By Sikander Hayat
India has no excuse this time. It used to be “Pakistan based” terrorists who were fighting the 700,000 Indian army/paramilitary troops in Indian held Kashmir. Now it’s the “Pakistan based” stone throwers who are being butchered by “brave” Indian army on the streets of Srinagar & other parts of Kashmir. Worst part of the tragedy is that this killing is indiscriminate. They are killing women, children & anyone who dare to say the word azadi (freedom).
India is the so called biggest democracy of the world but a people who ask in their overwhelming majority for azadi are being crushed through the barrel of gun.
I am sure this episode will be crushed soon and less than a week later that, Indian establishment will be congratulating each other for the heroism that their armed forces shown in the valley of Kashmir. But deep down in their hearts even they know that every time they crush a rebellion, they crush it only temporarily, because the basic issue has been and still is unresolved for last 63 years.
That basic issue is that Kashmir is an unfinished business from the time of Independence of India & Pakistan. As a Muslim majority state, Jammu & Kashmir was supposed to be part of Pakistan but its Hindu Raja, Hari Singh, signed away Kashmir to India without taking into account the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
From there onwards, Kashmir is the story of oppression, barbarism, colonialism ( amarnath yatra is the case in point) & absolute brutality at the hands of Indian military and Indian political elite.
Kashmir has been ruled by the central government through governor rule for many years with intermittent bogus elections. One such bogus election in 1989 triggered the armed resistance against the Indian rule.
India must stop considering Kashmir a law & order issue as it is no such thing. Kashmir is a disputed territory whose overwhelming majority wants azadi from India and until that wish is fulfilled, india can only crush the will of the people for short periods before eventually it will have to agree to a political settlement with Pakistan & the Kashmiri people. India must understand that if killing of over 100,000 Kashmiris has not frightened the people of Kashmir, nothing will.
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2. Indian Occupation Of Kashmir - An Unfinished Business
3. Azad Kashmir - Is China Taking Extra Interest In Kashmir?