G. N. Fai of Kashmiri American Council who is being silenced in a bizzare manner is reportedly a conspiracy hatched by Indian RAW seeking help from its new masters to put Kashmir again on back burner to gain time.
India, in the past, very cleverly, used erstwhile Soviet Union’s veto power to thwart all attempts by United Nations through its various Resolutions to allow people of Kashmir a plebiscite to choose their political future. This action has always been scuttled by India using brute military force to subjugate people against their will.
More than one hundred thousand men, women and children have been killed in a matter of 22 years (Indian official figure is seventy thousand Muslims dead). Scores of women raped; billions worth of property burnt and razed to break the will of Kashmiri people and the process on on unabated.
In the recent past, the reference to Kashmir by OIC as 'occupied territory' caused a ripple effect in India and a statement or two on the highest level sufficed to calm the situation to follow the policy of ‘appeasement’ coinciding the visit of Madam Clinton followed by a visit of Ms Khar, foreign Minister of Pakistan.
The Kazakhstan meet had its symbolisms allowing, at least, to create an awareness to tell half of the world about Indian democracy that is on display in Kashmir. Not that the other half does not know what is happening but this other half has its palm greased on all occasions and then why not, all are in business.
OIC reference to Kashmir as an independent nation was well timed, as it knows the historical fact, that Kashmir has been an independent nation before Indian occupation having its constitution, two houses of parliament and its own army of the King Yousuf Shah Chak or the Dogra rulers down the line to Maharaja Hari Singh. In comparison, independent India had its constitution drafted much later in early fifties by Dalit leader Baba Sahib Ambedkar.
Freedom fighters of Kashmir are referred to by India as 'terrorists and separatists' in the same manner as British called Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev as terrorists and separatists having the same label. Kashmir has had a long history of betrayals and the last one, in a crafty manner, was offered by Pandit Nehru in 1947 using the services rendered by Mountbattens, Dwarkanath Kachru, V P Menon, Mehr Chand Mahajan assisted, abetted and helped by a caucus of elite Kashmiri Pandit bureaucrats.
India, generally, quotes examples of Muslim countries devoid of ‘democratic system of government’ to justify its actions as a ‘viable democracy’ and we have seen this democracy working vis a vis Muslims of Meerut, Jabalpur, Aligarah, Thana Bhiwindi, Jaipur, Christian belt of North-East, Naxalites, Maoists, Assam, Modi's Gujarat and above all razed Babri Masjid to satisfy sentimental Hindu mythological nostalgia.
Kashmiris visiting abroad have no alternative but to travel on Indian passport out of compulsion, in the same manner Gandhi travelled to South Africa as an employee of Abdullah Seth or Nehru and all other Indians who travelled on British Indian passports. Kashmiri Muslims travelling in and out of Kashmir have huge stories to tell about the hardship and treatment meted out to them at India High Commissions and Consulates, by its staff.
India’s military machine has led to arrogance for some to even brag about a 'dressing down' formulae to intimidate and browbeat OIC members but the saner elements do realize that India needs oil and gas to carry on living in the world like any other nation to survive and cannot afford adventures or political jingoism.
An impression is created that a small minority of people in Kashmir ask for independence and majority like to stay with India and if this is the reality then India must not lose this opportunity and allow Kashmir to hold a plebiscite under international supervision so that Kashmir becomes Indian property lock, stock and barrel.
About the writer:
Ameer Tarin, associated with freedom movement, hails from Kashmir. He is a writer involved with voluntary effort to create an awareness on international level to expose India's machinations.