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Revolutionary Journalism and the Occupation of Kashmir

Posted by hetty7 on February 8, 2012

This article from discusses the draconian control India, the “world’s largest democracy,” exerts over journalists who attempt to tell the truth about the occupation of Kashmir. 

David Barsamian on Journalism in Kashmir

From The Kashmir Walla – a monthly online magazine

January 7, 2012: For obvious reasons freedom of the press in Kashmir is limited and constrained. Military occupation with its attendant curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, searches, surveillance, wiretapping of calls and emails, and state-sponsored violence from custodial deaths and extrajudicial killings to torture and disappearances, produce immense pain and suffering among Kashmiris. Intimidation and fear are widespread. This is the intent and  design and logic of occupation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kashmir-Troops open fire on 500 protesting at power plant

Posted by hetty7 on January 31, 2012

Resistance to the brutal Indian state and its imperialist allies continues, in all sections of the country, from the factories of Mumbai, to the forests of  Orissa, to the mountainous regions of  Kashmir and Jammu, where its peoples are fighting for self determination. This article is from Al Jazeera.

Kashmir Power Cut Protest Turns Deadly

“At least one person killed when Indian troops open fire on protesters angered by electricity outages in winter weather.”

January 3, 2012

Troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir have opened fire on hundreds of villagers who were protesting against frequent power cuts, killing one person and injuring two others, police said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arundhati Roy Slams Silence on India’s Brutal Occupation of Kashmir

Posted by hetty7 on November 21, 2011

New York: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right of self-determination.

This article is from

“Kashmir is one of the most protracted and bloody occupations in the world – and one of the most ignored,” she told a large audience at the Asia Society during a discussion on “Kashmir – a Case for Freedom”.

Under the Indian military rule in Kashmir, Ms Roy said, freedom of speech was non-existent and human rights abuses were routine. Elections were rigged and the press controlled.

She said the lives of Kashmiris were made miserable by gun-totting security personnel who harassed and terrorized people with impunity, adding that disappearances were almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture.

Mass graves have been discovered and the conscience of the world remains unstirred. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kashmir: Wikileaks Exposes India Torture & U.S. Complicity

Posted by celticfire84 on December 21, 2010

The following from the British Guardian (December 16).

A leaked cable documents the Indian government torture in Kashmir. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

“In 852 cases, the detainees reported ill-treatment, the [Red Cross] said. A total of 171 described being beaten and 681 said they had been subjected to one or more of six forms of torture.

“These included 498 on which electricity had been used, 381 who had been suspended from the ceiling, 294 who had muscles crushed in their legs by prison personnel sitting on a bar placed across their thighs, 181 whose legs had been stretched by being “split 180 degrees”, 234 tortured with water and 302 ‘sexual’ cases, the ICRC were reported to have told the Americans.”

The central Indian government has long threatened and dominated people on India’s border regions. They invaded East Pakistan, they absorbed Sikkim, they have waged war on their borders with Pakistan and China, and they have engaged in intrigues within Sri Lanka, they have carried out relentless counterinsurgency against the people on their eastern borders.

Indian domination — through unequal treaties, political infiltration and economic weight — is one of driving concerns of the Maoist revolution in Nepal.

Now Wikileaks has provided a chilling insight into the ruthless and and brutal mechanisms of that Indian domination: the massive dump of U.S. government cables includes evidence of systematic torture by Indian forces in the occupied northern border region of Kashmir — where the people have long struggled for self-determination and independence.

The cables also reveal that the U.S. has had detailed knowledge of that Indian torture for years: The same U.S. government that has tortured its own Muslim opponents in a secret network of CIA prisons around the world turns a blind eye when its Indian ally carries out torture of Kashmir’s people on their own  soil.

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Arundhati Roy Responds to Sedition Charges

Posted by celticfire84 on December 7, 2010

Arundhati Roy (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

This was posted in The Hindu.

The following response from Arundhati Roy comes only days after sedition charges have been brought against her from the Indian government for supporting Kashmir autonomy.  She has been a controversial figure, making statements supporting some condemned as “terrorists” by the United States government. Arundhati Roy also authored the essay Walking with the Comrades about her experiences with Indian Maoists.

