Kashmir unrest – signs of dictatorship within the democracy
Democracy is defined as the government of people, by the people and for the people but the newly elected leadership of India seems to change the existent definition of democracy. The imposition of curfew-like restrictions even days after the undemocratic and unconstitutional move by the BJP Government to revoke the constitutional status of Kashmir is merely the depiction of the military’s infinite power under the patronage of democracy.
The suspension of internet services, telephonic contacts, and restrictions on the movement of people, ban on tourism have led the residents of the valley to re-enter the stone age. The tourism industry which provides the way of earning to so many people there has come to a grinding halt. Perhaps this was the time the valley’s tourist season was at the peak.
Another indication of dictatorship at the hands of the BJP Government is the restriction of the journalists who are not allowed to report freely in the restive state of Kashmir. The media reporting has also suffered due to constant interruptions in the provision of internet services.
India calls its latest move of changing the status of Kasmir entirely an issue of the internal matter, however, it has always maintained that Kashmir is an issue of bilateral concern between India and Pakistan. Undoubtedly the constitution of any country is an issue of internal concern but Jammu and Kashmir joined India through an Instrument of Accession which itself granted Kashmir a dominion status in which the dominion legislature was authorized to make the laws for the state.
The 1972 Simla agreement – a bilateral treaty which was signed and ratified by the parliaments of both states which deliberately mentioned that both the states are resolved to settle their differences by peaceful means through bilateral negotiations or by any other peaceful means mutually agreed upon between them. By calling the forcible change in the status of Kashmir, India has violated not only the Simla Agreement but also violated international law(Geneva Conventions).
The history of Indian aggression on the Kashmiris is decades-long and well-reported with the blood bath of thousands during the indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiri people but the recent unilateral move of altering the constitutional status of Kashmir is a major setback to their freedom struggle.
Perhaps India has given a major jerk to the struggle of Kashmiris and they’re supposed to respond in a more resistant manner as soon as the signs of dictatorship and restraints come to the halt.
What do you think about the clampdown by the BJP Government within the Kashmir and the reaction of Kashmiris after the present state of restrictions cease to exist? Share your thoughts in the comment section