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Kashmir: The Untold Story of Indian Occupation

By Tara Dorabji

A few days before I left for India, American journalist, David Barsamian, was deported from New Delhi for his coverage of Kashmir. Barsamian reports for AlterNet one of the few national free speech radio outlets in the US. News reports quoted officials saying that his deportation resulted from his reporting on Kashmir during his 2009-10 trip to India, while on a tourist visa. If reporting the truth in Kashmir can get you deported, I was in danger.

On my first day in Srinagar, the local head of surveillance let me know he was fully aware of my arrival. It was a discreet enough interaction, but served its purpose: I was being watched. My threat? A pen and paper to record the stories of Kashmiris.

The silence of India’s occupation of Kashmir blankets the valley, like the morning smog obscures the Himalayan Mountains. There is a new face to the hundred-year-old struggle for Kashmiri sovereignty and independence. Sahil, age 12, lit up when I asked what his hope for Kashmir is. “I have a hope that there is a freedom in Kashmir.” Sahil’s father was disappeared in 2002. For nine years he and his mother have searched for his father, only his absence is present. Every day after school Sahil comes home to help his mother work—embroidering cloth to earn a few rupees.
The strong current of popular, nonviolent uprising for freedom continues to grow in Kashmir. It distinguishes itself from the armed rebellion of the early 90s, yet the demand is the same: liberation from occupation—the independence of Kashmir. Despite the Indian government’s own estimate of only 500-700 armed militants in the area, Kashmir remains the most densely militarized land on earth. There are approximately 700,000 Indian military and paramilitary in Kashmir, policing a population of 12.5 million.

Under the British partitioning of India in 1947, Kashmir joined India as a quasi-independent region. For a short time, Kashmiris enjoyed much self-rule, self-determination and indigenous leadership. Kashmir led the world in revolutionary land reform, implementing a broad redistribution of resources that created a population relatively equal in wealth. Was it that the Indian ruling elite feared that Kashmir would serve as a model for India? Could there have been a broad redistribution of resources in the subcontinent?

There are many interpretations of how the trust and relationship between Delhi and Srinagar eroded. The result was a deliberate stripping of Kashmiri independence, which on paper was protected under article 370 of the India constitution. While most of these rights have diminished, land protection in the valley is still observed and only Kashmiris can own land in the region. It is this provision that has prevented a complete repopulation of the area.

With the erosion of Kashmir’s autonomy, came the military repression and arguably an attempted genocide. From 1989 to 2011 there have been 8,000 documented disappearances and 70,000 deaths of Kashmiris resulting from the Indian occupation. Torture is rampant. Khurram Parvaiz, Liaison of the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir (IPTK), works documenting the cases of torture. “The most underreported phenomenon in Jammu and Kashmir is torture. If you go to any village hundreds of people in every village have been tortured, not just men, but women, children and old people as well.” Parvaiz was involved in documenting the torture of over 1,500 people who became impotent because their genitals were electrocuted. He goes on to explain that there have been hundreds of boys who were raped by soldiers. In one case the abuse by the army was caught on video, still there were no convictions. Parvaiz continued to describe another case of torture, “I have documented very horrible cases, but this is the most horrible.” The army kept a 60-year-old man in solitary confinement for one month. During that time, he wasn’t given anything to eat, but his own flesh. They cut the flesh from his body and served it to him. This was all he was given to eat for a month. Recounting the torture Parvaiz said, “This was something that shook me. We have hundreds of Guantanamo Bays here. Why is nobody talking about it?”

The torture and death can be buried no longer. In July 2011, the State Human Rights Commission of Jammu and Kashmir (SHRC) released a report documenting 2,156 unidentified bodies in 38 graveyards. The state report verified the findings of Buried Evidence, released in 2009 by Parvaiz’s group. Parvaiz explained how the findings were initially swept under the rug, “The government said that these unmarked graves are all of foreign militants and people need not worry about it.” There have been limited DNA tests on the remains. Parvaiz cited that DNA tests of 53 bodies identified that 49 were Kashmiri civilians, one was a Kashmiri combatant and three were unidentified.
Parvaiz said, “It is the right of the family to have the body. The government does not want to give these bodies to the families because there is something to hide. They are hiding the marks of torture.”

Kashmiri children grow up watching graveyards populate their villages. As people are buried, the community holds their story, the memory. Oral history is their biggest weapon against India’s brutal occupation. Even under occupation, the stories of the dead cannot be silenced.

