi´s vision for world of religions at peace. Gandhi wrote, Dear Friend, I have your letter. I am afraid it is not possible for me to subscribe to the creed you have sent me. The subscriber is made to believe that the highest manifestation of the unseen reality was Jesus Christ. In spite of all my efforts, I have not been able to feel the truth of that statement. I have not been able to move beyond the belief that Jesus was one of the great teachers of mankind. Do you not think that religious unity is to be had not by a mechanical subscription to a common creed but by all respecting the creed of each? In my opinion, difference in creed there must be so long as there are different brains. But how does it matter if all these are hung upon the common thread of love and mutual esteem. Gandhi held on to those ideals and cow worshipping till his last day before re-incarnation.




Prime Minister Clement Attlee assigned Louise Mountbatten the job to quit India as quickly as possible, as it became impossible for United Kingdom to carry on its rule over the jewel in the Crown. The cries of subjugated people were, perhaps, heard by divinity to force lunacy on Hitler culminating into super power UK´s economic disaster. It was more of a circumstantial political compulsion than any freedom struggle responsible for independence of the sub-continent.




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.

Kashmir  Occupied