Every time a country’s government states that, it has the situation under control, the ground reality is almost always far different. The requirement of having troops on the ground that too by the large multitude speaks volumes about the kind of peace that is present in the atmosphere of Kashmir today. A beautiful scenic valley with equally beautiful people residing within the bosom of lush green midsize hills, with clean transparent water running in the midst, has never seen a single day of peace since the partition. The clear water has become bloodied with the sacrifices of thousands of citizens, brutally detained without charge and killed in cold blood, by the occupation forces of India.
The world’s largest democracy may deny these claims going as far as saying that the large number of army men present in the province are there for another reason altogether and the people generally welcome and accept their presence as guardians of peace. The armed forces, the narrative of the Indian government would read are there fighting against the harbingers of disorder –the Kashmiri insurgency. They recently made an example out of a supposed member of the insurgency, Burhan Wani, murdering him in his home without any trial and any chance to put up a defense for himself.
It has become a trend nowadays: the drone style execution through which many governments around the world justify killing political and ideological opponents under the premise of the war on terror.
When 9/11 took place, it opened up the stage for the execution of a whole roadmap that would entail the complete and total disregard on basic and fundamental rights. Although the result would be that the U.S would eventually fall out of course with regards to the purging of civil rights, it would again be forcefully pushed back on track or at least its direction would be set straight based on me influence of a strong campaign by rights groups. When the US was on a decisive course however, another country decided to follow suit. Presenting their image all over the world as a haven for equality and democratic rights, the country where people still get killed for suspicion of having consumed beef, India cleverly managed to dodge international pressure and use the opportunity to strip Kashmiris of their rights branding anyone that would oppose the regime as a terrorist. This new loophole would allow them to continue their ruthless war on the people vis a vis projecting their campaign to gain membership in various international forums and organizations becoming part of which requires stringent adherence to the preservation of human rights.
The Indian people were also largely fooled led on by a government that attempt to use the emotion of hate to empower its ruthless agenda, the people have created in the form of Kashmir in their minds the presence of a phantom that seeks to destabilize the entire country. Instead, the people have yet to realize that the war in Kashmir or the war in any other country seeks to enrich only the elites that have developed a sizeable stake and large corporations of private individuals that benefit off the blood of others chip their gold into advertisements, movies and into the development of a general structure that seeks to dissuade any advance in peace and sway the overall opinion in the negative.
The common folk, millions of which are uneducated, illiterate and who don’t even have access to a proper toilet, would happily trace their vote for a color T.V are also cleverly duped into supporting this costly and long running war. The whole notion that might is the solution to a geopolitical issue has fallen out of favor with a large majority of the public as a huge number of years have passed since the start of the insurgency and not a single day can be seen in which infighting and violence has not occurred. The denial of problems within the bureaucratic structure, civil judiciary and the policing mechanism and the dumping of every blame onto Pakistan is the evidence of the complete braked own of New Delhi’s tactical superiority over the issue. Killing Burhan Wani might have been planned but the murdering of 50 civilians protesting his death was a clear sign of desperation and disorder within the own ranks of the occupation forces.
The manner in which members of the civil leadership turned out, negating the official narrative of a terrorist Wani displays the kind of support the insurgency enjoys. Using firepower to control the opinion of a popular movement only strengthens the image of India as an expert oppressor. If India is so adamant in resurrecting its relationship with the Kashmiris it needs to identify the first issue members of the public are bringing to light and can be absorbed very quickly – the right of freedom and restoration of democratic rights. The province requires becoming completely autonomous – This seems to be the only way forward, the Pakistani Kashmir enjoys complete autonomy from the Federal government and has no presence of armed units patrolling the streets in a bid to fight off insurgent elements since even a future appearance of an insurgency would enjoy zero popular support. Thus, India also needs to withdraw the armed forces from the region and bring to trial all the elements within the armed forces and the civil bureaucracy that have been involved in countless abuses of their extended emergency judicial and executive powers. This would give the people confidence in the ability of the Indian government to present their rights.
The image India is trying to build of itself in the world will only be a grand illusion of its perceived fantasies regarding its own value unless it seeks to resolve the Kashmir crises. India will never be able to transition towards a full democratic state given the horrible track record of human rights abuses and minority suppression. The quick fix double tape solution that involves using the influence of powerful Indian individuals settled in rich first world nations may work temporarily, but the power of history and time will shake down any institutions built upon the principle of oppression.