February 5 has for decades been observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day. This year, it assumed added significance because of India's total lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir since August 5, 2019. Tens of thousands of Kashmiri youth have been arrested and imprisoned in unknown locations. There are grave fears for their safety and security.
Eight million Kashmiris live under Indian occupation where India impose a total lockdown last August while four million live in Azad (Free) Kashmir (AJK) on the Pakistani side. There are also 40,000 Kashmiri refugees in AJK that had fled Indian military terror in 1989-1990. They have not seen loved ones ever since.
The 8 million people of Indian occupied Kashmir have been under a brutal lockdown since August 5.
The eight million people of Indian occupied Kashmir continue to suffer horrific crimes at the hands of Indian troops. The 24/7 lockdown, lack of food and medicines and suspension of Internet and cell phones have caused immense suffering to the Kashmiris already reeling from decades of Indian brutality.
Long-time human rights activist explains the tragedy of the Kashmiri people and the fascist ideology that has gripped India.
The 8 million people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are subjected terrible suffering. India maintains a colonial army exceeding 900,000 in Kashmir.
To resist foreign occupiers is a fundamental right recognized in international law yet colonial occupiers miss no opportunity to denigrate those that struggle for their basic rights.
The suffering of the people of Kashmir at the hands of Indian occupation forces is well known yet the indifference of governments worldwide to their plight is absolutely shocking.
Pakistan must begin to think outside the box to find a solution to the long-festering problem of Jammu and Kashmir. Repeating old slogans or applying the same old policies that did not yield results in the past will not do.
Abrogating the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Narendra Modi has created a dangerous situation in the region that could easily lead to nuclear war.
India is a fascist state. Modi has emerged from the bowels of RSS, a fascist outfit that advocates the complete annihilation of all religious minorities in India.
Since Narendra Modi's unilateral action to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, there have been rallies worldwide to condemn this illegal act. One of the largest rallies in North America took place in Toronto on Sunday August 18 morning. Thousands of people attended. In Kashmir itself, there has been 24/7 curfew to clamp down on people creating great hardships for the 12 million Kashmiris.
Wiping away Kashmir’s special status has been a dream of many BJP supporters who have spoken of a Greater Hindustan, a Hindu-dominated land that scoops up Pakistan, Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia.
All it took was a blink of an eye to realize that India's right-wing government outmanoeuvred old-style colonialism by repackaging it as "democracy in action".
Kashmir has never been a part of India but in typical duplicitous fashion, Indian rulers first illegally occupied the state and are now waging a genocidal campaign to crush Kashmiri aspirations.
Last month, India and Pakistan came to the brink of full-blown war. At the root lies the unresolved issue of Kashmir. Unless this long-festering problem is resolved according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir, the risk of war remains.
If Indian rulers still do not understand why the Kashmiris hate them so intensely, perhaps the Pulwama attack should send a powerful message. The Kashmiris want the Indian off their backs.