State Terrorism: Kashmir Erupts Naturally - India Needs To Consider Indexit!
02 July 2016
By Dr. Abdul Ruff
After being a freedom fighting colony for centuries, India, since 1947, has
assumed the role of a colonialist nation by annexing and occupying neighboring
Jammu Kashmir. India has killed more Kashmiris in a few decades than what it
may have lost under British rule for centuries.
Over year of misrule in Jammu Kashmir, India have burnt its terror fingers in
occupied Kashmir, once again, by targeting a n important freedom fighter
leader whom Kashmiris respect as their own.
India's terror strategy is facing serious blow in Kashmir as people stand
together to oppose Indian yoke on their soil.
Indian state terrorism has reached the climax point. The stage seems to be set
for Indian regime to speedily consider surrendering sovereignty to Kashmiris.
India should exit from Kashmir – Indexit.
Rising Kashmiri movement
Like many problems in South Asia, the roots of the Kashmir issue stretch back
to the partition of British India in 1947. After an aborted attempt at
remaining independent during the finals ears of British rule in the region,
what was once the princely state of Jammu Kashmir was divided between the two
new countries of India and Pakistan, with a de facto border known as the Line
of Control. Later Pakistan gave a part of Azad Kashmir to China in exchange
for the latter's economic and military assistance.
Civilian uprisings are not uncommon in Kashmir as military imposes its iron
will on the civilians.
In ruthless killing, India has overdone it, again, as its military occupying
neighboring Jammu Kashmir has accelerated its attack spree, killing young
people as freely as jungle beats do. In doing so, New Delhi has time and again
expressed its hatred for Kashmiri Muslims, forcing now the Kashmiris
demonstrating in streets protesting against the military killing of a young
freedom fighting Muslim.
As India clamps down on Kashmir with an iron grip, it risks permanently losing
the hearts and minds of the people. A popular civilian uprising is underway in
Kashmir as India's rule grows weak again.
Indian forces enjoy unprecedented freedom now to kill any Muslim of their
choice and governor who represents central government and state government
supporting Indian agenda in Kashmir over see the genocides of Kashmiri Muslims
with secret orders for the same.
In three decades of armed oppression against the civilian population,
supposedly a bid to win back trust in Kashmir, many women and girls have been
raped and molested by Indian occupation soldiers. Sexual violence has been
used as a channel to impose authority and fear upon the female population,
while torture and killings are used to suppress their male counterparts.
While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a tour to Africa, Indian
troops back in Kashmir were shooting at peaceful demonstrators who were out on
streets after the killing of a popular rebel commander. In five days, 36
civilians have been killed by Indian forces and more than 1,500 injured,
including 100 with eye injuries. A medical emergency has been declared while
the Kashmir Valley remains under curfew.
Six years after he chose to take up arms against the state, Burhan Muzaffar
Wani, 22, was shot dead by a joint party of Indian army and police in a brief
gunfight in South Kashmir. Wani was a militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen
– an indigenous rebel outfit fighting for an independent Kashmir
Indian military knows Indian government and its corporate lords in the
parliament and state assemblies, and their ''trusted'' media would shield, as
their major responsibility, all its crimes against humanity perpetrated in
Kashmir or India. So, Indian solders do not hesitate to kill any Muslims in
Kashmir on false pretexts.
Last April, five Kashmiris were shot dead by Indian soldiers in
India-controlled Kashmir, shortly after protests broke out in the aftermath of
the molestation of a young girl by Indian occupation soldiers in Handwara near
the capital city of Srinagar. The attempted sexual harassment, as usual, had
gone largely unnoticed until the victim spoke to the media, but it was not the
first time that a similar incident had occurred in the heavily militarized
People support freedom movement
At the outset one matter needs to be explained. Whosoever Indian government
and media lords call terrorists are indeed Kashmir freedom fighters who seek
sovereignty back from the occupiers. India might call the freedom fighting
groups in Kashmir as terrorist outfits and ask USA and EU to kindly add them
in their own terrorist lists and never support them. By doing so, India thinks
the Kashmir issue is settled once for all in its favor. It might even consider
stopping huge cash transfer to USA regularly for their support against Kashmir
It would be worthwhile right here to rewind the Indian freedom struggle when
Nehru, Gandhi, others led the movement but for the British rulers they were
terrorists punishable under law..