They can file a charge posthumously against Jawaharlal Nehru too by Arundhati Roy

My reaction to today’s court order directing the Delhi Police to file an FIR against me for waging war against the state: Perhaps they should posthumously file a charge against Jawaharlal Nehru too. Here is what he said about Kashmir:

1. In his telegram to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru said, “I should like to make it clear that the question of aiding Kashmir in this emergency is not designed in any way to influence the state to accede to India. Our view which we have repeatedly made public is that the question of accession in any disputed territory or state must be decided in accordance with wishes of people and we adhere to this view.” (Telegram 402 Primin-2227 dated 27th October, 1947 to PM of Pakistan repeating telegram addressed to PM of UK).

2. In other telegram to the PM of Pakistan, Pandit Nehru said, “Kashmir’s accession to India was accepted by us at the request of the Maharaja’s government and the most numerously representative popular organization in the state which is predominantly Muslim. Even then it was accepted on condition that as soon as law and order had been restored, the people of Kashmir would decide the question of accession. It is open to them to accede to either Dominion then.” (Telegram No. 255 dated 31 October, 1947).


3. In his broadcast to the nation over All India Radio on 2nd November, 1947, Pandit Nehru said, “We are anxious not to finalise anything in a moment of crisis and without the fullest opportunity to be given to the people of Kashmir to have their say. It is for them ultimately to decide —— And let me make it clear that it has been our policy that where there is a dispute about the accession of a state to either Dominion, the accession must be made by the people of that state. It is in accordance with this policy that we have added a proviso to the Instrument of Accession of Kashmir.”

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Reactionaries Protest Arundhati Roy’s Trip to Orissa

Posted by celticfire84 on November 24, 2010

Arundhati Roy in Bhubaneswar

This was originally written for the Times of India.

Protests greet Roy in Orissa

Ashok Pradhan

BUBANESWAR: Writer Arundhati Roy was at the receiving end of her own tactic of dissent and protest here on Sunday when ABVP activists tried to stop her from attending a meeting on tribal rights for her controversial remark last month supporting ”azad Kashmir”.

The activists of  the youth wing of the BJP [the Hindu supremacist opposition party in the Indian government–ed], wearing black badges, shouted slogans like ”Gaddar (traitor) Arundhati hai, hai”, and, ”Arundhati go back” just as she got down from the car to reach the meeting venue, said an eyewitness, and added, ”They waved black flags and also chucked one of them at her.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoists Support Kashmiri Freedom

Posted by celticfire84 on November 11, 2010


Poet Varavara Rao

An interview with revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, from Tehelka.

‘We have a common enemy in New Delhi’

Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao tells KUNAL MAJUMDER that the Naxals will support the separatist movement in Kashmir

Why did you attend the conference demanding secession of Kashmir? What connects the Kashmiri separatists to Maoists?
I feel azadi is the only way for Kashmir. Self-determination is the right of every nationality. Being a Maoist, I support revolutionary and independent movements of people. On that Marxist-Leninist principle, I support the nationality struggle of Kashmir and of the Northeast. I come from the Hyderabad riyasat. Both Hyderabad and Kashmir were invaded by India. Even the Indian Union uses the word ‘accession’ in both cases. They annexed Hyderabad on the pretext that the rulers are Muslims and the ruled are Hindus. In Kashmir, they said the king is Hindu. In both places, they played the Hindu card.

Going by your argument, should India then be split into 28 different countries?
We support nationalistic aspirations. Only those princely states that were under Delhi till 1947 and those who agreed to join the Indian Union should be in India. Nehru had even taken the Kashmir issue to the United Nations. If Kashmir was like any other state after 1950, then what is the need for Article 370? If it is a part of the Indian Union, why do you have to send the army? Why do you have AFSPA? From Nehru to Vajpayee, there have been talks on Kashmir with Pakistan, because the government knows it is a disputed issue.

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Hindu-Chauvinist Mob Demands Arundhati Roy Leave India

Posted by celticfire84 on November 3, 2010

Arundhati Roy

Novelist's Delhi home besieged by Hindu women demanding that she quit India because of her views on Kashmir

This was first posted on the UK Guardian, October 31st 2010.

The Delhi home of the prize-winning Indian novelist and human rights campaigner Arundhati Roy was besieged by Hindu women today demanding that she quit the country because of her outspoken views on Kashmir.

Around 150 members of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s women’s organisation surrounded the house chanting slogans such as: “Take back your statement, else leave India”. The BJP is fiercely opposed to Kashmiri independence.

Addressing a conference in last month (OCT), Roy had declared: “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact.” The author, whose story ‘The God of Small Things’ won the 1997 Booker Prize, has supported Kashmiri secession in the past as well as diverse environmental and social causes.

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Arundhati Roy on Kashmir

Posted by celticfire84 on October 31, 2010

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