The trial.

The general public comes to know about the daily issues mainly through the media. The UN human rights committee has recognized that the media plays a significant role in a democratic society. It is the duty of the media to inculcate within the masses with values and beliefs that shall integrate societies.

But in India, everything goes downhill. A new era of media reporting has been ushered in. Media in India has no longer remained an objective and impartial entity which otherwise must provide truthful and objective information to the people, that shall help the masses in forming rational opinions which is sine qua non in a democracy. Rather, huge caches of biased and flawed presentations are routinely aimed at the masses. It is mainly because the levers of power are in the hands of state. The media is monopolistically being controlled and often adjuncted by malicious censorship against those who don’t confirm to their vitriolic propaganda. The daily taming of the mainstream media across India is happening under everyone’s nose. Media in today’s India is clearly serving the state, not the nation, and the dominant elite.

It is in persuarance of the ruling party’s agenda, India is these days witnessing a steady flow of radical nationalists on media channels which confirms the fact that at the moment India is witnessing a cunning but sturdy method of providing experts who say what establishment wants said. Not only this, but the quality coverage has also been designed to score political points. For example, not considering the kind of coverage given to the Kashmir conflict, in the present ongoing farmers agitation 6 farmers were killed during the protests which are blamed on police and CRPF by the farmers but the media channels have already absolved the state machinery from this crime, obviously by citing the official sources.

In a healthy democracy, and not in a farce one, the official sources are overcome or weakened by the highly revered unofficial sources that give dissident views. But this problem has already been cunningly tackled by the Indian media channels by adopting experts, whose reasoning capacity echoes between the two walls of red cheeks and Dalali.

The dissident opinion is being repressed viciously. The media has worn the jingoistic robe which has made them the opinion spindoctors. They do so by taking a set of assumptions supported by the so called experts which reflect their basic idea of the propaganda model and then they feed the people a wide range of debates within that Kafkaesque framework. The framework also includes insults and ridicule for the non-conformists on live shows. The Indian media have institutionalized such low standards. This sort of operational procedure adopted by the media reinforces and authenticates the “set of assumptions” and has so far successfully ingrained in the minds of Indian people and the outcome of which is that people today are saying that it is better to be a cow than being a Muslim or Dalit in India.

This points out that at present, India is facing a citizenship deficit. The Indian state considers some Indians as citizens which are tirelessly being willfully indoctrinated by abusing Indian mainstream media and the rest are treated as subjects who lack all the privileges that are available to the citizens. Additionally, furthering the state agenda, Indian media have started to worship blind nationalism, which has concluded in dividing the Indian people into two categories conformists and non conformists viz. those who accept the ruling parties communal agenda and serves their interests and those who do not, respectively. What seems more intriguing is that the conformist victims are featured prominently and are humanized by moulding the context and details of their stories so that the readers sympathize with them. In contrast, non conformist victims get a slight detail, minimal humanization and meagre space and context that excites and enrages the people.

A good example of “conformist” Indian is the recently Honored Major Gogoi who was decorated with gallantry medal for taking an unarmed innocent Kashmiri as a human shield, which is illegal according to the “laws of land as well as the international laws”. It also exposed the myopic and selective reporting against the non-conformists, since most of the Kashmiris are considered to be so. On one side India has invoked international laws at ICJ in order to protect Kulbhushan Yadav, but on the other side it is shredding the provisions of the same international laws (Geneva Convention) which prohibits using humans as shields irrespective of the nature of the situation. The Indian state and it’s subsidiaries which is it’s media, have sent out a message, loud and clear.

 

All this is being done on the basis of fabrications and biased opinions and when such themes collapse of its own burden, the media channels quietly close the topic and move to the another topic. For example, the GPS chip in new Rs 2000 note and the radioactive ink in it was aired by major news channels in India and later they hid their heads in their tails when it was proved to be a mere imagination. This had made India and it’s media a laughing stock at the international level as well, thereby ruining the image and credibility of both.

It is high time for the Indian media to come out of their A.C. equipped war rooms and introspect if they are being abused by a political party for dessiminating their political agenda at the cost of media’s credibility. The jingoistic mindset is not going to take either the Indian media or the state of India to any heights, rather it is and will keep deterring the interests of India at home and aboard, equally; which is rightly noted by Mr. Markanday Katju that many people in India and abroad have been saying that Indian media have become irresponsible and wayward, and needs to be reined in.

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The Kashmir Puzzle : Simplifying Jamhooriyat, Kashmiriyat and Insaniyat.

​Kashmir is experiencing a steep rise in the militant activities and violence. All the claims of normalcy have been exploded by recent incidents and the ongoing uprising. All the strategies of Indian state to control the resistance movement proved to be futile and yet they are being applied time and again. Result of this misdirected approach is that with every passing day the situation is becoming increasingly alarming.

If a black Smith is given the job of a gold Smith he can produce anything but ornaments. It is quite obvious that his tools are meant to mould the iron. Roughness and strength are indispensable components of his sickle. Fine articulation, skill and technique needed for making ornaments cannot expected from him.

But in kashmir, the assignments which were supposed to be carried out by the democratically elected government are taken the forces who are trained to kill and whose curriculum simply revolve around this trade. The events in the past and which are happening today force us to assume that in kashmir we have a dejure democratically elected government to give a cover to the defacto military rule.

Indian establishment seems to be one among those who refuse to be objective. Resolution through meaningless talks under the garb of Jamhooriyat, Kashmiriyat and Insaniyat only provide a modus operandi, and not the solution itself. Those who are least concerned in the kashmir dispute can suggest such a way out. But for the people of kashmir for whom the resolution of kashmir dispute is a matter of life and death, it is a fuitile exercise unless it reflects the wishes of kashmiri masses. As a matter of fact it cannot be ruled out that offer of negotiations is not motivated by sincere desire for seeking a resolution but an attempt to keep the leadership in a fuitile exercise of talks. This is often used to provide a cover and to buy some more time to break the will of the resistance through extensive use of force.

