Friday, 19 February 2010

Human Rights & Self Determination

Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and there are as many as eighteen resolutions which have been passed by UN’s Security Council favoring Kashmiri people’s inalienable and unfettered right of self determination. According to International Court of Justice the principle of self-determination has the legal status of “erga omnes” which means “flowing to all”. Accordingly state owes an obligation to the international community to respect this basic right of people under their jurisdiction or administration in all circumstances. But after six decades this basic and fundamental right is yet to be respected in Kashmir and Kashmiris continues to remain oppressed, victimized, humiliated and enslaved. The denial has led to massive human rights violation, brutal killings, arrests, detentions, rapes and molestations enforced disappearances and custodial killings, these the tools used by the state to muzzle and stifle the voice of Kashmiris.

Since only from January this year eight young souls have fallen prey to the tyranny of troops and police forcing people to come on streets and government to bring back the ghost of undeclared curfew’s to suppress the protests against human rights violations. Despite government calling for probes to give ‘exemplary punishment to the culprits’ nothing has been done so far, as troops continue to indulge in massive human rights violations with lack of accountability and the availability of impunity.

There are many cases where the perpetrators of have been identified yet they have got away because of the presence of the draconian laws which are empowered to them. Indian Prime Minister’s assurance on the soil of Kashmir about ‘Zero tolerance’ to human rights violation proves a mere political gimmick. And will prove so in future as long as the draconian laws which are implemented in the state are not withdrawn, which will also make atmosphere conducive for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.

It was India who took Kashmir dispute to U.N and promised plebiscite to Kashmiris before the whole world. In his historic address broadcasted by All India radio on 2nd November, 1947 then Indian P.M Pandit Nehru Said “We have declared that the fate of Kashmir is ultimately to be decided by its people. This pledge we have given, while the Maharaja has supported it, not only to the people of Kashmir but also to the world at large. We are prepared when peace and law and order has been restored to have referendum held under the auspices of UNO.”

How grotesque it is on the part of India which claims to be world’s largest democracy to renege and backtrack on its own promise of plebiscite so brazenly and then lay claim for permanent membership of UNSC of whose resolution it is continuously violating. Against the solemn pledges of its founding fathers and relentless struggle of the people of Kashmir India can’t escape from its international obligation of granting Kashmiris their right of self determination by calling U.N resolutions as outdated. Time cannot abrogate moral values and commitments nor invalidate international community’s right to intervene in conflicts arising from denial of freedom. We have the example of East Timor, where a dispute was settled through a reference to the wishes of people under UN supervision, where Indonesia upheld people’s verdict.  

How shameful for India that on one hand it parrots peace to the world and is proud of its peacekeeping efforts in many parts of world as in DRC, MONUC and on another hand dreaded killers and extortionists whose hands are drenched red by the blood of innocent Kashmiris demanding nothing but the life of their own choice are awarded and encouraged to do more and praises are lavished on them for their ‘public services’. 

Kashmir dispute is lingering because of such hippocratic attitude and policies of Indian leadership and with it the peace and security of South Asia, though the recent thaw in Indo-Pak relations is encouraging after India expressed desire to resume talks which may be restarted after Chidambaram’s visit to Pakistan yet the success lies in sincerity and respecting human rights, pledges and resolutions to which both India and Pakistan are signatories as continued stand-off suits neither India nor Pakistan.  

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

India's Role in Afghanistan

Published In Rising Kashmir, Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Watch

The news report that “India to disfavor NATO forces exit” in war ravaged Afghanistan at a multilateral conference which was held in London on the matter of Afghanistan shows and exposes the malevolent, malicious, mala-fide and nefarious intent of Indian leadership and its policy towards Afghanistan, as it wants to use it as its bastion to spread the trouble in Pakistan.
There is already enough of evidence which has proven it beyond any doubt that Indian agency RAW and Israel’s Mossad nexus have developed vicious interests in the pell-mell and commotion in Afghanistan to pursue their heinous agenda, camouflaged under the ‘peace and developmental works’, which has brought death and misery to the Afghan people. After all what is the objective of spending more than USD 1-3 billion, when over 70% of Indian population is reeling under abject poverty.
It is the occupation of Afghanistan and the disruptive role of RAW which has caused extreme turbulence in Pakistan with its spillback effects on Afghanistan. India has made deep inroads in all spheres of life in Afghanistan with the active help of Israel as it wants to spread its hegemony and increase its military presence to be able to encircle Pakistan and spread its influence in central Asian states. Already India according to reports has established an airbase in Tajikistan which became operational in 2007 and where many Indian MiG-31 bombers are parked. Farkhor base gives IAF option to strike Pakistan from the rear. India would therefore not like to lose these strategic benefits and in consonance with Israel, which has huge influence over Washington would keep advising USA to convert Afghanistan into a permanent military base, which will have serious repercussions on the security and future of South Asia.
Already it has been a confirmed report by an American institution that Indian intelligence agency RAW is funding and supporting terrorists to keep pot boiling in Afghanistan so that Pakistan remains busy in bloody conflicts along its Afghan border which has now spread deep inside its territory making situation worse, Delhi wants to exploit the conditions in its favour and by spreading the propaganda of safety of Pakistan’s nukes.

Accordingly India and Israel are running their dirty business on the future of poor Afghanis even by fake incidents so as to justify NATO troops presence there, Anderson Cooper of CNN showed video of snipers (Mossad or Israeli soldiers) killing American soldiers in Iraq. Many Afghan soldiers have been trained by Blackwater to kill US soldiers while conducting joint operations, with a purpose to enrage US troops so that slaughter continues. That is why Delhi is getting stomach cramps when any rational talk of quitting Afghanistan by foreign troops comes which will usher an era of peace and prosperity in the region. Here under the garb of peace and developmental works India is doing great injustice to Afghanistan and ultimately to herself as great and conscious Afghanis will never forgive India’s dubious role in fomenting trouble there, with already by it’s intransigence and belligerence turned South Asia into a nuclear hotspot by vituperating Kashmiri peoples national sentiments and by keeping Kashmir dispute lingering.