By Shakeel Ahmed
ISLAMABAD: The dawn of August 5, 2019 brought in another era of torture, subjugation and usurpation of fundamental rights in Indian occupied Kashmir. It was another day of political betrayal, injustice and violation of human rights for Kashmiri people by yet another successive Indian regime.
The RSS plagued Narendra Modi government had made the sham decision of annexing Occupied Kashmir by revoking article 370, shocking the saner segment within India and abroad.
Everyone had a sense of injustice and disillusionment except fascist Modi, his aides and RSS. Some described it as a political holocaust inflicted on innocent people. Others saw it as sheer violation of international law and an illegal decision analogous to committing a fraud with Kashmiri people. India had violated United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and Modi and aides had acted as land grabbing mafia.
Since partition, this legacy of betraying, kidnapping, torturing and killing Kashmiris continued. The Kashmiri leadership has once again urged world nations to redeem their pledge of right to self-determination for Kashmiris. From 1954 until August 05, 2019, Jammu and Kashmir enjoyed special status under the Indian Constitution.
Under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, the State of Jammu and Kashmir’, was accorded autonomy. India had allowed the state to have its own constitution, a separate flag and independence over all matters except defence, foreign affairs and communications. The state’s residents lived under a separate set of laws related to citizenship, ownership of property and fundamental rights, as compared to other Indians.
But in a major shift, the Modi government revoked article 370 making the Indian constitution to come into full force in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Article 35A of the Indian Constitution allowed the legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents.” All identified residents are issued a permanent resident certificate which entitles them to special benefits related to employment, scholarships and other privileges. But the biggest advantage for permanent residents is that only they have the right to own and buy property in the state. The move to scrap Article 35A is driven by the desire of Hindu nationalist groups such as Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to end Muslim majority in IOK. The article’s removal opens the door for mass Hindu migration and settlement in IOK.
“The situation in Kashmir is very alarming and extremely terrifying. I am conscious of the fact if the United Nations and the OIC will not come out of its slumber, the whole nation of Kashmir will be pushed to the brink of extinction,” remarked Ghulam Nabi Fai (FaceBook Twitter), Executive Director Kashmiri American Council, United States.
“No foreigner can buy land in Kashmir, no foreigner can settle in Kashmir but India passed a domicile law on May 18, 2020 enabling other Indians who were there for last seven years, to get domicile certificate,” Fai said. “Even non-Kashmiri Indians including personnel of Indian forces, their children and Indian labour class working in IOK can now get this certificate.”
“But, I being the Kashmiri and the Kashmiri Diaspora cannot get it because we had not lived in Kashmir for the last seven years,” he said. “This is simply happening to change the demography of Kashmir because India knows that Kashmiris will not opt for India and vote for India.”
“We fear that 1.7 million Indians are going to settle in Kashmir within a year or so. This calls upon the United Nations to redeem their pledge made to Kashmiri people,” Fai said.