Sanjay Kak the author of “Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir” said in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now on 18th March 2013; “You can see the end of democracy in what’s happening in Kashmir”, when he was asked, how does what happens in Kashmir affect what happens in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan?
Definitely, what happened in Kashmir had affected India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in a historical perspective. And what is happening there from a week or so is terrible. In words of Arundhati Roy, “Every aspect of life (in Kashmir), whether it’s joyous or otherwise, is sort of diverted through the military… in India, there has never, ever been a conscientious objector in the army. And what they are doing to people (of Kashmir) is terrible”.
Though the Indian forces claimed the death of Burhan Wani and his companions a great victory but what it has done to Kashmir and Kashmiris was far beyond their expectations. It has ignited a new wave of anger in Jammu and Kashmir and has exposed the silence of international players on the brutality of Indian forces.
According to Reuters India vows more tough action, and aid, to tackle the Kashmir conundrum but the question remains, will more brutality and tough actions help India cope the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir. The history tells that no matter how tough actions they had taken, the end result was always a renewed anger for the freedom.
What’s happening in Kashmir is affecting the world like never before. This is not 1989 anymore and no matter how long the international players remain silent, people of the world would see, speak and react. They would speak for the right of self-determination of Kashmiris and against the brutality of the Indian forces. They would speak like they did after the killing of at least 33 innocent Kashmiris in less than a week time. What’s happening in Kashmir won’t cease in Kashmir. It will spread through twitter with hashtags like #IAmBurhan and #PakistanStandWithKashmir, and it will spread via Facebook and other social platforms in forms of photos and videos.
What’s happening Kashmir if not stopped will ultimately collapse the so-called Indian democracy. It is flashpoint which could burn the whole South Asia if not addressed. What international players particularly the United States needs to do in this regard is stop calling this an internal issue of India. This is clearly not an internal issue of India but a multilateral dispute over the mountains territory of Jammu and Kashmir. In which Kashmiris are on party and India and Pakistan are the others. For many, it is perhaps a territorial dispute but for Kashmiris, it is a matter of life and death. It is a matter of seeking the right of self-determination and live according to one’s own political will.
Maybe it is difficult for the Indian policy makers at this stage to understand that suppressing Kashmiris against their will is not in the good interest of India in a long run. But people of India like Sanjay Kak, Arundhati Roy and many more who spoke for the rights of Kashmiris through documentaries like “Jashan-e-Azadi” and books like “Until My Freedom Has Come: The New Intifada in Kashmir” had actually raised
Story first published: 18th July 2016