At the root of the terror in J&K: A new Palestine in Asia?

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Franca Colozzo

Going back in time, until the threshold of 1947, it seems incredible how much time has passed unnecessarily since the partition of the Indian Sub-continent. So hard was the backlash of the end of British colonization that left chaos where the British Commonwealth once ruled. Why is there always such a laceration after every fine colonization? The negative aftermath of the end of the British Empire has badly produced partitions wherever it has passed.
The dichotomy of the Indian Union comes to a halt in a sort of Gandhian synthesis that advocated “unity in diversity”.Instead, precisely where it seemed there should be a peaceful coexistence, an incredible violence often occurred due to the differences in caste, ethnicity and religion. The country, born from the farsighted split of the former British colonizers, has suffered the backlash of history and proof of this is the 72-year time frame of its existence put to the test by political shocks and by the intemperance of a PM Modi who threateningly silhouetted like a new Hitler on the current political scenario, flanked by his RSS torturers and his electoral base. Evidence of this is the violence in Kashmir with an Indian curfew that has lasted for almost a year (beginning August 5, 2019) and the recent ones in New Delhi against the Muslim minority.

Kashmir becoming another palestine in Asia
Courtesy: American Herald Tribune

After the initial British division which attributed the Hindu majority of the population to India and the Muslim majority to Pakistan, an unprecedented diaspora occurred which saw an exodus almost from biblical memory of peoples. But what happened in Kashmir is unmatched. A dichotomy in the dichotomy of maladministration or partitioning: a Hindu monarch was attributed to the princedom of Jammu &Kasmir against a majority Muslim population. Then a huge contradiction was given the reverse of the situation to that of Hyderabad, in the heart of India.
While Hyderabad, despite having chosen to remain Muslim in 1948, was overwhelmed and defeated by the Indian army, subject to the desire to integrate into the Hindu system, the Kashmir maharaja, Hari Singh, decided for annexation to India. After the failure of the coup organized by Pakistan to overthrow the maharaja, all that remained was to choose either annexation or independence. But the four great wars and the subsequent skirmishes fought by India against Pakistan were of no avail. The Indian intention to eliminate the autonomy enjoyed by Kashmir since 1948 by special statute and the many UN resolutions on it, was the objective pursued and achieved by the Indian PM Modi since his election, an authentic coup wanted by the evil planners RSS.
The country of Jammu & Kashmir has 60% of the Muslim population, so the previous Indian government had granted Kashmir a large autonomy that other states did not have. The “coup de grace” was given about a year ago (August 5, 2019) when Interior Minister Amit Shah repealed it. A real blow to democracy and human rights, as well as to the Constitution sanctioned and in force for years now. Can a decree (not a popular vote or a referendum) repeal Article 370 with impunity, the only one that guaranteed a sort of autonomy for the Kashmiris? And where do we put the next Citizenship law, the real coup d’état to destroy the social fabric and replace the Muslim structure with Hindus loyal to Modi?
Here is the gray shadow of the great orchestrator of a fascist regime looming on the scene: Amit Shah is the man who organized the constitutional coup. Not just a politician or the Home Minister of the Indian government, but the great spider that has woven the political fabric. Narendra Modi and BJP win thanks to him two consecutive elections with enormous electoral success comparable to that obtained by Indira Gandhi in the seventies.
Amit Shah, ideologist of the RSS, represents the black soul of that Nazi party and Modi his creature, the arm armed with terror, as president of the national-religious party of the BJP, the extremist anti-Muslim movement of India.
But violence, kidnappings, imprisonments of politicians, activists and journalists continued in the midst of terms of orchards for thirst for retaliation, revenge, thirst for overpowering by the Indian government against the Kashmiri people of ancient traditions, embarrassed and unprepared for so much unimaginable perfidy. So, despite the choral protests that have come from all over the world to the UN, dozens of protests, letters, petitions from all organizations and individuals or public sectors sensitive to so much violence, the echo of many voices on the shore of human indolence, especially of those who command the fate of the world.
Telecommunications in Kashmir also suspended, its ministers imprisoned. The curfew imposed indefinitely, what more can be promoted to awaken the blind and deaf from the long sleep?
The political-demographic engineering implemented by Modi thus sees Jammu (whose population is mostly Hindu) and Kashmir separated from each other and with a special statute. Thus neighboring Ladakh will be controlled directly by the central Hindu national-religious government, but being 58% a Buddhist state, it would fall within the same logic that allows Punjab to be integrated into the same structure that regulates the mentality of the RSS and the BJP, as both Buddhism and Sikh religion are tolerated by Hindus.
This is how religious extremism reasons, but few are at odds, at the risk of their lives and the safety of their families, of a similar governmental attitude, closed especially towards the Islamic minority. The absolute majority that the BJP has in parliament allows Modi and RSS to dominate, trampling human rights.
Now the risk of a new Palestine in Asia, right on the slopes of that paradise which is “The roof of the world”, is so strong that the indifference of the UN becomes truly surprising. Nothing has been done in practice for Palestine except to confine Palestinians to an increasingly narrow ghetto under the pressure of Israeli settlers occupying ever larger portions of the territory; nothing is being done in the face of the slow death of the Kashmir people.
Will China be the balance in this Kashmir dispute that sees India and Pakistan, two opposing nuclear powers?
I am very concerned about the attempt to change the demography of Kashmir by repealing article 370 which prohibited Indians not born in Kashmir from moving to that state and owning houses and land. The Indian maneuver is very clear and, while the lockdown caused by the pandemic is added to the curfew, here is Modi’s diabolical plan looming just as the pandemic implodes in India. A misdirection of the populace from emerging health problems in such a drastic way serves to throw smoke in the eyes of the poorest and most derelict with the illusion that Modi’s crazy dream could be the outlet for the spread of an unprecedented economic crisis with a shift economic interests and a slice of the population in Kashmir rich in water and agricultural resources. By changing the religious profile of the population of Kashmir, the historical-cultural fabric will be replaced to avoid protests and the Jihad still ongoing

