India: Desperation Could Lead to Unprecedented Catastrophe
In the recent past, the last Kashmir Maharaja Hari Singh´s son Yuvraj Karan Singh reminded India of the fact that the government is weakening its claim on Kashmir by refusing to look at the international dimensions to the issue. Karan Singh urged the government to abstain from stating that the political instability in Kashmir was an internal matter of India. While insisting on restoration of the dialogue process with Pakistan, Mr. Singh stressed that on October 27, 1947, when his father Maharaja Hari Singh signed an Instrument of Accession with India, the development happened on three principles — that only Defence, Communications and Foreign Affairs would be handled by India, and the rest will be under the Kashmir state.
The other historical statement contrarily talks about purported ‘instrument of accession´ signed in presence of Mehr Chand Mahajan and VP Menon in Jammu Palace after Maharaja fled Kashmir with all his paraphernalia. The said document never produced on international level having no authenticity leaves a question mark.
In a fresh bid to draw world attention to barbarous occupation; the youth of Kashmir for the last 114 days brave continuous military curfews, mortalities through use of sophisticated weapons especially the pellet guns snatching the eye sight of hundreds of young and old. The stone-pelters making their point displaying unyielding resistance forced India to go on the back foot. Indian desperation smearing the popular uprising is an attempt to opportunely divert the attention of world to terrorism.
Pakistan says its defence capabilities are impregnable as deliberate border skirmishes, falsely claimed surgical strikes and huge financial investments made within Pakistan to derail the political process hoping to have it declared as a failed state have caused Pakistan´s enemies a lot of frustration and desperation. Pakistan´s track-record tells us that the present political situation, in comparison, is precarious and sensitive for army to take over as for now its inability to stage a comeback is the question political pundits´ in Pakistan dread and are even hesitant to discuss.
The statement issued by northern command in Indian occupied Kashmir saying "Hundreds of missing Kashmiri youth have joined militant ranks fighting Indian army to seek independence", is quite disturbing and alarming as the political resistance leadership fear for the lives of thousands of such stone-pelting young men picked up by Indian army to dispense them in torture chambers of various Indian prisons. Over 10,000 young men recently arrested and lodged in different jails of India does not deter more to join in to fight using bricks and stones. The uprising continues with fervour and enthusiasm with no letup, whatsoever. The number of young and old picked up during night raids is yet unknown as military curfew restrictions in place makes it difficult to determine the actual number of victims disappeared.
As reported by The Hindu.com; more loyal than the king Indian minister MJ Akbar in a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to India managed to extract a statement from Riad Abbas like "India and Syria are on the same page on international issues". Stressing on the historical relationship the two countries have, minister Akbar missed to mention the ever growing bonded relationship taking precedence on all other relationships on international level between India and Israel. India has been following Israeli expertise and know-how strictly to deal with minorities especially Muslims in India. In spite of all this diplomatic costly exercise Syria avoided the Indian rhetoric to support Indian long cherished dream line "Kashmir is an integral part of India".
Chairman Military Committee NATO, General Peter Pavel, on a recent visit to Pakistan, said world cannot remain indifferent to Kashmir issue. While lauding Pakistan army´s efforts to launch counter-terrorism operations with impressive results; General Pavel said the world and the UN have to be consistent on principles and rules. "India was creating problems resorting to double standards on the issue of Kashmir", General Pavel was briefed. "The Kashmir issue has to be addressed as two nuclear powers are party to it and the world cannot remain indifferent and must be concerned," Chairman Military Committee NATO said.
India´s one million strong army spread to length and breadth of Kashmir has miserably failed to contain or control the uprising showing no signs of giving in to the brute force used to quell the spontaneous will to fight to the finish. The political pressure on India is mounting and India, it seems, is using ludicrous forms of subterfuge to ward off the international pressure.
The world powers political interest in South-East Asia has its own dimensions and India seems to have misunderstood the support it receives in the fields of science and technology, economic benefits or military hardware. Pakistan in the neighbourhood coming up in a big way thwarts Indian attempt to emerge as super power in the region. India realises that China already a super power has managed to keep India busy with a force to reckon with Pakistan and understands that China is too huge for it to worry about. Under the circumstances, any small or big Indian military misadventure can without fail result in uncontrollable catastrophe.
It is in India´s vital interest to listen to the voices coming out from within the country that dialogue is the only way to settle the long standing issues especially Kashmir that will guarantee peace throughout the region. The political decisions based on emotions guided by nostalgia will only worsen the situation leading to perilous outcome. India needs to understand that Israel is a constitutional commitment and integral to US political interests whereas India is in a temporary alliance that can change without any ceremony and fanfare.