India Revokes Kashmir’s Special Status

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The revoking of Article 370 in Kashmir is causing massive outrage around the world. Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed area bordering Pakistan, India, and China. Large parts of Kashmir is ruled over by the Indian government. Over the weekend the Indian government issued a warning telling Indian citizens to evacuate the area. This was in response to a supposed security threat. There is an ongoing total communications blackout. FATIMA MOOSA rounds up why Kashmir is such a disputed area. 

What is the current situation in Kashmir?

There is a grave escalation in Kashmir. Thousands of Indian troops have been deployed in the region which already reportedly has over a million troops. There is the internet and communications blackout. Political leaders and activists from Kashmir have been detained. People are being forced to stay in their homes with troops patrolling the streets. A campaign has been started to raise awareness and bring global attention to the situation. People are being encouraged to amplify what is going through the #RedForKashmir and #StandWithKashmir

Firstly, what is Article 370?

This is a special law which gives the mostly Muslim state of Kashmir significant autonomy from India. It exempts Jammu and Kashmir from the Indian constitution. The Indian Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the measure in parliament. He said the revoking of the article would become law after it was signed by the president. Earlier this year Indian citizens went to the polls to vote. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second term. One of Modi’s election promises was to revoke the law.

Article 370 allows the occupied Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution, a separate flag and independence over all matters. This independence does not extend to foreign affairs, defence and communications. This is why the Indian government could cut off all communications for people in Kashmir. 

The former chief minister of the state, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted that the move by the Indian government effectively makes them an occupying force.

This is not the law which the Indian government wants to revoke. Then there is also Article 35A.

What is Article 35A?

Article 35A of the Indian constitution allows the legislature of Indian-administered Kashmir to define the state’s “permanent residents” and what distinguishes them. It applies to all of Indian-administered Kashmir, including Jammu and Ladakh.” It was revoked by the government on Monday. It forbids Indians from outside the state from buying land and permanently settling in the area. This is something that the BJP has also long said they want to revoke. This article is part of the provisions allowed by Article 370. Many leaders of Kashmiri parties have been placed under house arrest with the revoking of these articles.

Who was evacuated from Kashmir?

Thousands of Indian citizens were evacuated from Friday by the Indian government. The Indian tourists and pilgrims were gathered in Kashmir for the 45-day annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. Indian officials said they received intelligence there would attacks on the pilgrims. There was a deployment of 10 000 extra troops last week. 

So why is Kashmir so disputed?

Examining why the area is so disputed traces back to the 1947 Partition of India into India and Pakistan. In the 1940s the British colonial powers in India released they needed to leave the region. It was no longer economically viable to be the colonial rulers of India. In order to make a quick exit from the area, they called upon a British lawyer to draw up borders for the region to speed up the so-called independence project. 

In 1947, the partition of the sub-continent takes place with borders drawn to separate the land into Pakistan and India. At the same time the area of Kashmir which was mostly Muslim was ruled over by a Hindu Maharaja of Kashmir. After an independence movement started in Kashmir supported by the Pakistan army, the maharaja signed a treaty of accession with India. On the 5th August 1947 large parts of Kashmir was occupied by India. 

From that point, many wars and conflicts have ranged in the area and for control over Kashmir. India controls the majority of the area while Pakistan controls the other part of Kashmir. In 1963 China defeated Indian for control for Aksai Chin and in 1963 Pakistan ceded the Trans-Karakoram Tract of Kashmir to China. India and Pakistan have been at conflict with each since 1947 with most of those tensions arising from the disputed Kashmir area. 

Most recent tensions

The election of the BJP-government led by Modi in 2015 has furthered the tensions between Pakistan and India with Kashmir caught in between. There have been curfews put in place by the Indian government. Earlier in 2019, India and Pakistan engaged in a military confrontation across the border in Kashmir. This was due to the Pulwama suicide bomber attacks carried out against Indian security personnel reportedly by a Pakistani-based militant group. Pulwama is an area in Jammu and Kashmir where the attack took place. Airstrikes carried out by both countries in retaliation were centered around the Kashmir area.  

South Africa and Kashmir 

The South Africa government is often mum on issues coming out of Kashmir. This is likely due to the close relationship between South Africa and India within the BRICS coalition. Many civil society and human rights organisations in South Africa have called on the government to condemn what is happening in Kashmir, to no avail. For the 2019 attacks the government condemned the Pulwama attacks and extended sympathy to the Indian government – ignoring the history of the region. 

Ibrahim Vawda, researcher at the Media Review Network, told The Daily Vox that the South African government has never taken a position on the conflict in Kashmir – to his knowledge. 

Vawda says the Indian government has stationed close to a million soldiers in the Kashmir area since 1948, leading to a resistance from the people of Kashmir. This resistance has been met with force by the Indian military says Vawda.

“In other words, the human rights of the Kashmiri people have been violated on a daily basis for the last 75 years. This is where we expect the South African government to step in and tell the Indian government to stop abusing and violating the human rights of the Kashmiri people,” he said. 

Vawda said people in South Africa can show their support for the people in Kashmir by holding protests and demonstrations and writing letters to the Indian consulate. 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. What about the Kashmir Genocide ?

