MR. MODI’S ARRIVAL IN MAQBOOZA KASHMIR IS NOT WELCOME: HABIB YOUSAFZAI, CHAIRMAN KASHMIR DIASPORA ALLIANCE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and, the Indian government should take note that the Mr. Modi’s arrival in Kashmir alias Maqbooza Kashmir [also known as the Internationally Disputed Areas of Jammu Kashmir (IDA:JK)] is not welcome. The fact of the matter remains that the Indian government, Mr. Modi, and also subsequent governments have failed to stop, let alone reverse the justices being committed within the occupied territory. This is not surprising because Kashmir plays a crucial geostrategic role in its bid for hegemony, and that Mr. Modi’s hands themselves are soaked with the blood of innocence.
One must not forget that it was Modi who essentially facilitated and ordered the massacre of thousands of Muslims in Gujarat just a few years back. It is ironic that the leader of the Indian state would celebrate Diwali in the very territory in which no celebrations need take place, and where the last thing on the populations mind is celebration. Are the people of Maqbooza Kashmir in any situation to celebrate with India’s Prime Minister? Rampant discrimination, open murder of the local populace with over 200,000 murdered, and a mere existence as a second class citizen is common place. Despite the attempted symbolism, there is nothing to celebrate!
Rather than focusing on demographic changes with occupied territories, or further establishing a hegemonic presence, the Indian state must take a few steps forward towards the peace process. This requires keeping human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democratic principles. Without these intact, with so many suffering; what Diwali, what celebration?