Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram counted three things to judge ‘normalcy’ in Kashmir. (a) the ‘successful conduct’ of Panchayat elections (b) the six lakh tourists visiting kashmir valley so far and (c) over seven lakh Amarnath yatrees visiting pious cave in Pahalgam.
And ‘normalcy’ they mean-and sell in the world _that people of Kashmir have reconciled to their fate with India. That they have no problem in being a ‘part and parcel’ of India. That Kashmirees have given up their demand to right to self determination.
That no dissenting view should emerge to neutralise Indian narrative, the Indian authorities have Virtuallycreated a grave-yard silence in kashmir.
Geelani, whose committment and steadfastness and not-for-sale profile have won him the stature of Omar Mukhtar_ the Liban ‘Lion of Desert’ who did not allow his old age to dampen his spirits while fighting Italian troops for more then two decades in twenties and thirtiees of last centuary_has been made limbless with police launching a brutal crackdown on his Tareek Huryat Party. Geelani’s house too has been converted into a jail. The other pro-resistance leaders too have been restrained to freely express their view points. the political space, and every inch of it, is created and preserved for pro-Indian political groups. And the "friendly contest" or "sibling rivalry" within the Establishment parivar is projected as democratic dissent. So that the world gets the impression that the demand for the RSD is muffled and, eventually, drowned in the high dicible voice of pro-Indian groups.
However, world is not that naive to be taken in by the deceit that is mucked out to camoflauge the truth and conceal the facts. The point that was driven home to Dehli last week by British Parliament. In an unprecedented manner the UK Parliament made a demand for right to self-determination for kashmiris for resolving the JK issue. Initiating a general debate in the House of Commons on human rights in the Indian sub-continent, Steve Baker, Conservative MP, demanded that an international commission should investigate human rights voilations in Kashmir. Mr Baker urged British Government to play the role of a ‘critic friend’ and support kashmiri’s right to self determination. Citing Amnesty International report the revered UK legislator stated that mass killing, rapes and unlawful detentions have occured in kashmir and pressed for troops withdrawal. Several other MPs including Ian Austin, Labour MP, Jonathan Lord, Conservative lawmaker and Andrew Griffithis, Conservative MP, made a strong case for RSD for Kashmirees and stressed that RSD was the only way to resolve the issue. Foreign Office Minister Alastair Burt in his reply stated that for any solution the wishes of the kashmiri people should be respected.
On the gross human rights voilations he said. " We are keenly watching the situation in JK and we are not unware of human rights voilations there." the minister also refferred to the brutal killings of innocent civilians by Indian Forces during the last year’s summer uprising.
The full-scale debate in the House of Commons has raised (expectedly) eye brows in Indian diplomatic circles. And India has conveyed its ‘unhappiness’ to the MPs anf Foreign Office describing the move as ‘not very helpful’ in advancing Indian-UK relations. Nonetheless the content and direction of the debate has created anxiety in the India. Aware of the political and diplomatic fall-out of the mega-event, India tried to flex its ‘democratic’ muscle: ‘India is a vibrant democracy which fully respects rule of law and human rights,’ claims Official person in the Ministry of External affairs Vishnu Prakash.
World is witness how in a ‘vibrant democracy’ human rights are respected. Advocate Jalil Andrabi’s killer Major Avtar Singh is roaming free in West. Kunan Poshpara rapists have not been produced in court of law.Aasia and Neelofar? And last year’s civilian deaths? The criminals are enjoying the "grace" of the uniform they wear.
The debate in UK parliament has truly echoed the voice of Syed Ali Shah Geelani who has from day one reiterated that RSD is the only perminent and just solution for curing the festering sore of Kashmir that has made peace in sub-continent hostage to it.
Till yesterday even ‘moderate’ voices from resistance camp were criticising Geelani for not showing ‘flexibility’ in his demand for RSD as the only viable solution of K-dispute. Now British law makers too have vindicated his stand.
Moral: Truth in itself is dominating power and always triumphs