The families of the disappeared continue to fight for the truth. Bilkeez Manzoor became a member of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons after her father disappeared in 2002. The army took him from their house in the middle of the night. They have not seen him since. Manzoor continues to fight for justice for her father and brought the case all the way to India’s supreme court. Manzoor recounted that she received threatening calls telling her not to continue with her case, “But I am not afraid. I thought I am strong; I should file this. I have never stopped.”
Manzoor explained her hopes for Kashmir. “I want independence. The armed forces, they destroy everyone’s lives through torture, through fake murders like disappearances. It is very horrible for us. When we have independence we’ll be free of this. With the independence of Kashmir, maybe the women will feel free.”

While the people of Kashmir resist occupation and struggle for freedom every day, their struggle is largely ignored by the international community. Khurram Parviz asked, “Why is the international community silent? The war which has been declared on the people of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian state has been violent, has been brutal has matched all records of brutality around the world. What we have suffered in the last 20 years is no less than a war crime, yet there is silence by the international community.”

Looking at the high alpine lakes and valley surrounded by mountains, one cannot help, but think of Switzerland. With a population of 7.6 million people, Switzerland’s population is nearly half the size of Kashmir’s. Despite its small size, Switzerland spends about 1% of their GDP on military. If Switzerland can be independent, why not Kashmir?

Could the future independence of Kashmir be a headwaters in creating a new type of democracy? Perhaps if the nonviolent, popular movement of Kashmir is allowed self-determination a new brand of democracy will be born: a democracy that is not founded on control through military domination—one that does not wave the flag of democracy to cover up genocide.
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In October 2011 Tara Dorabji visited the most densely militarized land on earth—Kashmir. On Monday, December 26 Kashmir: the Untold Story of Indian Occupation aired on KPFA radio (www.kpfa.org or 94.1). You can find the
show’s archive at: http://www.kpfa.org/archive/date/2011/12/26.

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  • Rick December 29, 2011

    What about Pakistan’s actions and occupation of Kashmir?

    • Ua December 31, 2011

      Pakistan’s occupation is not even close to being as brutal and atrocious as India’s. Yes, occupation it is still. Kashmiris want independence from both.

      Pakistan hasn’t killed 80,000 Kashmiris or disappeared 10,000. Nor do they have mass graves on their side of the border.

      • Rahul March 20, 2013

        It’s d pakistan which sends terrorists in the ‘cover-up’ of being jehadis & atleast provide Indian Army an execuse regarding continuance of AFSPA & justification of army presence is validated in Kashmir valley.

        Even China claims Arunachal pradesh as ‘south tibet’,it doesn’t send terror outfits & see the difference as no army is there & ‘peace’ is in the region.

        Why the hell ‘Pakistani’ flags are unfurled in many protests,if so called ‘Kashmiris’ wants an independent state.Don’t have their own identity if such is the case?(India adopted its flag,in Lahore 1930 congress conclave).

        Do the groundwork properly,if really u are serious,as ‘Freedom’ will not come in a charity goblet.

        Similarly,it’s the people of Kashmir who have to condemn Pakistan openly & if they have any grievances with New Delhi,solve it amicably with proper political dialogue.It’s the “Pak’ factor ,which creating all the flutters in the talk process & only justifying the presence of ‘Indian Army’,which many in Kashmir feel the roots of all atrocities.

      • Dilliwala April 13, 2013

        As per 2010 BBC survey, 43% Indian Kashmiris and 45% Pakistani Kashmiris want independence. Wonder why Pakis and the world never talks about the oppression and genocide of Shias in Gilgit-Baltistan.

        In India, J&K is divided into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. While in Pakistan, Kashmir is divided into Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

        2010 BBC survey results:

        -> Ladakh is more than half the area of J&K and almost 70-75% of its population wants complete merger with India. It has Buddhists and Shia Muslims as majority.
        -> Jammu is slightly smaller than Ladakh and has Hindus as majority, followed by Sunni Muslims and Sikhs. 75-80% of its people want complete merger with India.
        -> Kashmir is the tiniest part of J&K, a minor speck on the map of J&K, bordering Pakistan. It has a comprehensive Sunni Muslim majority, thanks to the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits in the early 1990s! Almost 80% of Kashmiris want complete independence from India and barely 4-5% want to join Pakistan. The rest want either special status with autonomy in India or complete merger with India or status-quo.