The government's hold over the territory had strengthened not with positive
attitude towards Kashmiris but with the help of mass killings in the early
1990s, and later, with the regional elections held in 1996. In the early
1990s, when India's grip was weak and the rebels in 1993 had ''achieved
successes previously unimaginable'' and ''for the first time established
liberated zones,'' a government militia was instrumental in crushing popular
dissent, leading to the fall of most rebel groups.
Currently, there is one group that is still fighting in Kashmir and continues
to gain power: the indigenous Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, also known as the Hizb. In
the last few years, the Hizb has managed to climb to the top in terms of
popularity, and continues to successfully gain new recruits, who are being
celebrated as righteous warriors by the general public.
State crimes and impunity for insane ''soldiers''
The armed rebellion against Indian arrogance and misrule in Kashmir started in
the late 1980s. In these years of violence, around half a million soldiers in
the region used extreme torture and targeted killings against civilians, with
hundreds killed in some incidents. Estimates of the number of people killed in
Kashmir range from 95,000 to 100,000. And number keeps rising as India
continues targeting Kashmiris in fake encounters.
Force was again used in 2008 trying to silence the freedom movement of
Kashmiris, when the political narrative in Kashmir took a different shape as
youths took over the reins of public dissent and rebellion. Two mass uprisings
in 2008 and 2010 showed the brutal face of Indian state machinery to those
born during the 1990s, who had not seen such mass violence spearheaded by the
state before. Robust military action attacking Kashmiri Muslims further
strengthened the younger generation's anti-India sentiments and brought about
a fresh wave of dissent.
India's draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which provides
impunity to Indian soldiers for basically any action, and the Public Safety
Act (PSA), which is used to imprison people without due process have been
instrumental in crushing the recent popular dissent in the Valley but the
résistance has only grown stronger many times.
The lack of political will to account for past and present actions of the
security forces, including the state police, is fortified by legislation and
aggravated by other obstacles to justice Change of government at the centre,
if effected to end the present crisis in Kashmir, would not indeed solve the
problem because the trouble India invited has reached the end point and not
even Israeli terror goods could bring peace to strategic terror specialists in
New Delhi. Amnesty International has been campaigning for the revocation of s
the AFSPA and PSA – lawless laws meant for jungle regimes.
The criminal mindset of Indian government gets fully exposed when common
people are shot dead by' soldiers' in Handwara, for example, and the state
government expresses no regret over the killings, and also refuses order an
investigation, while the federal government in New Delhi continues to maintain
graveyard silence about state terrorism but blaming pro-freedom leaders for
instigating the violence. At the core of weeks of violence was an underage
girl, who was subjected to attempted sexual harassment and was also forced to
refrain from speaking to the media while she was kept under police detention.
Activists accused the police of a forced detention to protect the Indian
''soldier'' who had committed the act; there was no clear response from New
Delhi. Government does not open its democratic mouth. The girl was released
later. She demanded that an FIR must be filed against the accused soldiers and
action be taken against the police officers involved in her detention.
Incidents like the one in Handwara are not the first of their kind such crimes
are happening state wide. Men murders and women sexual violence conducted by
the Indian forces have long been a mainstay tactic, with no one prosecuted to
date. New Delhi and India media lords just shut their dirty mouths and cunning
On February 23, 1991, Indian soldiers had gone to the two villages for a
cordon and search operation. As per various accounts, the soldiers tortured
the men and raped the women. The 20-year-old injustice came to light again
amidst the swelling public discontent of the last few years. In 2013, a group
of women came together to file a public lawsuit that called for further
investigations regarding the case. Months have passed since a local court
ordered further investigations, but the police have taken no action.
