Deterioration of Regional Peace

During the past year, BJP’s perspective of Kashmir muscular military response to conflict is the way to peace, turned out to be counterproductive. After this development, India deployed additional troops in IIOJK, where people were already living under decades of oppression. Important to mention is the fact that Kashmir is the most militarized zone in the world.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member and municipal councilor, Rakesh Pandit was killed in Tral, Pulwama district on 2nd June. Municipal councilors are the key facilitators of the Indian Army and have played a pivotal role in implementing draconian laws in the Indian Illegal Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Importantly, the incident takes place in Tral, Pulwama, which is hardly 40 km away from Srinagar, where the Indian Army’s chief was visiting the Head Quarters of Chanar Corps the same day. People protesting against the illegal occupation, are not accorded basic human rights, instead, they are viewed as enemies of the state.

After the abrogation of Articles, 370 and 35A people of IIOJK lost their special status and rights. According to the Indian Constitution in 1954, Article 370 gave special status and rights to the people of IIOJK. It’s not only the defined permanent residents of the State but also give them privileges regarding employment and gaining/settling in the state. It holds Fundamental rights of the people of IIOJK and People from any other state were not allowed to buy property in IIOJK. The agenda behind the abrogation of the constitutional provision of Article 35A and 370 is demographic change Muslim-majority region by allowing Indians to buy land and dwell in IIOJK.

After the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, IIOJK has lost its special status and its separate constitution. Automatically, all Indian laws are imposed on Kashmir and the Indians will be able to facilitate themselves in Kashmir like a local Kashmiri.

Post-revocation of article 370A, the situation is deemed as “rectifying a historical blunder” and justified as pavement to the way for peace, prosperity, and development in the region. In contrast, the change divided the parts of the region beside communal lines but also gave the free lead to the military’s heavy-handed tactics.

During the past year, BJP’s perspective of Kashmir muscular military response to conflict is the way to peace, turned out to be counterproductive. After this development, India deployed additional troops in IIOJK, where people were already living under decades of oppression. Important to mention is the fact that Kashmir is the most militarized zone in the world. All the tactics that have been used in the past and present are part of a forced strategy to squash Kashmiris by hegemonic India. In continuation to acts of barbarism, prohibited cluster bombs have been used along the line of control (LOC), targeting innocent populations, which is against the Geneva Convention and International Humanitarian Law. The rogue stance of the Indian army can be classed as war crimes. Kashmiris are living in confusion, dilemma, and conflict constantly, with the place and characters changed, while stories are the same of tears and misery in every Kashmiri family. Kashmiris are being denied their fundamental rights and they are now living in ‘open jail’. India is constantly abusing its Constitution and crushing the Kashmiri sentiments.

Kashmiri Muslims have been struggling for their basic human rights for over ninety years. Their struggle has passed through different phases: pre-partition, post-partition, post-Burhan Wani, and Post 5th August 2019. Their generations have seen and beard countless unforgettable events of massacres, rapes, and tortures. Their history of unmatched struggle for freedom has never witnessed a single moment when Kashmiri Muslims gave up their struggle and bowed down to Indian brutal forces. They lost their sons, their daughters & mothers got raped by Indian inhuman forces, women lost their husbands and children lost their parents but they never gave up. Indian brutality continues and Kashmiri’s struggle for freedom never ends.

India’s cancellation of Kashmir’s special status has consequences; it has boosted the existing drive to the Kashmir freedom movement. Consequently, it incites a new generation of Kashmiris to deal with the aggressive designs of fascist India. India must realize now that the solution to the IIOJK problems does not incline in such aggressive tactics. Frankly, it’s time to change the stance and apply a strategy that is more understandable and sane. India’s tyrannical attempts now are completely exposed as even the saner factions amongst Indian media themselves are admitting that local Kashmiris are up against oppressive India.

The Kashmiris are echoing its struggle for self-determination, as they are ready to fight for their liberation. Their struggle is no different from the struggle of Baghat Singh, Subash Chandra Bose, Che Guerra, and many more freedom fighters like them. It’s all about humanity, about their fundamental rights, and most importantly the right to life.

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