        The importance of the above survey is that it took place in 2010, when the Kashmir Valley had the worst year since the 1990s and it didn’t poll the Kashmiri Pandits who had fled the Valley. Taking these into account, the Azadi seekers are sure to decline in numbers.

        As for Pakistani Kashmir:
        -> Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistani Kashmir is almost entirely Gilgit-Balitistan. Its Shia majority has been subject to sectarian violence by Sunni majority Pakistan, to which India’s Shia Ladakhis have always objected. Almost all residents demand independence from Pakistan.
        -> Azad Kashmir: The tin, narrow strip of land bordering Kashmir Valley is a negligible portion of the entire Kashmir region and it favors independence and Pakistan equally. It is similar to Kashmir Valley with Sunni majority and anti-India people.

        It is an irony that the world sees the Kashmir conflict only from the view of India as the oppressor and Pakistan as the rights-holder. All this while Paki Kashmir continues to burn, hidden from the outside world!
        If their Kashmir issue is not as severe as India’s, it is only because theirs wasn’t funded and highlighted by any nation, unlike how India’s has always been by Pakistan.

        • kashmiri January 21, 2014

          Not a single person in Azad kashmir and gilgit baltistan is fighting against pak except communist of GB who have liberal ideology.. pakistan have not killed 1 lakh people in PaK and GB as india did in.kashmir. why r u people blaming pakistan . They came for our help when we asked for it ..

    • Sardar Faisal February 12, 2014

      Not sure if you can read urdu. if you can then do read. We are proud to be from AJK and we have freed our kashmir from India ourselves

      http://publicawaz.blogspot.com/2014/02/freedom-fighters-of-sudhonuti-during.html

  • Rick December 29, 2011

    What about Pakistan’s actions and occupation of Kashmir?

    • Ua December 31, 2011

      Pakistan’s occupation is not even close to being as brutal and atrocious as India’s. Yes, occupation it is still. Kashmiris want independence from both.

      Pakistan hasn’t killed 80,000 Kashmiris or disappeared 10,000. Nor do they have mass graves on their side of the border.

      • Rahul March 20, 2013

        It’s d pakistan which sends terrorists in the ‘cover-up’ of being jehadis & atleast provide Indian Army an execuse regarding continuance of AFSPA & justification of army presence is validated in Kashmir valley.

        Even China claims Arunachal pradesh as ‘south tibet’,it doesn’t send terror outfits & see the difference as no army is there & ‘peace’ is in the region.

        Why the hell ‘Pakistani’ flags are unfurled in many protests,if so called ‘Kashmiris’ wants an independent state.Don’t have their own identity if such is the case?(India adopted its flag,in Lahore 1930 congress conclave).

        Do the groundwork properly,if really u are serious,as ‘Freedom’ will not come in a charity goblet.

        Similarly,it’s the people of Kashmir who have to condemn Pakistan openly & if they have any grievances with New Delhi,solve it amicably with proper political dialogue.It’s the “Pak’ factor ,which creating all the flutters in the talk process & only justifying the presence of ‘Indian Army’,which many in Kashmir feel the roots of all atrocities.

      • Dilliwala April 13, 2013

        As per 2010 BBC survey, 43% Indian Kashmiris and 45% Pakistani Kashmiris want independence. Wonder why Pakis and the world never talks about the oppression and genocide of Shias in Gilgit-Baltistan.

        In India, J&K is divided into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. While in Pakistan, Kashmir is divided into Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

        2010 BBC survey results:

        -> Ladakh is more than half the area of J&K and almost 70-75% of its population wants complete merger with India. It has Buddhists and Shia Muslims as majority.
        -> Jammu is slightly smaller than Ladakh and has Hindus as majority, followed by Sunni Muslims and Sikhs. 75-80% of its people want complete merger with India.
        -> Kashmir is the tiniest part of J&K, a minor speck on the map of J&K, bordering Pakistan. It has a comprehensive Sunni Muslim majority, thanks to the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits in the early 1990s! Almost 80% of Kashmiris want complete independence from India and barely 4-5% want to join Pakistan. The rest want either special status with autonomy in India or complete merger with India or status-quo.

        The importance of the above survey is that it took place in 2010, when the Kashmir Valley had the worst year since the 1990s and it didn’t poll the Kashmiri Pandits who had fled the Valley. Taking these into account, the Azadi seekers are sure to decline in numbers.

