Kashmir – The saga of denial, deceit and destruction

Kashmir – The saga of denial, deceit and destruction    

By Dr Maqsood Jafri

The sad saga of Kashmir is of the denial, deceit and destruction of the defenceless Kashmiris. Since January 1989, Indian troops have martyred over 100,000 Kashmiris, widowed over 22,000 women, orphaned over 107,802 children, molested or gang raped over 11,219 women.

Since the time of partition of subcontinent in 1947, both countries have fought three wars and have sustained unbearable casualties from both sides. India is trying to scatter the hegemonic character across the region and is creating unduly chaos, compulsions, atrocities, and dispersing subversive and disruptive policies in Kashmir.  

The eminent scholar and politician Pandit Prem Nath Bazaz writes:

“Historically and politically July 13, 1931, is the most important day in annals of Kashmir”.

I endorsed his views that from the aforesaid day, the struggle for freedom, in the most modern sense started. The Police of Maharaja had martyred many Muslims on protesting against the regime. Arrest and police firing followed, and several innocent Muslims were randomly killed.

Kashmiris movement for freedom had begun, the people of Kashmir announced a gigantic struggle against the Maharaja. It is mentioned with heavy heart that the national holiday on every July 13 had been scrapped by the Indian Occupied Kashmir and the date on which the cowardly Maharaja is said to sign the instrument of Accession has become a national holiday. While unveiling the gruesome visage of Indian duplicity an eminent author and lawyer based in Mumbai A.G. Noorani recently writes in a column:

“In Kashmiris case, the promised was made in 1947 and repeated for years thereafter; that the people alone have the right to decide their future and that the decision would be made by them through a free and fair plebiscite. The promise was deliberately broken and is recalled by the aggrieved people of Kashmir. This will not work. You cannot put a people down by repression and falsehood”.

The Indian claim of the annexation of Kashmir to India has no basis. The accession letter by Maharaja Hari Singh was a fabricated document even in the said letter, it is mentioned that whenever the law and order situation in Kashmir is restored the fate and future of Kashmiris would be decided by ascertaining the wishes of the people but a prominent British historian Alistair Lamb has challenged Indian narrative in his book “The Birth of Tragedy” by stating that the instrument of accession was drafted in Delhi and presented to Maharaja Hari Singh to sign under duress much later than October 27, 1947 after Indian military was in firm control of Kashmir, if at all he ever signed.

According to Alistair Lamb there is no record of this letter in Indian National Archives. It is highly shocking that India has crossed all the boundaries of the civility and decency. India is constantly violating the International norms and attacking on the civilian population across the border. Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control observe Black Day every year to convey to the world that India has occupied their motherland illegally and against their aspirations. Indian Army had invaded the state of Jammu and Kashmir in October 1947, in an attempt to subjugate the Kashmiri people. Since then, despite unabated Indian atrocities, New Delhi is unable to break the will of the brave Kashmiris, who are struggling for their right to self determination.

On August 5, 2019, Indian took further illegal and unilateral steps to change the internationally recognized disputed status of Kashmir to alter its demographic structure. India’s arms expansion is a serious threat to the regional stability and peace. Its massive acquisition of armaments and expansion of nuclear forces, including introduction of new destabilizing weapon systems are developments with serious repercussions for peace and stability in South Asia.

The recent unprecedented rate of missile tests conducted by India is yet another manifestation of dangerous Indian conventional and nuclear military build-ups. It corroborates concerns expressed by several international experts on the military spin-offs of conducting high technology trade with India in the light of US-India Basic exchange and cooperation agreement on sharing of Geospatial information. It is tantamount to erode the international norms and has resulted in negatively effecting the strategic stability in South Asia. The developments clearly negate the argument that India’s mainstreaming in the international export control regimes will further the non-proliferation objectives of these regimes.

It is hoped that the President Elect Joe Biden will review and revisit the military pacts with India. President Donald Trump had tilt towards Indian policies but Joe Biden is a man who has portrayed his personality as a committed democrat and champion of human rights. There is hope that President Joe Biden will strive to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir. It seems pertinent to mention here that the Vice President elect of USA Kamala Harris, in the context of human rights abuse in Kashmir said last year:

“Abusers will convince those they abuse that nobody cares, and nobody is watching and nobody pays attention, which is a tool of an abuser”.

Now it is expected from her that she will play a positive role in resolving the long standing dispute of Kashmir.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Voice of East.


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