Kashmir: A Saga of Indian Atrocities


India seems to have exhausted all the good, the bad, and the ugly methods of winning an unwinnable conflict in Kashmir, or retrospectively the good method was never seriously given a try: an impartial referendum to ascertain the will of the people of the larger Kashmir state under the auspicious of the UN, facilitated by both Pakistan and India. Since the peaceful method never materialized, the conflict lingers on to this day after decades. Initially resulting from an unresolved question of political identity, the freedom struggle and the protracted Indian occupation now seem to perpetuate each other, in the face of global indifference. But it is clear that India’s non-existent legitimacy in the occupied region is exposed with every subsequent atrocious measure taken to cover up the original sin of illegal Indian annexation.
In this regard, the unilateral abrogation of Article 370 to alter the internationally recognized disputed political status of Kashmir is a relatively recent example of BJP’s unbridled fascism and complete disregard of the international human rights regime by India’s Hindu hardliner PM Moodi. Yet the silence of the international community is deafening, to say the least. While some are clearly blinded by the lucrative Indian market in an era of ruthless capitalism, many others point out that India’s unilateral abrogation of articles 370 and 35 A as such may not be directly impinging upon the legal status of the Kashmir dispute. One can also find voices attributing the mounting violations of Indian forces in Kashmir as just another manifestation of Indiandecline into an authoritarian and Hindu majoritarian state where minorities, especially Muslims are treated as suspected subjects. Kashmir continues to bleed encouraged by international apathy and the special powers and complete impunity enjoyed by Indian occupation forces in suppressing the brave people of the state of Kashmir who refuse to be silenced through bullets and pellets and uphold the right to self-determination and dignity of human life.

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