        As for Pakistani Kashmir:
        -> Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistani Kashmir is almost entirely Gilgit-Balitistan. Its Shia majority has been subject to sectarian violence by Sunni majority Pakistan, to which India’s Shia Ladakhis have always objected. Almost all residents demand independence from Pakistan.
        -> Azad Kashmir: The tin, narrow strip of land bordering Kashmir Valley is a negligible portion of the entire Kashmir region and it favors independence and Pakistan equally. It is similar to Kashmir Valley with Sunni majority and anti-India people.

        It is an irony that the world sees the Kashmir conflict only from the view of India as the oppressor and Pakistan as the rights-holder. All this while Paki Kashmir continues to burn, hidden from the outside world!
        If their Kashmir issue is not as severe as India’s, it is only because theirs wasn’t funded and highlighted by any nation, unlike how India’s has always been by Pakistan.

      • indian September 5, 2013

        NOthing to give serious thought on the sponsored articles like this.. To Humanity knowledge, no human being whether dead, alive or yet to born, agrees Pakistani establishment governs pakistan. No power on the earth…. can seperate kashmir from India… it is ours since ages… all agitators are migrants from foreign lands…it is you have to vacate kashmir… understand…

        • Biswajit October 5, 2013

          just want to add something,,,,all these killings and so called tortures and other human right abuses happened since 1989 insurgency,,,,that means before the insurgency kashmir was peaceful,,,,right…..so everyone can understand the reason for these suppression…..remember,,any violent uprising will be dealt violently by the goverment,,,,thats the rule all over the world…..this conflict will continue unless kashmiri people abondon the violent way,,,and pakistan stop exporting terror into india,,,,till then,,,,,,,INDIAN ARMY have the charge…..

  • Rick December 29, 2011

    What about Pakistan’s actions and occupation of Kashmir?

  • Ss Time December 31, 2011

    I think your understanding of kashmir problem is completely flawed. Muslims consider hindus kafir, and only want to co-exist as rulers. That is all. Ask a non-muslim from kashmir, he would say he is indian.
    Your level of understanding is not even high-schoolish, hust like Mrs Roy.
    Indian state inherits brutality from super-babaric west, who transcend middle eastern cruelty by orders of magnitude.

    • Bmasood December 31, 2011

      So you think a good enough dose of killings, torture, and rapes will persuade these muslims to coexist?
       

      • Ss Time January 1, 2012

        where did I say that ?  I have no Idea how to deal with such irrationality. Ask some kashmiri pandits may be they have some good ideas. Kashmir is not the only place where torture, rape and killings occur in India or Indian sub-continent. For that mater they occur all over the earth. Just look at pakistan, syria, iran, afganistan libiya, france, england, china, U.S.A. They are all birds of the same feather. religions are extra-ordinary violent. They cut-off the head of a saudi women, because she was practising pagan rituals.

        • KP January 2, 2012

          Ss Time, stop confusing the issue. Kashmiri pandits do not want Kashmir to be free from India, does not mean that majority population should accept the curse of Indian occupation and tyranny… What is so irrational in demanding end to injustice, inhumanity, indignity?? What Saudi’s and Pakistanis do to its citizens cannot be used as an argument to justify India’s war crimes in Kashmir.

          • Ss Time January 5, 2012

             what muslim fundamentalist did to kashmiri hindu was far worse. If india is using violence, then why do they cry ? muslims in kashmir have done the same thing as they accuse india of doing. 22% pr-partion population of kashmiri pandits has dwindled to less that 1%. I t seems you are with ethnic cleanser. Same has happend in pakistan. All muslim countries are injust to hindus/christians etc. if kashmiris get their freedom, they would do exactly the same. smash hindu temples, declare kashmir the land of pure. What is the solution ? they are the most inhuman, undignified and unjust tnemselves. they should first learn under their shirt. Do you know tht in 1922 there was a voilent incident in gandhi lead struggle. Gandhi suspended the struggle. The leaders of kashmiri struggle believe in the genocidal “tqo nation” theory. grow up man.

          • anonymous January 9, 2012

            KP,
            “majority population should accept the curse of Indian occupation and tyranny?”
            So in your opinion, majority should be free to decide the fate of an issue. Hmm…wonder what you think about the Babri Masjid demolition by majority population? I am an Hindu and I was against that and any other political stunts in India.

            “What is so irrational in demanding end to injustice, inhumanity, indignity”
            Let’s do that together, but that’s not what your focus is, your focus is freedom as Pakistan has proposed to you.