Within India and Kashmir, there have been some propagandist intellectuals who consistently concoct stories and interpret events to the liking of the Indian policy makers. That is why they are now projecting the kashmiriyat to serve various purposes. It serves as a proxy for Indian nationalism, where it becomes undefendable. Secondly, it changes the demography of the resistance movement and confines it to the kashmiri speaking areas only. Since kashmiriyat is a common thread between the communities based in kashmir only and not the ones living beyond it, a solution on the basis of kashmiriyat makes people of Poonch, Doda, Rajouri and Kargil irrelevant to any discourse related to a solution based on this analogy.

In order to create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue, there must be the respect for basic human rights, which are inalienable.

But the constant harrasment, killing etc. of innocent Kashmiris who are demanding the realization of a basic internationally recognized human right i.e. right to self determination, has also grounded India’s claims of being world’s largest democracy. Instead of being rehabilitative, Indian state is being punitive to the people of kashmir which shreds the India’s slogan of Insaniyat.

Time and again, the separatist political leaders have been put under constant house arrest and in such a way India has narrowed down the political space of such leaders right from the inception, thereby punishes them for holding a different ideology other than that of the Indian state, which makes one realize the Jamhooriyat in Kashmir.

It is not that I am biased against the Indian security forces , but the atrocities committed by India were confirmed by the CM herself from the podium of Independence day celebrations where she accepted that Indian army used to use Kashmiri’s as shields during encounters and in a media briefing she accepted that SOG used to take innocent Kashmiris for forceful labour which is just the tip of the Ice-Berg. Mehbooba also made a delusioned claim that the incidents of 2010 and 2016 are different, which is totally wrong. The context of both the uprisings is the same which is the atrocities committed upon the innocent Kashmiris. The difference lies in the cause of bursting the bubble. In 2010, it was the Machil fake encounter, Shopian dual rape and murder etc which instigated the people to protest against the atrocities, and in 2016 the instigation came from the events like talks on creation of separate colonies, cat-pigeon analogy and finally by the encounter of much loved Burhan Wani. The constant denial of justice by Indian state has further helped in alleviating the present crisis. Peace without justice is impossible. 

India’s rhetoric that Kashmir issue is a law and order situation which can be solved by financial packages and jobs proves that indian state’s vision with respect to Kashmir is suffering from a serious illness. It is pertinent to mention here that the irony is ruling the state at the moment as the two coalition partners in the state have 2 opinions on this issue and yet they are sharing the power corridors. The denial of Indian state to accept that Kashmir is a political issue is pushing the kashmir’s future into a political quagmire and it also reaffirms the Indian state’s non-seriousness in solving the kashmir issue. It can further be measured by the fact that instead of banning the use of force, the state is replacing the pellet guns with some other weapon. Why aren’t they equally dedicated in solving the issue so that the need to use such guns or grenades do not arise?

Source of sustenance of the movement is not the human body nor the material it avails but faith whose control is beyond the capacity of any ruthless force. Army can kill the militants, but not the militancy. Indian home minister’s statement that India’s future is not possible without Kashmir, least to say, is manipulative and also the nationhood of India should not be so fragile as to crumble with any solution of the kashmir dispute. Kashmir demands a forthright policy aimed at resolving the dispute once for all. The policies of Indian government are responsible for the upsurge of the hostile situation which they faced in 2010 and are facing at the moment. It’s policies towards kashmir suffers from an error of generalization.

BJP right now is facing the catch 22 situation with respect to kashmir issue. Fearing annihilation like that of Field Marshall ayub Khan and Bhutto after the Tashkent and Shimla agreements, respectively, BJP is not taking any bold steps as they fear that it may make them to pay a huge price in the upcoming elections, and if they stop talking about fulfilling CBM’s then their coalition in Kashmir will be at stake. This being the reason, they are not coming clean on holding dialogue with the separatist political leaders.

Instead of using force, India must try to rehabilitate the wounded hearts of Kashmiris. There are three ways to win over a heart viz. muscle, brain and heart. India has tried both muscle and brain now it is time to give heart a chance.

Sino-Pak Relations and Indian Diplomacy

India was first to recognize china and both remained close for quite some time. China became suspicious about India as soon as Indians facilitated a meeting of Dalai Lama with some American officials. And soon, the “Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai” slogan got altered into Hindi-Chini hostility. China attacked India and Indian defenses could not withstand Chinese attack. Nehru had a shock from which he never recovered up to his death. Pakistan was looking for such an eventuality. It got close to China and facilitated their communications with Americans thus developed Pak-China access.

Pakistan and china decided to construct Karakorum highway giving access to China to Pakistan and to the Middle East. This deal infuriated the Soviet Union and India took advantage of the Pakistani mistakes of denying democracy in its eastern wing and became instrumental in its dismemberment and creation of Bangladesh in 1971. Pakistan became more insecure and got more close to Chinese. During Afghan Jihad, China and Pakistan again collaborated and it finally culminated into defeat and departure of Soviet Union troops from Afghanistan.

China and Pakistan along with America remained instrumental in the debacle of the Soviet Union and this way Pakistan took revenge from Soviet Union. In post Afghan war era, Americans finding their objectives accomplished wanted Pakistanis to dismantle the Jihadi Network. This demand became profound in post 9/11 scenario. Pakistan as usual kept on supporting Americans as well as Taliban. Americans too departed from Afghanistan only after discovering that Osama-Bin-Laden was a hoax perpetuated in the Pakistani captivity. A trust deficit increased between U.S and Pakistan, leaving Pakistan a bit isolated. Chinese took the advantage of this isolation and in a bid to woo Pakistan, offered huge amounts of investments in exchange of trade corridor between China and Arabian Sea.