Many of crimes committed in Kashmir by Indian forces come out only 25 years
later and secret grave years reveal the death of Indian democracy and law.
Weakening of Indian terror hold
India has pooled all resources in Kashmir to contain and cripple the freedom
movement and promote the military and Hindu interests in the valley.
The anti-India rebellion grows in Kashmir in a big organized way as an
indigenous movement. Rebel, India says, have been using this strategy for the
last few years, taking service rifles and other weapons from the police or
paramilitary troops and using them. It also shows the rebels are mainly
focusing on their particular areas, mostly in the south of the Kashmir Valley.
But lately some attacks and rebel activities have happened in North Kashmir
and Central Kashmir also. In the absence of any political solution in the form
of sovereignty, the youth have become restless and their anger has
Today the world believes that the ongoing freedom struggle in the Kashmir
Valley is a populist movement. The Indian Army has also started acknowledging
the change in the Kashmiri situation. One of the senior military commanders in
Northern India, Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda admitted that Indian soldiers occupying
Kashmir have little hope of competing against the rebels for public sympathy
and Indian forces finds the situation a big problem, a challenge for
conducting anti-militant operations now. ''Militarily, there's not much more
to do than we already have done … We're losing the battle for a narrative.''
Growing anti-India sentiments and rapidly rising support for Pakistan among
people in India-controlled Kashmir has badly damaged Indian claims and status.
The chief cleric of South Kashmir's Ummat-i-Islami, Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir said:
''symbols are more important and the new rebellion is a symbol,'' he says.
''Even if there are no resources with them , but still this is a symbol.''
However, he acknowledges that ''a long-term rebellion'' will find it ''hard to
survive without resources.'' India would count on this aspect but both China
and Pakistan could help them with resources. .
Pakistan has always tried to show it as an indigenous movement and it is an
indigenous to a large extent. ''If Pakistan wants to help the movement here,
they will have their own interests also. Some observers also believe that
Pakistan has changed its approach too, from involving itself on the ground to
becoming the political backbone for the Kashmir issue globally.
This endeavor to advocate on behalf of the Kashmiri people was evident at
recent United Nations meetings, where Pakistan continuously raised the Kashmir
issue, as well as in bilateral talks with India. As a result, India has
declared that Pakistan is ''needlessly'' internationalizing the Kashmir issue.
Recently, Indian strategic people ask the Modi government to invade and annex
Pakistan's Azad Kashmir for which Israel would readily extend military
support. Now USA won't support either Pakistan or Kashmir but has to side with
Indian narrative, though might not offer military support.
The situation in Kashmir may look better compared now to the peaks of violence
in the past, in the heart of the Valley, the rise of anti-India sentiment has
weakened India's control.
JK is being ruled by a coalition of People's Democratic Party and the Hindutva
Bharatiya Janata Party with PDP CM and BJP deputy CM. BJP is pushing for its
Hindutva agenda in the valley especially by promoting all Hindutva promotional
activities. In order to rule the state, the PDP supports whatever the BJP
wants to do in t Kashmir. The rich in PDP, National Conference, Congress and
BJP are sharing the resource loot behind the coalition government. .
Further, anti-India forces are hugely motivated by the extreme force used
against dissenting voices by the newly formed regional government. The new
head of the region's government, Mehbooba Mufti, recently said that there are
only four bunkers of Indian forces in the Valley – a statement that highly
angered the people, who have to face soldiers and police regularly in their
daily lives. The regional government's anti-dissent tactics combined with the
disappearance of opportunities to construct a solid political solution to
provide respite to the ordinary people in Kashmir has only made things worse.
Insane Indian oppression and Angry Kashmiris
Even mourning a so-called terrorist's murder by military is seen as a major
political statement in contemporary Kashmir, as thousands of people join
funeral processions for fighting terror of Indian soldiers.