  • Ss Time December 31, 2011

    I think your understanding of kashmir problem is completely flawed. Muslims consider hindus kafir, and only want to co-exist as rulers. That is all. Ask a non-muslim from kashmir, he would say he is indian.
    Your level of understanding is not even high-schoolish, hust like Mrs Roy.
    Indian state inherits brutality from super-babaric west, who transcend middle eastern cruelty by orders of magnitude.

    • Bmasood December 31, 2011

      So you think a good enough dose of killings, torture, and rapes will persuade these muslims to coexist?
       

      • Ss Time January 1, 2012

        where did I say that ?  I have no Idea how to deal with such irrationality. Ask some kashmiri pandits may be they have some good ideas. Kashmir is not the only place where torture, rape and killings occur in India or Indian sub-continent. For that mater they occur all over the earth. Just look at pakistan, syria, iran, afganistan libiya, france, england, china, U.S.A. They are all birds of the same feather. religions are extra-ordinary violent. They cut-off the head of a saudi women, because she was practising pagan rituals.

        • KP January 2, 2012

          Ss Time, stop confusing the issue. Kashmiri pandits do not want Kashmir to be free from India, does not mean that majority population should accept the curse of Indian occupation and tyranny… What is so irrational in demanding end to injustice, inhumanity, indignity?? What Saudi’s and Pakistanis do to its citizens cannot be used as an argument to justify India’s war crimes in Kashmir.

          • Ss Time January 5, 2012

             what muslim fundamentalist did to kashmiri hindu was far worse. If india is using violence, then why do they cry ? muslims in kashmir have done the same thing as they accuse india of doing. 22% pr-partion population of kashmiri pandits has dwindled to less that 1%. I t seems you are with ethnic cleanser. Same has happend in pakistan. All muslim countries are injust to hindus/christians etc. if kashmiris get their freedom, they would do exactly the same. smash hindu temples, declare kashmir the land of pure. What is the solution ? they are the most inhuman, undignified and unjust tnemselves. they should first learn under their shirt. Do you know tht in 1922 there was a voilent incident in gandhi lead struggle. Gandhi suspended the struggle. The leaders of kashmiri struggle believe in the genocidal “tqo nation” theory. grow up man.

          • anonymous January 9, 2012

            KP,
            “majority population should accept the curse of Indian occupation and tyranny?”
            So in your opinion, majority should be free to decide the fate of an issue. Hmm…wonder what you think about the Babri Masjid demolition by majority population? I am an Hindu and I was against that and any other political stunts in India.

            “What is so irrational in demanding end to injustice, inhumanity, indignity”
            Let’s do that together, but that’s not what your focus is, your focus is freedom as Pakistan has proposed to you.

          • anonymous January 9, 2012

            KP,
            “majority population should accept the curse of Indian occupation and tyranny?”
            So in your opinion, majority should be free to decide the fate of an issue. Hmm…wonder what you think about the Babri Masjid demolition by majority population? I am an Hindu and I was against that and any other political stunts in India.

            “What is so irrational in demanding end to injustice, inhumanity, indignity”
            Let’s do that together, but that’s not what your focus is, your focus is freedom as Pakistan has proposed to you.

  • Ahadjoo January 1, 2012

    Kashmir has to be free from the oppression of India other wise India cannot remain what is is boasting about: the largest democracy in the world. Only thing that is preventing this from happening is the lack of interest from the international community. But how long can the nations like the US and the west be ignorant of the facts. The suppression and oppression un-leashed by India in Kashmir shall one day make them to change their stance 

    • Dilliwala April 13, 2013

      You can only type and remain happy. Kashmir is going to be with India. Dream of independence. Attempts towards communal secession will continue to be violently crushed. Kashmiris, Khalistanis, etc. demanding an independent country on religious lines will be butchered with zero tolerance. We will not tolerate the demand of another Pakistan out of the land of our historic Civilization.

