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Kashmiris plight after Modi government abrogated Article 370

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Kashmir Srinagar Situation

The Modi government’s action of forcibly abrogating Article 370 betrays the spirit of Indian democracy and it’s high time that without losing a second, India should end “garrison governance” in Kashmir and free all political prisoners, restore communications and other rights of people in Jammu and Kashmir. After 45 days of Kashmir lockdown; United Nations, European Union, UK have started doing lip service of expressing serious concern about the restrictions on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The veteran leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been supporting integration of Kashmir into India, have been detained under Public Safety Act, which is used for terrorists, separatists.

Hundreds of politicians of National Conference party and Peoples democratic party (with whom BJP stitched alliance to rule Jammu and Kashmir and later suddenly pulled the support ) are under house arrest and prominent leaders who have mass following have been detained under PSA.

Entire communication blackout: isolating group of people from the rest of the world.

There are numerous reports of thousands of young men being arrested so there is no backlash after the Modi government abrogated Article370. The unprecedented lockdown for over 45 days in Kashmir in 21st century is a crucial issue and needs worldwide attention not only because of the change of status of Jammu and Kashmir but the manner in which the decision has been forcefully imposed on the people of the Jammu and Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government.

One cannot imagine how a person feel handicap without phone or internet access.

Ahead of UN speech on September 27, Modi mince good words for Kashmiris to impress the world community, UN, UNHRC.

Ahead of UN speech, now Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly woke up and September 19 said “we have to create a new paradise” and “hug each Kashmiri” as the region entered its 45th day of partial shutdown.
PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Ajit Doval and BJP leaders have been speaking in one voice supporting the Kashmir lockdown and giving a reason what the world powers are unable to read that the 50000 to 60,000 defence personnel has been deployed to avoid backlash .Clearly the Kashmiris are unable to show their resentment.

When the EU, UK started asking when will the lockdown end, the security threat was the reason given by the Modi government.

One must ponder, what terminology should be used if a democratically elected government started implementing policies in a dictatorial manner.

New Delhi denies “genocide“

What will the United Nations call ‘the deliberate isolating of a large group of people (million), especially those of a particular erstwhile state or ethnic group’ in the 21st century. It has been proven medically that if a person is forcibly isolated, then the person will die after a period of depression. Making people mentally ill by forcing some decision amounts to What?

Iltija Mufti, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, said at an event, “Kashmiris feel a deep sense of shock and betrayal. I don’t know how you are going to undo the damage and the pain you have inflicted on the Kashmiri people, no one has shown very little empathy for the plight of the Kashmiris.”

History of Kashmir conflict

The Kashmir conflict is a territorial conflict primarily between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region. Jammu and Kashmir, the largest of the princely states, had a predominantly Muslim population ruled by the Hindu Maharaja Hari Singh. He decided to stay independent because he expected that the State’s Muslims would be unhappy with accession to India, and the Hindus and Sikhs would become vulnerable if he joined Pakistan. the Maharaja signed an instrument of accession on 26 October 1947, which was accepted by the Governor General the next day. While the Government of India accepted the accession, it added the proviso that it would be submitted to a “reference to the people” after the state is cleared of the invaders, since “only the people, not the Maharaja, could decide where Kashmiris wanted to live.”

India sought resolution of the issue at the UN Security Council, despite Sheikh Abdullah’s opposition to it. The UN Security Council passed Resolution 47 on 21 April 1948. The measure called for an immediate cease-fire and called on the Government of Pakistan ‘to secure the withdrawal from the state of Jammu and Kashmir of tribesmen and Pakistani nationals not normally resident therein who have entered the state for the purpose of fighting.’ It also asked Government of India to reduce its forces to minimum strength, after which the circumstances for holding a plebiscite should be put into effect ‘on the question of Accession of the state to India or Pakistan.’

At least 232 habeas corpus petitions have been filed in the Jammu and Kashmir high court since the nullification of Article 370, pertaining to Public Safety Act (PSA) detentions. Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah and IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal, territories, senior advocates, businessman are among them.

Amit Shah and Modi is buying time with the statements that the restrictions will be eased without mentioning any date. The Kashmir Valley is basically was a tourist hub before Modi government decision and approximately 70% of the livelihood depends upon the tourists or the daily wages.Consequent to the decision, people have little or no money to survive.

A communications blackout was imposed after the Indian government de-operationalised the Article370 and degraded the status of Jammu and Kashmir from State to Union Territories and snatched the little autonomy the Kashmiri people enjoyed.

The region’s most prominent politicians were detained without any reason and millions of residents being deprived of from the basic fundamental right to move freely, talk and oppose if there is brutality.

On first Friday the security establishment allowed Muslims to offer their prayers but after their namaz they took out a large protest against the abrogation of Article 370 and police used tear gas and pellet guns to thwart the protests.

The the second Friday was Eid and since then Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers at the main Masjid but locality mosques so that the huge number of people are unable to gather and hold protest. This is a systematic brutality on the people of certain religion to push them to do their religious rituals in a confined manner.

