Freedom. People talk about it. Politicians talk about it, as do Governments and all sorts of other organizations. But, when you see such abject usurpation of a people’s liberty and turn a blind eye to their plight, you betray the ideals of the right to freedom that is the right of these occupied and tortured people.
“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”.
— Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy
Roy slams world’s silence on Indian occupation of Kashmir
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 to self-determination.
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 terrorised 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.
Ms Roy accused US President Barack Obama of stepping back from calling for a solution of the Kashmir issue after initially supporting it, but relenting after seeing `consternation’ in India over his remarks.
“He (Mr Obama) hasn’t said a word about Kashmir since,” she said, adding that the US president was more interested in selling military aircraft and Boeings to India.
The apathy towards Kashmir, especially in the western world, Ms Roy said, was because of their pursuit of commercial interests in India where they were more eager to “sell their goods than human rights”.
Ms Roy alleged that Indian army or security personnel were killing young children, adding that Kashmiris were not radical Islamists or jihadists as India portrayed them.
Our prime minister solemnly went and assured the United Nations that there should be a plebiscite and he would have a plebiscite in Kashmir. How can you say that these views are seditious or anti-national.
I don’t have any regrets, those are my views. I realise that those views are the minority views in the country today.
Prashant Bhushan, team Anna member and Senior lawyer, who was beaten up inside his Supreme Court Chamber by Hindu right-wing extremists for calling for a referendum/plebiscite in Inidan Occupied Kahmir.
Prashant Bhushan sticks to stand on Kashmir plebiscite
Meanwhile Anna Hazre stands exposed. Hazare claims to be a fighter for just causes, but has completely and abjectly distanced himself from Bhushan’s moral stand. So much for Mr. Hazare.
Also, goes to show the reach of Hindu extremists. They assaulted Bhushan inside the high security Supreme Court premises, not on a public street. So, they can waltz in anywhere and beat up high profile people, what to say of common people who might have a dissenting opinion.
Anti-Kashmir comment: Anna’s aide Prashant Bhushan beaten up
Don’t regret my views on Kashmir: Prashant Bhushan
An uplifting article I came across in DAWN,
Lessons in history: Pakistan’s bright future.
On February 11 , 1984 Maqbool Bhat of Kashmir was sent to the gallows by the Indian occupiers of Kashmir. This hero and son of Kashmir still lives on as a martyr who refused to choose personal liberty over his people’s liberty. He could have found a haven away from Kashmir and built a nice cosy life for himself. Instead he choose to sacrifice his own well being for FREEDOM. A touching tribute by Mohammed Hussain Khan Altaf can be read @ The Great Martyr
Some words of Maqbool from above link,
“Freedom cannot be limited and compartmentalized; I however, cannot be made to compromise on my basic belief of a complete freedom for my homeland”
“Struggle is the best criterion to judge not only who is for and against the truth, but also to expose the hypocrites”.
“the end of communication is the beginning of all violence; where communication stops, beating, burning and hanging takes place’. For the fulfillment of my desire for my land and my people, I have gone through ‘the beating and the burning’ at the hands of those who deny truth. Having failed to break my spirit, only ‘hanging’ is left for them to try. May the Almighty strengthen my resolve and fortitude and bestow upon me the patience that I may not waver in this final test.”
To stand up to and defy the standard bearers of tyranny is the greatest honor of humanity. The history of ripping off from tyrants their democratic robes’ and exposing their monstrosity is as old as the history of man.
Nations survive because of that (strong) spirit, that abiding passion for liberty, which according to our Holy Prophet (PBUH), “emboldens one to recite the Kalima-e-Haq (the call for the truth) before a tyrant, and that too with the conviction that this is the greatest Jihad”.
In this never ending conflict between truth and falsehood, those who respond to their conscience and identify themselves with the standard bearers of truth, covet no rewards and desire no praise. This long and trying struggle sees many crests and troughs. The passage of time and unfavorable circumstance may affect its intensity but cannot put and end to it. It is the greatest duty of every upholder of truth to continue this struggle in all its intensity.