  • Ahadjoo January 1, 2012

    Kashmir has to be free from the oppression of India other wise India cannot remain what is is boasting about: the largest democracy in the world. Only thing that is preventing this from happening is the lack of interest from the international community. But how long can the nations like the US and the west be ignorant of the facts. The suppression and oppression un-leashed by India in Kashmir shall one day make them to change their stance 

  • Ahadjoo January 1, 2012

    Kashmir has to be free from the oppression of India other wise India cannot remain what is is boasting about: the largest democracy in the world. Only thing that is preventing this from happening is the lack of interest from the international community. But how long can the nations like the US and the west be ignorant of the facts. The suppression and oppression un-leashed by India in Kashmir shall one day make them to change their stance 

    • Dilliwala April 13, 2013

      You can only type and remain happy. Kashmir is going to be with India. Dream of independence. Attempts towards communal secession will continue to be violently crushed. Kashmiris, Khalistanis, etc. demanding an independent country on religious lines will be butchered with zero tolerance. We will not tolerate the demand of another Pakistan out of the land of our historic Civilization.

  • Rishikesh958 January 4, 2012

    How  can Muslims claim Kashmir, it was not an Arab land. Historically it is connected with India. And  Tara Dorab has not bothered about to give information about the ethnic cleaning of the minority community of Hindus namely Kashmiri Panddits, the Pandits were butchred in Kashmir by the Muslims and rest ran away from Kashmir to Dehi, This is a strange thing, they have to be refugees in their motherland

  • Rishikesh958 January 4, 2012

    How  can Muslims claim Kashmir, it was not an Arab land. Historically it is connected with India. And  Tara Dorab has not bothered about to give information about the ethnic cleaning of the minority community of Hindus namely Kashmiri Panddits, the Pandits were butchred in Kashmir by the Muslims and rest ran away from Kashmir to Dehi, This is a strange thing, they have to be refugees in their motherland

  • anonymous January 9, 2012

    This report offers an insight of Kashmir situation, but unfortunately seems to be very one sided and limited in its approach. Propaganda has driven outsiders to see Indian military presence as the only cause of their current situation and common people over a long period of time have been brainwashed to identify Indian govt as the enemy. 

    Kashmir does not conveniently belong to only those who could live through that period of ethnic cleansing and massive displacement of Kashmiri Pandits.   

    While the military presence, for the sheer number of personnel,  is overwhelming, one could argue that this might be due to the difficult terrain, threats from two bordering countries (India has fought wars with both and they’ve grabbed land from India), forces Indian govt to have such presence in the valley. Not to forget the long period of Pakistan supported terrorism (Bhutto govt has actively sponsored this) in the valley targeting Kashmiri Pandits. This should come as no surprise as Pakistan has now been exposed internationally to be a breeding ground for such terrorist outfits as  LeT etc. 

    The brutality and unfair conditions for Indians in Kashmir have to end,  no doubt that Indian government has neglected the issue for long and has failed with the heavy handed approach to curb militancy in the valley, they must have won the faith of Indians in the valley at the same time.  

    Indian govt is ultimately responsible for the conditions of people in the valley, even though the outside influence within a certain section of people is hard to counter. People get brainwashed with hardliner views in western countries even. All the cases of torture against Indians in the valley need to be reviewed by courts in India and accounted for.  There is no justifying any other approach or result but to punish those reponsible, and I cannot emphasize enough on this point. This issue should be highlighted for the torture and human rights violation in all the international forums, to force Indian government to take right steps.

    People who use victim’s stories as a means to achieve any other goal than justice for the victims crying for freedom are just Pakistani agents and should be identified as such. Please make justice your goal, let’s not play this political game with the people by giving them a false sense of Pakistan advertised freedom.  

    ” If Switzerland can be independent, why not Kashmir?”  Not sure about the validity of that argument.

  • anonymous January 9, 2012

    This report offers an insight of Kashmir situation, but unfortunately seems to be very one sided and limited in its approach. Propaganda has driven outsiders to see Indian military presence as the only cause of their current situation and common people over a long period of time have been brainwashed to identify Indian govt as the enemy. 

    Kashmir does not conveniently belong to only those who could live through that period of ethnic cleansing and massive displacement of Kashmiri Pandits.   

    While the military presence, for the sheer number of personnel,  is overwhelming, one could argue that this might be due to the difficult terrain, threats from two bordering countries (India has fought wars with both and they’ve grabbed land from India), forces Indian govt to have such presence in the valley. Not to forget the long period of Pakistan supported terrorism (Bhutto govt has actively sponsored this) in the valley targeting Kashmiri Pandits. This should come as no surprise as Pakistan has now been exposed internationally to be a breeding ground for such terrorist outfits as  LeT etc. 

    The brutality and unfair conditions for Indians in Kashmir have to end,  no doubt that Indian government has neglected the issue for long and has failed with the heavy handed approach to curb militancy in the valley, they must have won the faith of Indians in the valley at the same time.  

