Some noted columnists have put a part of the blame on Kashmiri students as well, for cheering for Pakistani victory, which has landed them in trouble in Meerut University. But what needs to be understood is that these students are all post conflict born young boys who have witnessed torture, killings, rapes, forced disappearances in their land at the hands of Indian security forces. Hence they nurse an anger & hatred against India which is manifested in activities like cheering for Pakistani team. But having said that, it needs to be emphasized that in-spite of grave provocation, the students need to exercise utmost restraint & conduct themselves in a more elegant way without surrendering their dignity.
It is heartening to note that a United Nations panel on right to education in conflict zones has censured India for maltreatment of Kashmiri students and said that it represents a new low in the global situation of students from war-torn regions. The panel discussion was organized at the Palace des Nations in Geneva by the OMAEP, a France-based NGO accredited by the UN in New York and Geneva. While the observation of the panel is welcome, it should have gone a step further to advise India to hold the Conflict ridden Kashmiri students in trust with best possible care & attention till the resolution of the dispute.
But then it is also a fact that UN does not carry a commendable record of taking cognizance of the observations of its own sub-committees & panels. In 2004, it constituted a High level panel on “threats, challenges & change” under the chairmanship of Anand Panyarachun, Former Prime Minister of Thailand. The panel submitted a long & meaningful report and recommendations to the UN secy. General on the causes of Threats & challenges across the globe & the preventive and remedial measures to be taken. A relevant para of the said report/ recommendations is reproduced below:
“Our mandate from you precluded us from any in-depth analysis of individual conflicts and we have respected that guidance. But the members of the panel believe it would be remiss of them if they fail to point out that no amount of systemic changes to the way United Nations handles both old & new threats to peace and security will enable it to discharge effectively its role under the charter, if efforts are not redoubled to resolve a number of long outstanding disputes which continue to fester and to feed the new threats, we now face. Foremost among these are the issues of Palestine & Kashmir.”
But so far we have not witnessed any assertive action on the part of the UN to resolve these conflicts in general & Kashmir in particular.
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