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Interview of Palestinian Doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish whose 3 daughters and 1 neice were killed by the israelis during the Gaza Genocide. Dr. Izzeldin worked for 20 years in israeli hospitals and worked tirelessly for peace. His martyred daughters were Bisan (20), Mayar (15), Aya (13) while his niece Nur Abuelaish was 17.
Gazan Doctor and Peace Advocate Loses 3 Daughters to Israeli Fire and Asks Why
His book @ Random House & Amazon
I don’t know what to blog about Kashmir. Should I blog about the indian atrocities, the pain and blood of Kashmiri muslims, the eyewitness accounts, the news reports? It seems such a feeble response, but silence is not an option. Pakistan is suffering from many pains of its own, but we have not forgotten our Kashmiri brothers. At the government level, we have a dysfunctional corrupt system with people in power who are not representative of the aspirations of the general public. So, the gaffes and sellouts of government officials and leaders should not be construed as the abandonment of Kashmir by Pakistan as a whole. The Pakistani people still care about our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. The latest news reports indicate that the number of Kashmiri martyrs in the present murdering rampage of indians has gone up to 105 and still rising. Our prayers and well wishes are with our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. I pray that Kashmiris breathe the sweet air of freedom very very soon. Long Live Kashmir and its brave muslims who are buying the freedom of their children with their blood. ALLAH is our MASTER and he does not abandon those who hold fast to Him. May GOD protect Kashmir and its people from all pains and atrocities.
Today Feb 5, 2010 is Kashmir Solidarity Day. The Day has been observed since 1990 to express solidarity for the oppressed Kashmiri people. The illegal occupation and cruelty of India occupiers knows no bounds, but the brave and resilient people of Kashmir refuse to lose hope. India unlawfully occupied Kashmir right after partition when the British left the subcontinent. Since that time, the Kashmiris have risen to claim their freedom and even now the chants of “Azadi, Azadi” (Freedom Freedom) give the Indians sleepless nights. We, the people of Pakistan salute the brave citizens of Kashmir. Insha’Allah Kashmiris will one day live in freedom and the sacrifices of those who have struggled for freedom will bear fruit for their children. Long Live Kashmir, Long Live Pakistan. Azadi, Azadi. The call to freedom can never be silenced by the pointed guns. Murders, rapes, torture … India doing what it can — but the brave Kashmirs continue their march to freedom defiantly and courageously. Their demand is just and backed by UN resolutions. Where are the world powers, the obamas who speak so much of democracy? What are the Kashmiris demanding? Only, that they be allowed to vote for their freedom under an impartial UN plebiscite to chart their future. If they want to join India, join Pakistan or be independent of both … it should be their choice. Isn’t that what democracy is all about? History is on their side, moral argument is on their side, international law is on their side, UN resolutions are on their side … Freedom is their right and Insha’Allah their future.
From Surah AN-NISA (Women) of HOLY QURAN (English Translation – Pickthal),
Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.
How should ye not fight for the cause of Allah and of the feeble among men and of the women and the children who are crying: Our Lord! Bring us forth from out this town of which the people are oppressors! Oh, give us from thy presence some protecting friend! Oh, give us from Thy presence some defender!
- 85 years old
- Holocaust Survivor
- Fighting for Palestinians.
(Youtube)Yvonne Ridley Interviews Hedy Epstein in Cairo
Hedy Epstein was born in 1924 in Germany to a Jewish family. In 1939, her family were able to send her to England through the Kindertransport (Refugee Children Movement). She never saw her parents again and all but two of her family were killed at Auschwitz. Continue reading
Words of wisdom and foresight spoken by Quaid in 1948 that were not heeded by us. He spoke of his love for the East Pakistan brethren and then warned of the evil designs being prepared by enemies within and outside the republic. Sadly, we fell prey to those despicable and nefarious efforts; but his words have a message, an insight, a passion that still holds true for us, both as we look back in history and forward towards the future. Recognize our failings, recognize our true enemies and hold true to the universal message of Islam that binds us in one fraternity.