Meanwhile, while Indian core media continue target Kashmiri Muslims as
terrorists, social media remain, controlled by Indian agencies also abuzz with
people who idolize rebel commanders, like Burhan Muzaffar Wani, a 23-year-old
Hizb commander in South Kashmir who has become the face of the new rebellion
for sovereignty for Kashmir. The people's acceptance of this rebellion has
grown with the decline of any political process that can hope to empower them.
Wani's brother Khalid was among those killed by the soldiers, and this year, a
cricket tournament was organized to remember him, with team titles dedicated
to various rebels.
The change in Kashmiri mood against Indian occupational terror tactics to
silence the freedom fighting Kashmiris, has its roots in the 2008 and 2010
mass uprisings in Kashmir, during which Indian troops and police, on
instructions of Indian government (Home ministry) and JK governor mercilessly
shot more than 200 teenagers dead on the streets. This has gradually led to
major protests on a permanent basis, drawing in the younger generation, with
people from all walks of life vehemently rejecting India's continued rule in
From the army to the local government, the alarm bells are ringing, but no one
in New Delhi is ready for a political solution to solve the long-standing
issue. They don't want to listen to anything anymore as enough is enough and
they want all Indian boots are cleared of Kashmir valley forthwith and
soverign handed over to Kashmiris. It is no more any formality from common
Kashmiris but they are serious about protesting and can go to any extent to
achieve their goals
The Modi government is now fully aware of the fact that informally told me
that the new generation is angry.
Freedom leaders to fight till sovereignty
Resistance leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad
Yasin Malik has appealed to the Imams of the Mosques to lead Nimaz-e-Jinaza in
absentia to the 40 young brave hearts who were snatched from us by the cruel
and inhuman Indian forces and local police in the last week after the
martyrdom of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani and his associates. They also appealed
them to lead the protests against the brutalities of Indians in uniform.
Leaders have condemned the use of brutal force against the protesters and
compelling the traders and transporters not to support the ongoing struggle.
Leaders have affirmed their resolve to lead this movement to its logical end
no matter how brutal and cruel Indian aggression may be. People have been
assured not to panic but show steadfastness, dedication and discipline so that
any of the ill intentions of the enemy are not allowed to derail our struggle
for the goal of self-determination.
Leaders have assured the nation that they have been fighting the Indian
aggression and brutalism for decades and now we are facing do or die situation
which demands utmost discipline and determination. They further said that we
will never succumb to any pressure as we believe ours is the just cause and we
will fight to achieve it till our last breath. Commenting on the more troops
from Delhi leaders said that not only three battalions even if India sends
whole of its army to Kashmir we will fight them tooth and nail and like always
this time also they will be defeated. Leaders further said it is a long and
continuous struggle and we need to be prepared for a prolonged but definite
phase now. They have appealed people not to fall prey to the nefarious designs
of the Indian imperialism or their local stooges and follow the combined
programme in letter and spirit.
Insane oppression of Kashmiri Muslims, both men and women, old and youth, by
Indian occupation forces merit the urgent attention of UN, ICJ and OICC.
Yes, India is fast long Kashmir as Kashmiris, after the ghastly murder of
their leader by the military, see Indian government as their enemy and they
continue to seek the support of Pakistan. Unless India changes tactics — big
brother India never changes its policies or tactics as it is aggressively
arrogant – Kashmir will continue to slip away.
Time is ripe for Kashmiris to gain full and complete independence from India
and establish a soverign Kashmir. India may let its military and police stay
on in Kashmir until the soverign Kashmir government makes alternative security
State terrorism tactics of India have worked devastatingly making the peace
loving: Kashmiris to erupt naturally and violently protest against India's
prolonged Zionist occupation of Kashmir: India needs to consider Indexit!
World leader USA and other veto states must help the Kashmiris get speedy
justice in the form of soverign Kashmir. They should advice their
''anti-terror'' companion India to leave Kashmir by opting for Indexit at long
last, at least sympathetically.
Indian occupation forces have killed enough Kashmiri Muslims!