The connectivity between Kashgar port in China and Gawdar port in Pakistan has opened a vast China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which is of huge significance, as it runs through one of the most important and vital geostrategic locations in South-Asia. Gawdar port directly affects the Dubai port, which will lose 70% business after the Gawdar port becomes fully functional. It will also affect the Chahbahar Port, as Gawdar is world’s largest deepwater sea port where Ships of large tonnage can also anchor. Taking advantage of such a move by Pakistan, India got closer to Iran and Afghanistan and signed an accord to build a trade and transport corridor, designating Chahbahar Port as hub. By doing this, India is trying to counter the China-Pakistan alliance and its expanding influence in the Indian Ocean region.

Implications of this corridor will be long term as china which previously posed “security hazards” to India along eastern coast now will be able to become a “potent threat” to India even on its western shores. The western shore is important because it remains life line of India. All fuel supplies and trade with Europe and Middle East is done through western Shores. Any disruptions in these supplies can cripple the Indian economy and defense.

India has always treated Pakistan as a hostile neighbor. The relation of hostility needs to be transformed into relation of cooperation and coordination; the trauma which Pakistani state is suffering because of its dismemberment from its eastern wing needs to be healed. By signing the accords with Iran and Afghanistan, India is again committing the same mistake of alienating Pakistan which pushes it more towards China. Iran and Afghanistan are no serious threats to Pakistan. Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan after its independence. Prior to 1979, both the countries had great relations: they were the members of Cento, formed RCD (RCO) along with Turkey and during India-Pakistan 1965 war Iran sided with Pakistan. Post 1979 events may have changed the Iran-Pakistan relations but it has not ended the relations. During his recent visit, the President of Iran mentioned the utilization of Chahbahar and Gawdar ports to handle increased trade activity between the two nations and urged Pakistan to build the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline on its side. The visit of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and the consequent signing of 6 MoU’s and $5 billion trade pact is the witness to the fact that the Iran-Pakistan relations are rejuvenating once again. And in such a situation, India’s estimation of tackling Pakistan via Chahbahar port is nothing but a Faux Pas.

 Pakistan should be wielded away from the Chinese influence by offering similar packages and sense of security by India. In that context resolution of outstanding disputes can help in a big way. We should not forget that west transformed china from an iron curtained radical hostile power into an investment paradise by returning it Hong-Kong despite the fact that the population of Hong-Kong was skeptical about the return to China.

Radicalized: Am I?

More important than declarations are actions, such as making development for all possible and upholding the democratic rights of the citizens. But as soon as Narendra Modi led BJP came to power the political paradigm in India changed and the scholarly brigade of the BJP started to roll out their kind of terminology. It is not that the previous government was without a blemish, but the state of affairs was not as grave as it is now in India. The BJP brigade started to target the people on the basis of their eating behavior and even on holding ideas other than the BJP’s, as their politics spins around communalizing the society or in a way we can call it “radicalizing” the youth. In a recent statement given by INC’s Tom Vadakkan, on an NDTV show, he said that the “radicalization has become an industry”, and he was right in saying so, as it was the same industry which helped Modi in 2014 elections, and the same policy is functional post 2014 as well, be it killing people on the basis of eating beef or suffocating the right to freedom of expression and so on. For the people of India, who were expecting Acchay Din, the tables turned in such a way that they had to prove their nationalism in order to live in their own country. And those who refused to follow such fascist diktats were branded as anti-national and suggested to leave India. The reason and rationality were confronted by the delusion and delirium, which the Indian state, since inception, is executing in Kashmir.

In relation to the Kashmir, previously, such scholars had restricted the usage of the words of their glossary to “militants”, “sympathizers”, “extremists” and “separatists”, but now the inventory is being made non-exhaustive and the word “radicalized” is being used recurrently as, in an unprecedented experience, the unarmed youth of Kashmir are taking on the army at the encounter sites. This, for sure, depicts the love and affection of Kashmiris towards the militants and their cause and it also depicts their resilience. And why shouldn’t the youth pick up the arms and stones to wrestle the oppression, where a democratic deficit is symbolized and every democratic channel to dissent or contest is choked. That is what people do to fight tyranny and same was done by the Indian nationalists during British Raj. There were the people who the British used to address as extremists, and yes no one has forgot the Mutiny of 1857. Were they all radicalized? The Indian regime in Jammu and Kashmir provoke the violence by committing grave offences which are obscured with greater violence, which also has become an industry, and this supplements the hatred towards the Indian state. In Kashmir the so called security forces are trigger happy and the Indian state always remains dedicated to divert the attention from their misconduct, which leaves the “rule of law” in shreds. It is a fact, defended by the Amnesty and other human rights organizations, that the internationally recognized human rights are grossly violated in Kashmir and even the constitutionally guaranteed rights is a sham here. Domestic and international laws are not just prescribed cliché systems, but the general meaning and implications are clear enough and Indian state has not even shown a bit of decency towards either one.

The rhetorical frameworks which are a “durable” and “crucial” of Indian diplomacy with respect to the Kashmir inherited and convoluted by the succeeding legion of Indian statesmen which fundamentally remains unchanged over the time has again been rejuvenated, whereby the Indian intellectuals are promulgating and emphasizing on the “radicalization”, as well as are trying to create a binary around the words “educated” and “unemployment“, and is one of the frameworks under which the Indian state is attempting to obfuscate the real issues related to the Kashmir. The youth of Kashmir either educated or uneducated is well aware of the facts, the conflict and the situation in Kashmir, where the word conflict is a common euphemism for India’s aggression. The Kashmiri youth do know about the mass graves, the people who disappeared in thin air, and the rapes that were committed to suppress the dissenting voices, which is not abstract. The youth do not need to get acquainted with sufferings which the Kashmiris have put up with, and the present course of joining militant ranks is more of an “action-reaction” binary. The fact remains that the dictionary of the Indian intellectuals is trying to distort the meaning of the word “radicalization”, in relation to Kashmir, in a pretty euphemistic manner. Indian state also needs to understand the fact that the education exposes a person to the realm of understanding and becoming conscious about the reality, which has served its purpose in the Jammu and Kashmir as well. And for the sake of argument if it is taken that the educated youth prefer gun and stones over a secure career, then India needs to ponder, why? By labeling the educated youth of the valley as “radicalized”, the Indian state is trying to portray the youth as the economically frustrated lot and is trying to center the issue on the economic facet, which outrightly needs to be dismissed. The concept is repeatedly deployed to justify the destruction of peace and to impose the puppet regimes in order to guarantee the stability.