    Indian govt is ultimately responsible for the conditions of people in the valley, even though the outside influence within a certain section of people is hard to counter. People get brainwashed with hardliner views in western countries even. All the cases of torture against Indians in the valley need to be reviewed by courts in India and accounted for.  There is no justifying any other approach or result but to punish those reponsible, and I cannot emphasize enough on this point. This issue should be highlighted for the torture and human rights violation in all the international forums, to force Indian government to take right steps.

    People who use victim’s stories as a means to achieve any other goal than justice for the victims crying for freedom are just Pakistani agents and should be identified as such. Please make justice your goal, let’s not play this political game with the people by giving them a false sense of Pakistan advertised freedom.  

    ” If Switzerland can be independent, why not Kashmir?”  Not sure about the validity of that statement.

  • SG June 29, 2012

    Kashmir’s Frustrted Fighters!
    What abt the no. of innocnet people killed in bomb blasts in many indian cities created by yor militant brothers trained by the illicit lover of  your motherlad Kashmir better known as Pakistan??

  • SG June 29, 2012

    Kashmir’s Frustrted Fighters!
    What abt the no. of innocnet people killed in bomb blasts in many indian cities created by yor militant brothers trained by the illicit lover of  your motherlad Kashmir better known as Pakistan??

  • Shah N. Khan August 15, 2013

    The best solution is to implement the Old UN Resolution and a referendum be held under UN Supervision in both parts of Kashmir giving choice to people of Kashmir if they (1) want to be Independent or (b) to be with India or (c) to be with Pakistan
    Denial this basic human right to people of Kashmir is violation of democratic norms.

  • wanter August 26, 2013

    people of india an pakistan need to understand the feeeling of a kashmiri cetizen

  • asam September 5, 2013

    I am unable to understand where are the human rights organisation which were present in east timor for its independence, which are prparing ground for attack on Syria. Can any body tell me that why Muslims are being Targeted all over the world be it IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PALESTINE, EGYPT ,SYRIA, LIBYA. WE will stand with all human beings ynder oppression.

  • Gowhar September 8, 2013

    Iam 32 years old knowing each and everything about my mother land kashmir, i would like to bring ur attention towords two small villages NUNAN and POSHPORA KUPWARA KASHMIR…. It waz 23 febuary 1991 when 4th rajput indian solders corden the two small villages and asked males to come out from there houses, i dont have words to define what we have lost in a single night? But beeing a humman and keeping hope that there will be some one who would like to know the truth of india,
    In the night they gangeraped our mothers sisters and few kids here, they gangeraped from the age of 14 to 70 years of womens here, How could we forget that horible night when we lost each and everthing, atlest 91 womens were gangeraped by indian solders from 11pm till 8am next morning, since from that date no justice at all?
    We too are humman’s like you, we too have emmotions like you, we too have mother and sister like you , then why this injustice is in kashmir.
    GO INDIA GO BACK LEAVE OUR KASHMIR.

  • Mir Rasool September 12, 2013

    kashmir needs freedom from India and time will come soon, kashmir is disputed territory no body can deny, kashmir(Indian occupied) has its own Constitution and its own national flag different from India which shows Kashmir is disputed territory and still needs to be resolved for your kind information over all muslium population in J&k (IOK) is 80% so 80 people of jammua and kashmir (Indian occupied) want to be free and want to get freedom from India and they had till date gave 100000 young boys for this freedom movement

  • kumar October 6, 2013

    Kashmiri is an integral part of Indian, History is the proof that every state was a in depend state and started to merge to become UNITED INDIA. And the same opportunity was given to Kashmir also, and it merged as part of India with some autonomous rule and it has its own and its been respected till now . When some says Pakistan hasn’t killed Kashmiris that the beauty of them they will make us to do the work for them by pumping terrorist and mindless jehadis.What can army do when pak say Kashmir belongs to them because the majority are Muslims. IF that the case then takes Dubai and Sudai majority of population is Muslims can they ask them to be part of Pak. If they ask they will kick them on they buts. Do any one know how many people did pak killed in occupied kashmir or its inmates. Every country has its own dark side in protecting its country. Just think why did Army has to enter into Kashmir ? why people never helped army to uphold the soverginity of India. Why did Kashmiris didn’t felt that pinch when helping Pakistan . Then how should army know who is pak ? and who is our Kashmir. If Kashmir was just left like that pak army would come and occupy and they would plot against india and nothing would have been done as if Kashmiris protected again pakistan when they occupied part of Kashmir. IF some says that Pakistan are so nice , so try to go in occupied Kashmir and tell the Pakistan to hand over the occupied land to Kashmir then lets let see how army of Pakistan welcome this talk and will handover the land . Or they will make 20,000 to kill or more to disappear.

