Thursday, 5 February 2009

Broken Promises Reason of Marking Black Day

On 26th January 1950 India became a sovereign democratic Republic with a written constitution and elected parliament. The Indian Constitution, the longest in the world, consist 397 articles and 12 schedules which provides for a single citizenship for the whole of India. Really something to cherish and enjoy for Indians and reason for them to make celebrations to mark this day as national pride and honour.

But the coin has other side as well, as India marks its Republic or Independence day with whole of its population expressing joy Kashmiris prefer other way by marking this day as black day by a general strike and processions at various places to show the resentment brewing in their hearts and minds. It is not out of hatred but due to Indian leaders who despite their clarion commitment regarding a referendum in Kashmir for its final dispensation blatantly reneged on their promise and pledges.

Does it suit you as a country who claims itself to be ‘world’s largest democracy’ to hold a region against its populace’s wishes and aspirations and deny them the basic democratic and internationally recognized right of self determination which you promised to them before whole world. Your betrayal and perfidy has cost your honour as a great nation. And how can you stake a claim to the permanent membership of UN Security Council when you put your damn foot on the resolution passed by this world body to which you and Pakistan are signatories and shamelessly declare Kashmir, an internationally recognized territory, as your integral part and get irritated by some rational comments by world leaders who foresee its inherent potential to destabilize peace of whole South Asia.

Bayonets and bullets cannot be answer to Kashmir crisis. You trample your own constitution while dealing with Kashmir and by putting restrictions on those who dare to challenge your might by putting them behind bars for propagating peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute and thus violate the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by article 19(1)(a) of Indian constitution. You lynched, mauled and mutilated Kashmiris because they reminded you of your own promise. Kashmir has potential to destabilize your integration as if kept lingering new generation of Kashmir who are committed to their motherlands cause may take this struggle to your streets and lanes if you kept your self in denial mode and continue to rule Kashmir with iron fist through military muscle backed by draconian laws. So it is better for you to adopt prudence, sagacity and magnanimity and strong political will to solve this dispute. As you flutter your national flag in pride here your troops continue to unleash the hell on oppressed people which forfeits your claim of championing human rights as putted by Howard Zinn:-
There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killings of innocent people.