Modi government has declared war against Kashmiri people. Its decision to revoke special constitutional status of Indian occupied Kashmir is a declaration of war. The constitutional provision forbids Indians from outside the region from buying land or permanently settling in the Muslim-majority territory.
Modi government has finally dropped the big bomb on Kashmiri people today. Indian government has given clear message to the Kashmiris and to the world that it has no respect for its past pledges, commitments, agreements and resolutions. As the Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution to revoke two key constitutional provisions of Article 370 and Article 35(A) that give the state of Jammu & Kashmir a host of special rights.
India is playing a dangerous game. This move can bring the two nuclear armed neighbours once again on the brink of war. The tension is once again rising between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.
These measures by India will put more pressure on Pakistan to do something about it. Military tension along the LOC will likely to increase. World powers should act and intervene to end the Indian madness. They must stop the gross violations of the human rights in IOK. They must stop the genocide of Kashmiri youth.
Some provisions of the Article 370 have been diluted over time. In contrast, the Article 35A till now had remained unchanged. The move came amid mounting tension in the state where the government, in a midnight swoop, had put the top political leadership under detention and restricted their movement. It also suspended telecom and internet services in the state.
The situation is very tense in Indian occupied Kashmir as India deployed 1, 80,000 fresh troops in Kashmir. The curfew has been imposed. The Indian occupied forces are ready to crush any protests and Kashmiri uprising against this decision. The India has prepared the ground for brutal repression and bloodbath. The Kashmiris wants freedom and end to Indian occupation. But Modi sarkar wants to take back whatever rights and protections Kashmiris have under special status. It is like insult to the injury. India is pouring oil on the fire. This move will further fuel the anger and hatred against India.
Modi wants to butcher the Kashmiri youth protesting against Indian occupation and rule. India is following the Israeli footsteps. The Israeli government is violating every treaty, agreement and peace deals and UN resolutions that was signed and passed in the past. Israeli Special Forces have trained the Indian Special Forces to crush the resistance. The Hindu extremists will be brought into Kashmir to permanently settle them in the Jammu and Kashmir to change the demography of Kashmir. The Hindu settlements will fuel communal tensions in the valley.
The fears of Kashmiri people are fully justified. They know what will follow after the abrogation of article 370 and 35A. They will be made strangers on their own lands like Palestinians.
The Indian forces are to use the most modern military hardware including tanks, gunship helicopters and most lethal weapons against stone pelting youth. All this repression and brutal use of state force will be done on the name of wiping out terrorism and to maintain the law and order. But real purpose is to wipe out the resistance of Kashmiri youth.
India knows that there will be a strong reaction from Kashmiri population against these moves. The Modi government wants to use the maximum force to quell the freedom movement and resistance.
Under this article, the centre needs the state government’s concurrence to apply laws — except in defence, foreign affairs, finance and communications.
Article 35A of India’s constitution permits the local legislature in IoK to define permanent residents of the region. The article came into being in 1954 by a presidential order under the constitution’s Article 370, which grants special autonomous status to IoK.
Article 35A forbids Indians from outside the state from permanently settling, buying land, holding local government jobs or winning education scholarships in the region.
The article, referred to as the Permanent Residents Law, also bars female residents of IoK from property rights in the event that they marry a person from outside the state. The provision also extends to such women’s children. While Article 35A has remained unchanged, some aspects of Article 370 have been diluted over the decades.
It means the state’s residents live under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians. As a result of this provision, Indian citizens from other states cannot purchase land or property in Jammu & Kashmir. Under Article 370, the Centre has no power to declare financial emergency under Article 360 in the state.
It can declare an emergency in the state only in case of war or external aggression.
The Article 370 which comes under Part XXI of the Constitution, which deals with “Temporary, Transitional and Special provisions,” grants J&K a special autonomous status. Constitutional provisions that are applicable to other Indian states are not applicable to IOK.
Article 370 was drafted in 1947 by Sheikh Abdullah, the then prime minister of IOK appointed by Maharaja Hari Singh and Jawaharlal Nehru. Abdullah had argued that Article 370 should not be placed under temporary provisions.
The rightwing Hindu nationalist Modi government wants to end the special status of Kashmir soon after coming to power five years ago but could not manage it. After winning the second term in May this year, Modi sarkar intensified its efforts to revoke article 370 and 35A. Modi government’s home minister, Amit Shah, moved the resolution to revoke this article in the parliament.
But before parliament could decide this matter, the government issued presidential order to change the status of Kashmir. Amit Shah made it clear that special status was a temporary arrangement and should be abolished. Amit Shah proposed revoking Article 370 amid an uproar in India’s upper house of parliament and was expected to address the lower house on the issue later today.
The Indian move will further fuel the anger and dissent in Indian occupied Kashmir. India has left no other option for the Kashmiris other than to resist and fight back. They will fight back. They have given huge sacrifices to win their freedom and democratic rights. They have rich history of struggle, sacrifices, courage and resistance.
They have proved again and again that they will not bow down in front of brutal power of Indian occupied forces. But they should not leave alone to fight this just and legitimate fight. World should act now and stop India from committing genocide and other atrocities.
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16 November, 2019