    The Ruling political dispensation of India (Hindoosthan) is a front of the RSS (a quasi wanna be Nazi party).The RSS in its documented history and intellectual posits has admired and co-opted and co-owned Hitler – not merely as a Role Model – but as a Kalki Avatar – or an Avatar of Vishnoo – the Hindoo God !

    The SS part of the RSS is a lift from the Nazi SS and the “R” stands for “Rats”

    The RSS is infested by the vermins of the Brahmin/Bania/Kayastha triad – which represent the priestly and trading classes of Hindoosthan who never fought a war for their nation – but incited the same and also carried out the largest unknown genocide in History – that of the Buddhists

    The Bhagwad Gita JUSTIFIES genocide, w/o remorse,guilt and WITH DIVINE SANCTION.The Indian Military and Para Military,is a race of criminal mercenaries called Kshatriyas – who were the offspring of rapes by the Huns,Mongols,Sakas, Scythians,Persians, Parthinians,Greeks 1500-2000 years ago.They were discarded by their races and interbred and were treated as outcastes for centuries – until the Brahmins co-opted them as criminal mass murderers (around 1000 years ago) – and who are now in Kashmir !

    Nazis are on record JUSTIFYING their actions based on the thesis of the Bhagwad Gita explained in this note.

    History Records that the Nazis were ALSO inspired by the Gita, per se

    https://dindooohindoo.page.tl/Nazis-and-Gita.htm

    Why the “Nazis and Hitler and Himmler”, love the Gita

    “Dindoo Hindoo Bindoo Gandoos” consider “Hitler to be a Vishnoo Avatar”

    When Krishna the Bhagvat was fed up rying to explain to “Arjuna the – why he “needed to exterminate his foes” – this was the “last attempt” in the 18th Chapter of the Gita – the logic is as under :

    Lumen Naturale 1 – There are “5 precedents to sense-perception and action”

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    18.14 The locus as also the agent, the different kinds of organs, the many and distinct activities, and, the “divine is here the fifth”.

    Lumen Naturale 2 – There “5 are causes of all action” and are “independent of the mind and body dualism” of Descartes and “also the Soul “!

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    18.15 For whatever action a man undertakes by his body, speech and mind, whether right or wrong,i.e., enjoined or forbidden by the Sastras, “the following five”, are its causes:

    Lumen Naturale 3 – Hence,you can “kill,murder and rape” – provided it is done with “no ego and no feelings “- for it is the “Act of the Divine” ! Just like the Nazis ! “Heil Krishna,the Bhagwat “!

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    18.17 He who has not the “feeling of egoism”, whose intellect is not tainted, he does not kill, nor does he become bound-“even by killing these creatures” !

  2. The Parashooran Paradox

    What is the “Paradox of Parshooram” ? The man copulated wuth his mother,on the instructions of his father – who was an impotentica sage.The Hindoo Model,is that the Gods sent the husband of Brahmin wives,to jungles for penance and austerities – while the Hindoo Gods, seduced the wives of the Brahmins,and mated with them.

    The father of Parshooram,did not want to mate iwth his wife,as he was on a celibacy trip.Hence his son banged mommy – but the Kshatriyas saw the kid.To hide the shame and guilt – the son and poppy,blamed the Kshatriyas – and theh killed all the Kshatriyas ! In Hindooism,incest is normal – even Gan-pati mated with his mother.

    This is all a “copy and paste”,from Greek Theology and Creativity.dindooohindoo

    Net result – all the Kshatriya men were dead, and their women were on heat – and so,they copulated with the Brahmins,to breed a “new race” of Kshatriyas.These “mew” breed had the DNA of the Brahmins (cowards,weasels and impotenticas) and the DNA of their mothers (which is “whoring”) – the “born agains” Kshatriyas.

    The Disaster

    When the Sakas,Scythians,Turks,Afghans,Mongols,Central Asians,Greeks,Persians, Abyssinians etc., attacked Hindoosthan – there was no martial race left,as the “real” so called Kshatriyas were killed.These Kshatriya cowards,joined hands with Babar and the Brits and the Portugese to kill and rape Hindoos.These “rat” Kshatriyas were called Rakpoots,Jats and Sikhs etc.

    The DNA of these “born again” Kshatriyas (as stated above),explains Y the Hindoos were raped again and again and again and again (The DNA of Poppy – The Brahmin – and so were,their women.This also explains Y the Rajpoots sold their women,like whores,to the Mughals and the Brits – to save their lives and money (The DNA of their 1st mommy).

    This also explains Y the Sakas,Scythians,Turks,Afghans,Mongols, Greeks,Persians, Abyssinians etc.,who stayed back in Hindoosthan,and married locals – also produced cowards,weasels,idiots and impotenticas.

    The Curse

    It is all the curse of Parshooram – the Curse of Incest and the Curse of Hindooism. Just like the curse of Ishvaku – whose own kids from the same mommy married each other – and then lineaged into Rama,the coward and impotentica.

    Rama – captures the disaster the doom of the Hindoo race,and the Hindoo DNA – which is Y the Hindoo Muslims and Nassara,are treated as trash,all over the world – with real Muslims and Jesuits.

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