Furthermore, the another framework Indian state is attempting to create is the phrase “law and order situation” and by saying that the Kashmir issue is nothing more than a law and order problem, depicts either the non-serious attitude of Indian state towards solving the Kashmir dispute or the lack of understanding the dispute itself. In order to make a good understanding of the term “law and order situation” the government of India needs to analyze the recent events in Haryana or the Patel agitation in Gujarat and compare the standard operational procedures, in relation to Kashmir, with which both the disturbances were dealt with. There has been an effect: some people are synchronized to this propaganda. But none of this has ever conceived the intended objects in past neither will it serve the purpose at present or in future. It is very hard to subsist with cognitive dissonance: only a true skeptic can trust in one thing and do/say another.

Politics of Packages.

This blood which has disappeared without leaving
a trace,
Isn’t part of written history: who will guide me to it?
It wasn’t spilled in service of emperors,
It wasn’t offered in rituals of sacrifice,
No cup of absolution holds it in a temple, It wasn’t shed in any battle,
No one calligraphed it on banners of victory.
[Faiz Ahmad Faiz, in Rebels Silhouette, translated by Agha Shahid Ali.]

On November 07, 2015 the Prime Minister of India will visit Kashmir and is supposed to address a gathering at Sher-E-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar. On the same day the separatists, as they call them, have called for a Million Men March towards the TRC in Srinagar. But the separatists will not be allowed to hold the March ( which otherwise is their democratic right) and the crack down on them has already been initiated. This symbolizes the ideological divide between the two which has got manifested into the so called Kashmir dispute. This also symbolizes the fear psychosis that both the governments are suffering from. In a democracy the ideological differences are addressed to and not curbed like in an autocracy. Then can we say that Indian state has donned a democratic mask to an autocratic rule in Kashmir?

India and Pakistan as well as UNSC which has Kashmir dispute still on agenda, consider 1947 as the date of birth of this tragedy. But this in fact is the date when Indo-Pak skirmishes started due to the cunning policies of the Britishers. According to me, Kashmir dispute has its roots in 1586 when Mughals invaded Kashmir and the last scion of the Kashmiri rulers i.e. Chaks were annihilated and burried in Bihar. Every regime that ruled Kashmir from 1586 was oppressive towards the Kashmiris in general and muslim majority in particular. All of these regimes tried hard to keep Kashmir a part of their territories either for the economic value or the strategic/defense value. For India kashmir is
important in both ways. By the invasion of Mughals , Kashmir lost its independent statehood and was merged in the mughal conquest map. Indian invasion of Kashmir is not an exception to this policy. On a similar pattern , India invaded Kashmir through Dogra ruler who had bought Kashmir for 75 Lakhs from the Britishers, the sale which Kashmiris were not able to resist at that time.

The Dogra ruler had gazed at Kashmir through the economic prism, as he saw huge wealth and free labour in Kashmir. The Dogra period was a dark one for Kashmiris which still over shadows their lives. In 2015, the time and players have changed but the policy remains the same, as is believed by majority of Kashmiris. The people in Kashmir believe that time and again Indian governments have announced economic packages for their own good and not for Kashmiris. They believe that the money that flows through Jawahar Tunnel is utilized for India’s own interests.

They are of the notion that the money, if given, shall not be utilized for the developmental works beneficial for Kashmiris but will be back-tracked at the doors of Indian parliament. The money may be utilized for setting up colonies or the colonial type power projects that are of no benefit to the Kashmiris. When it comes to filling old wine in new bottles, Indian politicians have got a great expertise in it. They are trying to hide their failures in Kashmir and are colluding against the independent existence of Kashmir.

The Million Men March call and 2010 intifada is the proof that India needs to think beyond the economic packages as such packages have neither been able to win over the hearts of Kashmiris in past nor will it serve their intended purpose in present or future. The curbs on separatists is also doing no good to the ‘economic package’ policy of New Delhi as on one side they rant reconciliation and on the other they are watering the plant of dissent that has roots in the hearts of the people, thus the economic package seems to be a mere
eye-wash. Instead of an economic package all what Kashmiris need is a political package. But when New Delhi instead keeps ranting economic package, it proves that they are determined to live in ignorance and denial which exposes their cynical beliefs. During the visit of all-party delegation to Kashmir in 2010, the Indian political class had altogether accepted the political nature of Kashmir. Now on 7th November, we hope the rulers of the present time do not re-sell us for a 90K crore jibe, to start a darker period for the people of Kashmir whose eyes are stuck to the sky in hope of some sun-shine. Kashmir, right from the period of Mughal invasion, has been stripped off its independent existence and whenever they raised voice they were crushed like ants. If New Delhi wants the plant of peace to grow in Kashmir which cannot happen by putting it under a fluorescent bulb but instead needs to be exposed to the real sunlight.

Pride and Prejudice- Kashmir after alliance.

