Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies today called upon the government of India 'to take solid steps on ground to retrieve the situation from turning into chaos and to initiate time-bound process of negotiations with the parties to the dispute.
In a meeting chaired by Prof Hameedah Nayeem KCSDS said that for the past forty days now Kashmir has been reeling after the Commander Burhan Wani's killing, under the back breaking curfew, restrictions and forces' brutal operations to crush the massive unprecedented revolt in twelve hundred villages of Kashmir.
"It has been the longest curfew and brutal operation by forces possibly anywhere in the world. So far 66 persons have been mercilessly killed with latest being a lecturer Shabir Ahmad in Khrew who has been beaten and tortured to death by the forces of the largest democracy in the world," Nayeem said adding that more than 500 hundred have been deliberately blinded by pellet guns and thousands maimed and crippled by guns for life only for raising their voice of protest against brutal and heavily militarized occupation.
"Any other country in the world which professes to be democratic would have listened to the voice of people and set in motion a speedy political process to address the rightful demands of the agitating people. But Indian state has been sending only more forces to suppress the people's largely peaceful movement and by trying to generate different deceptive narratives to deflect world attention from the peaceful massive movement and to misinform Indian public".
She said that Pakistan comes as a handy whipping boy to Government of India to escape from owning responsibility for the sins it has committed in Kashmir. "Everyone knows that it has been a spontaneous massive revolt surging out a cumulative anger that has accumulated over the years for not solving the Kashmir issue," Nayeem said. "The anger is against attempts to naturalise a military brutal order , for maintaining a paralysing political stalemate, for trying to change the demographics and cultural landscape of Kashmir in spite of having rendered enormous sacrifices both human and material in the past three decades for exercising the right to self determination".
Nayeem said that in mystifying the current revolt and giving it various names other than what it is in reality, PDP has been on the forefront in helping Indian government to wriggle out of the responsibility of resolving the issue and crushing it with a brute force.