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Kashmir – Geographical or humanitarian issue?

Before talking about the often said unfinished agenda of partition let’s start with an overview of some facts about the territorial region of the valley. It covers an area of 86,000 square miles in the northern parts of the former sub-continent.

Some parts of the valley are administered by Pakistan and the remaining part probably 45 percent of the territory is currently held by India apart from a minor portion Aksai Chin governed by China. According to the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, some 4,059 people were killed in the various incidents of separatist violence between 2008 to 2018.

Indian Government’s own figure depicts the total deaths of more than 47,000 in separatist violence between 1989 (the start of armed struggle for freedom by the Kashmiri freedom fighters) to 2008. The line of control divides the Pakistani and Indian administered parts of the Kashmir still deprived of the status of the international boundary as the status of Kashmiris is an issue stand-still before the drivers of international peace and stability – UN and other international bodies.

The ongoing blockade within the Indian held parts of Kashmir presents an even more worrisome picture of Indian state-sponsored brutalities inflicted upon the residents. People across the valley are constantly deprived of social connection in the form of prolonged telephone and internet blockade and ban on joint peaceful processions in favor of freedom or in protest of revoking the territory’s special status, another act of indignity and arrest on the constitutional rights of the residents of Kashmir, has left the citizens in a more aggrieved and turbulence.

Current happenings in Kashmir and constant dividends of health facilities’ deprivation alongside social barriers depicts violence. Some 4,000 arrests have been made according to the reports of international media in the recent extra-military presence across the occupied region.

The authorities relate the arrests as a pre-emptive measure to avoid violence but such a sorry state of law and order inflicted upon the civilians shows nothing but violence and Indian authorities must understand that violence breeds violence. The changed definitions of democracy and maintaining law and order across the region won’t bring anything to the secular and proscribed democratic status of India.

Troops who are there in the valley in extra presence responds to the protests or people’s presence across the streets with the pepper grenades, pellet guns, tear gas and don’t hesitate, reportedly, in using the gun attacks to calm the protests.

The arrest of politicians no one knows the date of release and killing silent of state judiciary up till now speaks about the abhorrent traits of Indian democracy like never before. The power circles on the Indian side of the border may be happy with almost reduced international involvement into the issue of abrogation of the constitutional status of Kashmir but regrettably, the crisis appeared to emerge like the red and hot molten rocks originating from the inside of IOK.

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