As a citizen of Jammu and Kashmir, I am constantly haunted by the term “governance alliance” that has been revolving around for some time now. Evolution of the term has not been so easy, as it needed the great hard-work to bring North Pole and South Pole closer to each other, or [maybe] not. Both the BJP and PDP sought votes so as to keep each other at bay, but now it seems that the people of Jammu and Kashmir took the term “keep each other at bay” wrongly as it actually meant, “at the same bay”. The alliance of BJP and PDP, which might not had been the outcome after the fractured mandate had been given to them if “keep each other at bay” logic is applied, has so far been marred by the controversies, which started since the day of taking oath. The “governance alliance” has been flagged high on the pillars of Common Minimum Program that in one way or the other is not clear about the so called “development” or “governance”. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are not so naïve that they could not understand the language used in the CMP. The same old wine i.e. “confusion” has been put in the new bottles and is being served to the people.

Pertinently, BJP has explicitly given up on the issue of Article 370 and the PDP on the issue of removal of AFSPA and Self-Rule, which becomes the basis of the fear psychosis to me. BJP, that we all know, has its roots in RSS which is ardent in converting India into a Hindu state and has been trying it for a long time. Since the PDP has allied with the BJP, a notion haunts me that the PDP has got involved in the act of sell out for the lust of power paving way for the BJP to further its roots in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

PDP may be counting on the assertion that keeping people of Jammu and Kashmir busy with the slogan of “rejuvenation of economy” by targeting corruption, and regional imbalances with respect to infrastructure, will keep them away from the political issues of Kashmir, is Naïve. On the other side, BJP’s assertion that calling foreign secretary talks between New-Delhi and Islamabad will make people believe that the political aspects of the state are being discussed by the Indian government with the Pakistani government, will keep the people of Kashmir in a state of trance, is also Naïve. Sidelining the “separatist lobby” of Jammu and Kashmir in this matter significantly makes us believe that all such acts and assertions are just to let the other 6 years pass. The separatist lobby in Kashmir has a handsome number of “ideological followers” in the state that cannot be sidelined. Anyone who speaks about the agony of the Innocent Kashmiris is dubbed as the traitor or agent or terrorist, isn’t it a hypocrisy?

PDP has been denying all such allegations and [maybe] they are true then in that case they might not have compromised on the political agendas of the State. Recent release of the political prisoner, Masarat Alam who has been called as the “Pak Agent” by the Indian Media, blindly on the basis of some police report that merely contains allegations, has been seen in India as a treacherous act of the Mufti Mohammad Syed to which he has been skeptical. The only reply from him has been that he will not succumb to the pressure tactics of his ally and will not allow the decisions regarding state to be taken in New Delhi unlike Sheikh Abdullah who was reinstated as CM of Jammu and Kashmir state after 22 years by Indira Gandhi after he succumbed to their pressure tactics.  That means he is ardent of releasing the political prisoners that are languishing in jails for years without any trial. For that we need to wait and watch if the history would repeat itself or something new happens. Had this been the case then Mufti would not had compromised on the political issues of the state, [maybe]. Mufti Mohammad Syed today is being called as traitor and what not for releasing the political prisoners, by the Indian media, which clearly signifies that even alliance with BJP, that was considered to be the party of untouchables in Kashmir, is not the license to prove the Patriotism, either.

 The AFSPA has been killing the innocent Kashmiris be it in Macchil or any other part of the state. How could “governance alliance” bring back such lives or how could such an economic development convince or sooth the mother of such a Martyr? [Maybe], by preventing further bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris. But until the draconian law like AFSPA is in place such a thing is far beyond any imagination.

History is evident of the fact that the nations had been occupied by changing their demography. AFSPA has since its inception been doing the same, killing innocent Kashmiris that they unfortunately term as collateral damage. An article in the recent CMP has added to such evil intentions. The CMP proposes to settle the Pakistani Refugees in the state so that the king making power of the state could shift to the Jammu region. Thereby the CMP is all set to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir on communal basis, which else is famous for its hospitality and patience all over the world. Settling such refugees is indeed a humanitarian issue but their settlement in Kashmir will deter the Kashmir cause and [maybe], Kashmir will be forced back to the 2010 like situation which will indeed be a “National Security Threat” which shall not be compromised in any way. It shall be more prudent to settle such refugees in Delhi where they will get more amenities and resources so that their economic weakness could be done away with, which is not possible in an economically and industrially weak state, like Jammu and Kashmir.

The narration of the term “governance” from both the parties is totally different and produces two different versions of a same thing. To BJP “governance” in Jammu and Kashmir means to strengthen the roots and the same to PDP means economic strengthening of the state, as evident from the CMP but the document misses the political issues of the state, either by mistake or intentionally. The BJP and PDP has entered into a live-in relationship which if fails would end up in self remorse, regret and shame and if more caution is not taken then it may give rise to the Frankenstein’s monster that will put them in a more grave trouble, than self remorse, regretting or shame.

The Vale Echoes Elections


Our fingers gripped by the shadow of guns and chaos. The concept of “free will” has been pushed to the dark corner of the mind and heart by fear and hatred, equally. We gaze at each other with a suspicious eye and before saying a word publicly we pass it through a thousand security checks points in our minds. We have been hypnotized by the pendulum of development. A belief has been inscribed in our hearts that we are free but in real it is forced subjugation. We are dead while we live. Yes! I am talking of Kashmir. The virgin land that has become a divorced land even before an affair, and no one asks her what she wants. Yes! Kashmir has become a cruel joke and the politicians are its stand up comedians. And Kashmiris are the spectators that are paying.


There is a notion propagated by the Indian media and its politicians that the election in Kashmir is a clear and loud message that they want to be with India. The high voter turnout is being portrayed as allegiance to the India. The recent statement by India, a UN member, at United Nations about elections in Kashmir is a desperate attempt by them to humiliate the United Nations. United Nations in its several resolutions has cleared their stand about the elections in Kashmir by stating that election is a non issue and if Kashmir witnesses a 100% voter turnout it will not deter the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. The world is well aware of the Indian propaganda and policies. But the people of Jammu and Kashmir are stuck in a maze of development, which they vote for. It is just a trap laid by India for Kashmiris to woo them towards elections and they fall prey to this lone illusion. Peace and freedom are sine qua non of development. Kashmir will never get developed until it attains freedom. If Kashmir gets developed then India will have no other illusion to woo the people of Kashmir towards elections. But still India claims the high voter turn out to be its win. Still if India is so sure that 80% population of Jammu and Kashmir supports them then they must not be afraid of plebiscite that will solve the problem once for all. But they will never wish to do so, and you know why!