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Gandhi’s dream of preserving unity in the diversity of the nation seems to shatter on the banks of violence and embezzlement of territories that have always been inviolate until a year ago, despite the existing litigation since 1948. We are now in an open confrontation, as in Palestine, without the actors of this dispute going to sit around a table to discuss how the UN had proposed to India and Pakistan. But India believes it is grabbing those territories that it considers its own.
Will Modi succeed in his attempt to grab Kashmir or will the consciousness of those thirsting for peace and justice arise?

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Franca Colozzo
Dr. Arch. FRANCA COLOZZO ̶ an Italian architect, writer, novelist, artist, poet, researcher, educationist, freelance journalist and Peace & Harmony activist ̶ isChief Executive Officer (CEO) of International Harmony Council~ IHC, Sister Organization of INSPAD ~ Institute of Peace and Development, in Islamabad (PAKISTAN), thanks to its President & CEO, Dr. Muhammad Tahir Tabassum. During the seven years spentin Istanbul on behalf of the Italian Foreign Ministry, thanks to her multi-ethnic and multi-cultural experience, she published catalogues and organized exhibitions of Art at the Italian High School I.M.I., the Italian Institute of Culture and the most prestigious universities in Istanbul (Turkey). Coming back to Italy in 2002, she conveyed her knowledge into the Italian teaching system through Art exhibitions about the artistic didactic path of her Italian High School students. She was selected, in 2005, as E.N.D. OIB1 expert, Building Policy - GUIM 06/51, at the European Community of Buxelles (BELGIUM). Retired from teaching, she continues to practice as apart-timearchitect, painter and writer of poems, essays and novels, a freelance journalist. She obtained a lot of professional and academic awards from recognized international organizations. Recently, her current focus is on writing articles, aphorisms, thoughts, essays, poems, etc., on Human Rights, Peace, environmental problems, refugees, women’s empowerment, education and health related programs, etc. Nominated two years ago Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGA Director~ITALY) on behalf of the influencer Richard DiPilla (Virginia – USA), she is interested in humanitarian and pacifist issues.

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