There have been numerous reports of people admitted to hospitals with pellet injuries after violent clashes on Saturday night, almost two weeks on from the Indian government’s abrupt decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status. Indian troops also used teargas, chilli grenades and pellets to disperse protesters. A 65-year-old man died after being admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulties, according to reports.

Another aspect that needs to be looked into is the inhuman approach of the Modi government by making Kashmir starve of communication and food. As Jammu and Kashmir was basically a tourism state and by asking tourists to leave the region, the business class was left with little money and the shikara owners are facing difficulty to survive and to crush people’s movement is to make them pauper and starve.

Sporadic protests have continued in Kashmir despite a security lockdown. Forces have responded with teargas and pellet guns and reports emerged that security men forcibly entered the homes and took kids and teenagers.

The government is using False propaganda as its weapon about normalcy in Kashmir and enthusiasm among kashmiris and misleading narrative is being used that development is the major factor and that’s why the autonomy of the Kashmiris has been snatched.If people are rejoicing what is massive security personnel doing.Allow media including foreign media and international observers to see for themselves.

If the government is right, then there is no need to propagate or to promote.

What is the purpose of world powers or institutions when million people are forced to remain in their houses and no foreign observers are there to check human rights violations nor they can communicate with the rest of the world.

To prove above points: A lot of petitions in Supreme Court about illegal detention of mainstream political leaders, kids and teenagers.

While hearing writ petitions by Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha seeking release of children being detained illegally in Kashmir ever since special provisions of Article 370 were struck down, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said he would visit Jammu and Kashmir, if needed, to check on allegations by a child rights activist that it was difficult accessing the High Court. Under Article 32 of the Constitution, which provides the right to constitutional remedies. Ganguly is an eminent child rights expert and Sinha was the first chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR).

But one thing should be made clear by the current dispensation (Modi govt) : The entire India needs development in terms of assurance with confirmation that minorities including Dalits and Muslims won’t be attacked in the name of cow slaughter and the common man who suggests or advise the government will not be termed as anti-national.

India should avoid following the path of Benjamin Netanyahu who strongly favours Zionist country. Kashmiris are Indians, government should ask other political parties on how to built trust between them and government.

By Arti Bali

Sr Journalist (International Affairs)

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Kashmir after Article 370

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Lockdown in Kashmir

After 45 days of Kashmir lockdown; United Nations, European Union, UK have started doing lip service of expressing serious concern about the restrictions on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The veteran leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, who have been supporting integration of Kashmir into India, have been detained under Public Safety Act, which is used for terrorists, separatists.

Hundreds of politicians of National Conference party and Peoples democratic party (with whom BJP stitched alliance to rule Jammu and Kashmir) are under house arrest and prominent leaders who have mass following have been detained under PSA.

There are numerous reports of thousands of young men being arrested so there is no backlash after the Modi government abrogated Article370. The unprecedented lockdown for over 45 days in Kashmir in 21st century is a crucial issue and needs worldwide attention not only because of the change of status of Jammu and Kashmir but the manner in which the decision has been forcefully imposed on the people of the Jammu and Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government.

One cannot imagine how a person feel handicap without phone or internet access.

Ahead of UN speech, now Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly woke up and September 19 said “we have to create a new paradise” and “hug each Kashmiri” as the region entered its 45th day of partial shutdown.

PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Ajit Doval and BJP leaders have been speaking in one voice supporting the Kashmir lockdown and giving a reason what the world powers are unable to read that the 50000 to 60,000 defence personnel has been deployed to avoid backlash. Clearly the Kashmiris are unable to show their resentment.

One must ponder, what terminology should be used if a democratically elected government started implementing policies in a dictatorial manner.

What will the United Nations call ‘the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group’ in the 21st century.It has been proven that if a person is forcibly isolated, then the person will die after a period of depression.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under lockdown since August 5, 2019 the government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to do away with the special status given to the state. Strict restrictions were put in place to clampdown on people’s movement while telephone and internet connections were snapped.

Amit Shah and Modi is buying time with the statements that the restrictions will be eased without mentioning any date.

The Kashmir Valley is basically was a tourist hub before Modi government decision and approximately 70% of the livelihood depends upon the tourists or the daily wages.

A communications blackout was imposed after the Indian government de-operationalised the article370 and degraded the status of Jammu and Kashmir from State to Union territories and snatched the little autonomy the Kashmiri people enjoyed.

The region’s most prominent politicians were detained without any reason and an unprecedented communications blackout and curfew was imposed on millions of residents depriving them from the basic fundamental right to move freely, talk and oppose if there is brutality.

On first Friday the security establishment allowed Muslims to offer their prayers but after their namaz they took out a large protest against the abrogation of Article 370 and police used tear gas and pellet guns to thwart the protests.

The the second Friday was Eid and since then Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers at the main Masjid but locality mosques so that the huge number of people are unable to gather and hold protest.

This is a systematic brutality on the people of certain religion to push them to do their religious rituals in a confined manner.