                   India stresses hard on peaceful resolution and says that it is ready to talk with Pakistan about Kashmir issue. India sings the slogan “Let us give peace a chance” at all international forums but when Kashmiris give “peace” a chance they sing a different slogan. Here in Kashmir they portray elections as peace and peace as allegiance to the Union of India and label them as pro-Indians, while rest are labeled as separatists. Leaving aside the cunning policies and propaganda of India, participation in elections in Kashmir is in no way a referendum for Kashmir issue. Had the custom been so, then India would still have been a British slave state as slave Indians of British India actively participated in elections under the British charter.

Being leaderless is like being a limp and India has successfully done so with Kashmir. It is not just the India that has failed us but it is our own people also who get mandate from people as their representatives. We have separatist lobby that has tried from past more than a decade to make people aware of the intentions and policies of India but have failed to so and thus be sailing in the same boat of “failure” with the mainstream politicians. They are more or less responsible for the hype that has been given to the elections or voting, unnecessarily. They have turned a non-issue thing into an issue. Recently Scotland was given a chance to decide their future through referendum, inspite of that the Scots used to vote under English laws. Kashmir is filled with politicians but what we need is leaders be it separatist leaders or mainstream leaders that shall represent the real Kashmiri.

Politics! I don’t give a damn to it.

Kashmir, a place which was once known for its beauty and hospitality has earned its fame for insurgency and turmoil in past more than a decade, as we all know it. People have been lured towards greed by and for the benefit of some cunning politicians. The minds and attitudes of youth have been made materialistic. And taking advantage of this chaos and confusion Kashmiris have been politicized on different grounds from time to time in these years. The strengthening and supportive pillar to the opportunists was provided by the people itself. It happened and is happening because we lack the power of compiling an opinion, because we have turned our back towards politics. And it is because of this attitude we have suffered a lot. It will continue to be as such until we do not change our opinion, idea and outlook towards politics. I have noticed many people quoting the phrase “POLITICS! I DON’T GIVE A DAMN TO IT”. In info section of most of my friends’ facebook profiles I have seen the box, asking for political attitude, either empty or filled with ‘none’. This way I am not publicizing facebook but the ideology we do have. This “NOT GIVING A DAMN TO IT” has ruined us.

As rightly said by Pericles (495-429 BC) in his book “The Olympian“:

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics

doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

The literal meaning of the word politics is “of, for, or relating to citizens”. Then by departing or alienating ourselves from the politics of our land we impliedly tell them that we do not belong to this place. We do not care what you do to the people of this land. Simply WE DO NOT GIVE A DAMN TO IT. People see politics as the worst thing ever on earth. But the fact, that we by our own give the opportunists an opportunity to come in power, is never noticed. Politics is the conduct of affairs of the state. If we by our own are turning faces from this responsibility then we do not have the right to blame spoilsports that ruin our resources and suppress us. It is good to be an extremist or moderate or main-stream, but worst to be a neutral. Extremists believe in boycotting elections while moderates and main stream believe in elections. But irony with our society is that we have just a handful of moderates/extremists/main-stream people and the majority of us continue to be neutral. This majority of the people pave the way for the opportunists to build their empires. A duty also lies with the leaders, whosoever he is, that they must not force the people to either change their opinions or create any opinion. People alone cannot be held responsible for being politically dwarf. The so called political leaders have not left any stone unturned in captivating the ideology of people towards politics. They must give the youth a chance to express their feelings. Democratic Governments are, as they say:  for the people, by the people and of the people, no matter what the order but if there is no involvement of people then what is the fun in calling it a democratic government. People that have any opinion are harassed by the rulers, everywhere. Opinions can bring revolutions like it was in Middle East nations. These nations were suppressed for a long period, their ideologies were suppressed for long but the youth of these nations finally mustered courage and compiled a common ideology or we can say got united and brought the tormenting regimes to an end.

Another reason for being dwarf regarding politics is that We have become double faced. Wherever we find our individual benefit we run towards it, sabotaging the brotherhood we once had and it is all because of the materialistic policies. Instead of talking about futile topics like new iphone launch, new car model etc we must talk and discuss about our own state affairs. Whenever we are suppressed we demand that we have right to do this and right to do that, but we forget that rights and duties come hand in hand. When we demand rights we are obliged to fulfill the duties as well. That way if we say we have the right to create a free state then first we must know how to run a state, which could be done only by indulging ourselves with the political affairs.

The time has come to unmask our ideas, our attitude towards politics. The time has come to get united for a common cause be it Azaadi or Indian Occupation. We must strive to reform ourselves, because being in a state of dilemma is like being in comma, you can feel and see everything but you cannot do anything. Only a strong determination can bring us out of this.

Long live Kashmir, Long live our Brotherhood. Ameen!

Death penalty v/s right to life.

Death penalty as many people see it is commonly called by them as barbaric and cruel. They perceive it to be inhuman and infringing the human rights. That is why, many a times steps have been taken for its abolition both at regional as well as international level, where second optional protocol to the international covenant on civil and political rights, 1990 is worth a mention. Such people say that if such a thing or trend is followed it will turn the violators or criminals more furious. Then what about the victims and their families? Also the covenant on civil and political rights in its article 6 refers to the abolition of death penalty, leaving a provision “not arbitrarily”. Also in the universal declaration of human rights it has been laid down in article 3 that “everyone has the right to life…” and in its article 5 it has been said that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. So all such steps tend to impose an impression that death penalty overall is brutal and inhuman.