  • siddharth November 5, 2013

    Its all started when during 1947 just after the independence of India and Pakistan,
    Pakistan sent irregular troops to take over the control of Kashmir before Independent state of Kashmir decided to join India. Pakistan didn’t able to digest the fact that a Muslim majority state wants to join a secular nation Indian. If Pakistan haven’t sent troops and polarised the kashmir, Kashmir would be a world class tourist destination like rest of the India.

    • India November 12, 2013

      The Kashmiri separatists were very confident that they would get independance by rebelling against India in 1989 with the support of Pak. So the militants waged a war against India. War against the nation is the utmost crime in any country. India did respond to the terrorism / war by whatever means it felt suitable at that time. By mid-1990’s India broke the back of the militancy. After defeat and much loss, these same militants are now crying innocence and alleging Indian Army of atrocities..How ridiculous ! So what did they expect, call war on the nation and expect carrots in return ?

  • Gourav sharma November 17, 2013

    But jammu people wants jammu becomes a different state by left the kashmir

  • mudasir December 2, 2013

    indian terrorism in kashmir.

  • nazir sheikh December 12, 2013

    india call itself biggest democracy on earth they donot feel shame at all saying or calling themselve democratic raping innocent womens or girls even their worst then nazi cruel acts agaist humanity killing innocent humen beings there will be no peace on this earth till the super powers they call themselve super because they have the most dangerous weapons to scare and destroy kill millions when ever and whereever they want they supply horrible weapons to their favouretones to kill the others on the name of peace then how could be peace on this earthwithout justice they looking for other life in other stars then they might kill them too to occupy their world all those countries and super powers should realize that instead of weapons they should create love and peace

    • nick January 27, 2014

      Why you keep forgetting that Srinagar and JK was a Hindu Kingdom and the historical sites of 7th Century are proof it being a Hindu State and it were the Muslims that came in disguise of traders and friends and finally forced Islam on Srinagar and Rest of India…

  • Amit December 22, 2013

    Kashmir is an integral part of India and will not yield an inch. We will get it back even if there is a third and final Indo-Pak war or even World War III and that too very soon! If Mexicans invaded Texas, would the Americans keep quiet??

  • nick January 27, 2014

    Why you keep forgetting that Srinagar and JK was a Hindu Kingdom and the historical sites of 7th Century are proof it being a Hindu State and it were the Muslims that came in disguise of traders and friends and finally forced Islam on Srinagar and Rest of India…if you can cry for violation of Palestinian Rights then why do partiality with Hindus of Srinagar and the Hindus tortured in Pakistan..

  • Sardar Faisal February 12, 2014

    Freedom fight by Kashmiris. How they planned and fought indian army

    http://publicawaz.blogspot.com/2014/02/freedom-fighters-of-sudhonuti-during.html

  • Puran raina. April 2, 2014

    There are 2 eras which i consider essential for the origins of kashmir.
    One era was bef ore the armed insurgency took its uprising in the jannat-e-benazir, when there was peace, happiness, solidarity, union ,no descrimination,equality,prosperity. This was the time when kashmiris had not choosen altomat kalashnikov as their sacred weapon for independence of kashmir and second era was when insurgency took place and pandits were thrown out of their ancestral land by raining bullets,attrocities,killings,raper,murders,kidnappings,abductions on those pandits which never selected violence as their medium. . . I would say only one thing had the people of kashmir not supported militants there may not be any kind of attrocity on kashmiris,once shabnam ghani lone said in a press discussion that the ,”the seeds sowned by indian governance in kashmir would one day pour its fruits”. That is true ,” the seeds sowned by the local kashmiris for separation of pandits would one day pour down its fruit” and the present conflict in kashmir valley is the same pouring down of fruit from the earlier seeds sowned by locals….
    Let me tell u one thing only politicians had got benefit from this turmoil and first pandits and then local muslims are the real sufferers of this conflict. . . . . India is great but its governance on the disputed state of j and k is what makes india cheap in the minds of j and k people.

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