There have been numerous reports of people admitted to hospitals with pellet injuries after violent clashes on Saturday night, almost two weeks on from the Indian government’s abrupt decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status. Indian troops also used teargas, chilli grenades and pellets to disperse protesters. A 65-year-old man died after being admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulties, according to reports.

Another aspect that needs to be looked into is the inhuman approach of the Modi government by making Kashmir starve of communication and food. As Jammu and Kashmir was basically a tourism state and by asking tourists to leave the region, the business class was left with little money and the shikara owners are facing difficulty to survive and to crush people’s movement is to make them pauper and starve.

Sporadic protests have continued in Kashmir despite a security lockdown. Forces have responded with teargas and pellet guns and reports emerged that security men forcibly entered the homes and took jids and teenagers.

The government is using False propaganda as its weapon about normalcy in kashmir and enthusiasm among kashmiris and misleading narrative is being used that development is the major factor and that’s why the autonomy of the Kashmiris has been snatched.

The United Nations is entirely responsible when any authoritain government is formed in any country.

What is the purpose of world powers or institutions when million people are forced to remain in their houses and no foreign observers are there to check human rights violations nor they can communicate with the rest of the world.

Making people mentally ill by forcing some decision amounts to genocide:

While hearing writ petitions by Enakshi Ganguly and Shanta Sinha seeking release of children being detained illegally in Kashmir ever since special provisions of Article 370 were struck down, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said he would visit Jammu and Kashmir, if needed, to check on allegations by a child rights activist that it was difficult accessing the High Court. Under Article 32 of the Constitution, which provides the right to constitutional remedies. Ganguly is an eminent child rights expert and Sinha was the first chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR).

Some Muslims and Dalits will be murdered in the name of cow slaughter and some in Kashmir, section of people who criticize the manner in which the common man is muzzled is termed as anti-national and the conclusion is the country is left with small population who believe in Hindutva.

It is just to remind the people and world to keep on your guard.

By Arti Bali

Sr Journalist (International Affairs)

Disclaimer: The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at [email protected])

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Pakistan proxies return to combat zone, ready to sneak in

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Kupwara: Soldiers at the site of an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on March 3, 2019. Two militants, five security men and a civilian were killed in the 48-hour-long gunfight that ended. (Photo: IANS)

Srinagar, Sep 5 : An increasingly desperate Pakistan is trying to sneak in proxies into the Indian territory before winter sets in.

While Lt Gen K.S. Dhillon of 15 Corps said this formally on Wednesday, stating clearly that they will try to disrupt peace, intelligence agencies have gathered evidence of a larger design of Pakistan sponsored ultras trying to enter India and leave a trail of bloodshed behind them.

Intelligence agencies’ assessment report after the revocation of Article 370 reveals that Pakistan Army and the ISI are trying major infiltration in the Valley.

After the IAF strike in Balakotin February, terrorists are again back in big numbers. With Afghan drawdown in progress, many have shifted back to Pakistan’s eastern theatre of operations.

As many as 18 terror camps and launch pads identified by the intelligence agencies have been drawn up where terrorists are getting trained or are ready to infiltrate through these hubs. Further, post Balakot, majority of the terrorists have been shifted out of this combat zone for fear of additional reprisals from the Indian side.

Intelligence report also revealed three new camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). Terror camps and launch pads have also been identified along the Line of Control (LoC) in POK. Prominent camps have been spotted in three sectors of the LoC.

Under Mansehra district in Pakistan, launch pads have identified at Balakot, Garhi, Habibullah, Batrasi, Chero Mandi, Shiwai Nala and Muskara.

In Kotli area, terror camps and launch pads have been identified at Gulpur, Sesa, Barali, Dungi and Kotli. In A-3 sector, terror camps have been identified at Kali Ghati and Hazire.

Additional new camps have also been spotted at Bahawalpur, Bumba and Barnala.

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Rs 70K cr PSB infusion to push loan growth by 15%: Moody’s

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Mumbai, Aug 26 (IANS) The government’s announcement of an upfront capital infusion of Rs 70,000 crore in public sector banks will enable them to grow loans by around 13-15 per cent in the fiscal year ending March 2020 and will also allow them to meet the final Basel III capital requirements, rating agency Moody’s said on Monday.

“The announcement by the Indian government that it will frontload its planned Rs 70,000 crore capital infusion into the public sector banks will improve the bank’s capitalisation and help them calibrate their balance sheet growth. We estimate that the fresh capital will enable public sector banks to grow loans by around 13 per cent – 15 per cent in the fiscal year ending March 2020 (fiscal 2020), compared with about 10 per cent in fiscal 2019, while also allowing them to meet the final Basel III capital requirements (regulatory minimums plus the capital conservation buffer). The capital infusion is part of India’s government budget for fiscal 2020,” said Alka Anbarasu, Vice President, Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service.

Announcing the capital infusion on Friday, the government also rolled back recent tax hikes on foreign and domestic equity investors in an attempt to boost market sentiment and revive the slowing economy.

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