Once said by Gandhi that if we continue taking eye for eye one day the world will be blind. Not only Gandhi, but a good lot of people do believe in it and are working for its abolition; and they definitely are disillusioned.

Life, as we know, is dear to every living being. Life is beyond price. Even the animals have a feel for threat, when these get attacked they also retaliate to that attack. This shows that even those, whom we perceive to be senseless, do care for their lives. Then why should not we? So if death penalty would be inflicted in a strict way then it will surely curb the menace of grievous crimes, as it will create a fear of deprivation of their lives.

Life sentence or death penalty, both are given in cases of grievous nature. But I strongly stick to the death penalty where the nature of the crime is grievous, death penalty should be inflicted. The basic reason of evolution of law is social security and social sanctity.

In countries where death penalty is given strictly, we have observed a lower crime rate as compared to others which have abolished the death penalty. Taking an example of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where the crime rate lowest and it is because of the harsher code of conduct which assures its subjects best social security. As clear from the graph the most of the Muslim nations are within the ambit of lower crime rate and it is because of the strict code of conduct the Islam provides.

crime rate all over world

crime rate in different nations. pic from http://www.economist.com

As the abolitionists argue it as inhuman and cruel, the retentionist like me defend it to be just and fair. Let us take an illustration in which a person commits rape of a 6-year-old girl and so she dies or gets killed (jumman khan v. sakina case), what would be the judgment that a sane person would inflict upon the criminal? What would be the justice that her parents would like to inflict upon him? It definitely is “death”. Now here if the maxim given by Gandhi and other abolitionists are followed, the guilty person would be given life term, but will that soothe the victims’ family? Will that ensure the social security that the world at this crucial stage, when the world has turned to be materialistic, needs? Obviously it will not! Rather it will surely encourage the criminal minds to devise and carry out their evil deeds and would pose a continuous threat to the lives and prestige of millions. In another example if a person gets killed brutally and intentionally just for any petty cause, do you think that such a person(s) deserve(s) to live a dignified life even being in jail (article 21 Indian constitution). I, in no case, would like to put such a person in jail/prison to enjoy the dignified life that he has deprived some innocent of.

The countries where the harsher code of conduct is applied do surely care for the lives and dignity of the innocents. And those which do support and encourage the criminals by putting them in jails and have abolished death penalty do without any doubt risk the lives of millions of its citizens for the sake of saving a few beasts.

The abolitionists also argue it to be violating the article 21 of the Indian constitution but that is not the fact, but just an excuse as the article itself says:

“no person should be deprived of his life and personal liberty except by the procedure established by law.”

So the article has left a provision for the state to deprive anybody of his life that would be led by established statutes. The article in itself says that no person should be deprived of his life unnecessarily. But the abolitionists have interpreted it wrongly and tend to misguide the world. India indeed has statutes that determine the degree of criminal liability that might “attract” death penalty for the wrongdoer, for instance Indian penal code, criminal procedure code etc.

The abolitionists also argue that even after inflicting death penalties on the criminals the crime rate in India has not leveled down.

The reason for that lies in the weakness in dispensing the sentence, which is mostly controlled by political motifs. Like in Gujarat riots case the criminals, even after confessing their crimes, were awarded life term. The person(s) who were involved in the commission of crime directly or indirectly were all from some political party. Even after inflicting life term they might have been assured a better life in prison than they would have lived outside. This is the quality of  judicial system that we have in India that we believe in dispensing justice. Even the terrorist Ajmal Kasab has been sentenced to death penalty, but the sentence has not yet been dispensed and it is all because of the political pressure that forces the authorities to delay it.

Again, one more hindrance in the way of inflicting and dispensing death sentence is presidential pardon. Recently, the outgoing president Pratibha Patel pardoned more than 30 persons who were convicted to death for various grievous crimes, which has encouraged the criminals. I am not against the presidential pardon but it must be exercised only in the cases where the president smells a dint of doubt. And that was the basic reason that was behind the rule, but the presidents have used it for their own political or showing off type or unnecessary exaggeration of their pityness, that has risked the lives of millions. By pardoning the presidents impliedly convey that the judicial system of India is good for nothing and are yet to mature. So before doing such a thing in future the president must think twice, if not for the sake of prestige of Indian judicial system but for the sake of lives of millions of its subjects.

Last but not least, the only thing I want to say is that the death penalty  be retained. Such a thing has even been said by lot of learned judges of both high courts and Supreme Court like in case of Jagmohan Singh where court held that the death penalty be retained and inflicted only in “rarest of rare cases”.

In Cold Blood: The Amityville Horror.

Custodial killings and fake encounters, these two phrases are nothing new to the ears of Kashmiri people. From past, almost a decade Kashmiri people have been rendered open victims to the human rights abuses. Each and every category of humans has faced the dreary approach of Indian security forces. From six year old kid to a fifty year old woman, no one has been spared. Not only a kid has been orphaned, not only a women has been widowed, not only a son has been snatched from her mother but besides these abuses the domiciles of the spared, have been gutted down.

This is a not ending story, where nothing is fictitious, each and every story resembles to each others’ story, but surely not coincidental. Such incidents, if expressed will fill up a whole library and at the end the story will remain untold.

Killing a common civilian has become a custom for them, but something new happened in the history of such customs. A pro-political party enchanter was killed by them. And this time it was not for any relation with militancy or any such thing. This time it was their own promoter, who was killed for money laundering allegations.

mohd. yousuf(deceased)

Syed Mohd. Yousuf, the deceased was a notional conference party worker for past many years. He had been a close associate of the party patron dr. farooq and C.M j&k sheikh Omar, as per a statement and photographs produced by the deceased person’s son.

As per the allegations, it is being said that syed yousuf had fixed a deal with other two party workers as remarked by one of the eye witnesses, Mohd. Yousuf Bhatt, “it is a fact that I paid money to syed yousuf for MLC seat but I can’t say it was either for Dr. Farooq or sheikh Omar”. But in an interview, before mohd. Yousuf Bhatt’s statement, another eye witness Salam Reshi directly alleged that he had given money on behalf of Dr. Farooq and Omar. Now the question arises

1)      why the statement of the two eye witnesses do not match?

2)       Has the second eye witness’s statement been influenced by pressurizing him?

In an interview Omar said, “I knew about the matter two months back but I forgot”. How true! How can you remember state affairs when you are busy in vocational tours, every day? The two statements when analyzed do not add up. My question to the CM is,” if it was a case of corruption, then why was this trio called to your private chamber at Gupkar? Besides handing them over to the police, immediately. Now on reply to this CM will say that it was a party matter. Had it been a party matter, then it needed to be discussed with all the senior leaders of the party. But the fact is not so! This is the first point where the story gets suspicious.

In a statement given by CM Omar, to Times now correspondent, he said that, “yousuf first denied but latter accepted the payoff”. And it is also being said that syed yousuf wanted to wait till dr. Farooq’s arrival. I say why? And the next moment my inner being replied to the question this way:

1)      Either the matter was fixed in between Dr. Farooq, and the trio, and the deceased wanted to clarify it with the Dr. farooq which enraged CM Omar.

2)      The matter was fixed by the CM alone, and wanted to solve it by his own without the consent of his father and the party patron Dr. Farooq.

syed yousuf(R) and omar abdullah(L)

Now if the first clause is the approximate hit then it is clear that the deceased and Dr. Farooq had close relations. And if the second clause does well, then CM is definitely a crook.

In a statement late Yousuf’s son claimed that IGP crime said, “Yousuf vomited blood when he was being moved out of CM’s residence”. A person vomits blood if he has got any kind of cancer or is physically hurt. As per the health history of the deceased is concerned, he had always been a healthy one. The only option left is that he might had been tortured or had been exposed to some similar acts, which , may be, finally led to cardiac arrest. But soon after this statement by the deceased’s son, IGP claimed that he had not said any such thing to the deceased’s son.

In an attempt to divert the attention of the media, opposition and general public CM tried to mislead everyone by saying that he had already ordered a judicial probe. But soon after this declaration a statement came from registrar general of high court JR Kotwal in which he went, “my office has not received any communication, to be forwarded to the chief justice, from the government on this issue”. Now what will you say on this, CM?

One more tool of the government to mislead everyone was used, that is post mortem report. Everyone do know, in history of such cases no o ne has witnessed a pure and true report from the doctors, as they are also forced by the government agencies to do as directed. So no one believes in either the post mortem report which ‘denied any mark of physical violence and reported that yousuf died of cardiac arrest’, or the judicial probe which will yield nothing justified. As an example is beneath our eyes, the twin rape and murder case of two women in Shopian. The culprits of that incident are still roaming free, even the main culprit Javaid Matoo was promoted from S.P rank to S.S.P rank and then was transferred to Ladakh.

On that day one more suspicious thing happened, all the security officials at the CM’s residence were transferred. On this CM said that it was purely co-incidental. After the incident the duo who are alive, yet, have imprisoned themselves in their own houses. They have not been seen after the after-math of this incident. Now, whether this imprisonment is voluntary or forced is to be found out?

As the CM tries to circumvent the whole issue, but it seems to be all in vain. Truth is inevitable; no one can run away from it. The proximity of truth in this arcane story is immutable. In near future all this will prove to be a conundrum for CM, which will reveal his and his close associates’ espousal in all such matters.

After this feral incident, CM tried to keep mum but after all he had to speak out. He first appeared in an interview on a national news channel NDTV 24*7 in which it seemed that he had done much home work and had prepared to his best in the “days of mum”. In that interview the CM also used slang language many a times, using words like “rubbish” and “crap” for over and over. This depicts his frustration and the state of being lobotomized by the incident. He further said that in previous row he offered his resignation and thus was called as amateur and childish, but on this row he would not do any such act. Thus those who called him “amateur” or “childish” won’t get a second chance. And he also added that on this row he would not lose a single night’s sleep as he had done before.  This shows the drastic shift in moral behavior of j&k’s Chief Minister. In previous row he offered his resignation even he was not involved in the allegations, thus was called as amateur and childish. But today he is alleged to be a culprit and is denying resigning or assigning in-charge-C.M. till the investigation is over. You are still the same, “amateur” and “childish”.

Soon after his appearance on NDTV, he arrived at Times Now port. In that interview with Arnab Goswami his fractiousness increased as the questioner was no Barkha Dutt who had prepared C.M.’s interview for NDTV. In reply to the Arnab’s questions C.M. clearly became effete in replying, thus C.M. started to slide into the fissure of esoteric nature.

On asking a question by Arnab, that “if the deceased was alleged for money laundering then why was not he handed over to police, besides called to your personal residence”? on reply to this question C.M. replied, “this was a party matter, and needed to be solved personally”. But as I have earlier stated had it been a party matter then it needed to be solved with the prominent and senior leaders of the party, but nothing such was done.

By the answer given by the C.M. Arnab was not satisfied, so he asked the same question several times. This lead to the fractiousness, and C.M. replied, “In how many languages do you need to get answered for the single question”. And also said Arnab to end up the show immediately.  As the statement clearly depicts the indigenous nature of the question asked by Arnab? For your general knowledge C.M Omar I would like to tell you that similar to an examination, till a candidate does not answer the questions correctly, he is not allowed to pass to the higher class, so is the case with you.

Sooner or later the day will come when everyone will witness the arrival of metaphysicians in our society who will reject the custom of being pusillanimous and will share the intuitive knowledge of all such incidents with the whole world.

yousuf's son