Published On: Wed, Oct 5th, 2016

India’s sneaky tactics towards Pakistan and the Kashmir issue

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India takes great pride in calling itself the World’s largest democracy, and considers itself an influential player on the International stage. But India’s actions lately have painted a very different picture to that. India has gone berserk in Jammu and Kashmir, with excessive force and brutal tactics used by Indian security forces. And rather than addressing the situation and accepting their own mistakes, the Indian State has invested time and energy into preventing all voices that are critical of the Kashmir situation, to come out in the open. This is a rather unfortunate ploy to stop the outside world knowing just exactly how dire the situation in Kashmir actually is.
A clear example of the tactics used by India is the arrest of Human Rights defender Khurram Pervez, who was stopped from attending the United Nations in Geneva. The Indian government declined to comment on why Mr. Parvez was arrested from Delhi airport, which seriously questions India’s claim of being a free and open society. Free speech is an essential part of any flourishing democracy and the arrest of Khurram Parvez is a strong indication that free speech in India really depends on what is being said and who is saying it. Anything related to Kashmir which highlights the hardships faced by the people is being censored, which is unacceptable in a democracy.
Even celebrities are finding it difficult to express their anguish over Kshmir’s plight. Kashmiri born Indian television actor Iqbal Khan was heavily criticised for a twitter post, in which he compared Kashmir today to Palestine. This irked many people, leading to a backlash against the popular actor. Iqbal Khan was merely critical of how the Indian government was handling the situation in Kashmir, and condemned the use of pellet guns, which has left an alarming number of people blind. There was nothing anti-state in the actor’s twitter post, and yet it was made controversial. Such a reaction is not exactly surprising, but again it does not reflect well on a nation that has the slogan, “India shining.” If individuals are unable to freely express their opinions and share their thoughts without fear, that society needs to ask itself some serious questions.
After the Uri attack which killed 17 soldiers, there has been a lot of pressure on Pakistani artists working in India to leave. Hindu extremists have given an ultimatum to Pakistani artists, asking them to return to Pakistan or face the consequences. Hateful sentiments across the border are nothing new and Pakistani artists have faced such pressure in the past as well. But it is a real shame to see people in India taking advantage of the situation, going after artists who are a soft target. Pakistan and India have a history of tensions but people to people contact and art has been the only thing that has kept a lid of sanity on top. If art suffers then so do the people. This sort of extremist approach towards Pakistan on India’s part simply showcases a narrow mindedness that has become a part of Indian society. We cannot tar everyone with the same brush, not everyone is a war monger across the border. But we have seen on various occasions a mistreatment of Pakistani artists. As they say, an artist is a global citizen, the world is his home. But India is using this tactic to divert attention elsewhere.
And without a formal investigation into the Uri attack, India has declared Pakistan the culprit and has vowed to isolate its rival in the International arena. And India has already started working on that, after announcing a boycott of the SAARC summit which was scheduled for Pakistan. And now Bangladesh and Bhutan are following in their footsteps. Modi Sarkar is using all tactics available to create difficulties for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Whether India will succeed, time will tell. But so far it has taken a step in that direction and Pakistan has to be fully aware of this and remain on its toes. India’s sneaky tactics are clear for two reasons, both intertwined. The intention is to create further problems for Pakistan, knowing full well that Pakistan does not enjoy the same amount of attention that India receives on the International stage. And if India succeeds in doing so, this would mean that the Kashmir issue would once again fade out into the background.
India knows that a weak and isolated Pakistan can do nothing for the Kashmir cause, and that is precisely why Modi Sarkar is trying to harm Pakistan diplomatically. India is playing its cards right and knows exactly how to push Pakistan into a corner. It has done it before but Narendra Modi’s government is taking it a few notches higher. The level of unrest in Kashmir is unimaginable to those outside and the brutal nature of the security forces cannot be understood by anyone other than the people of Kashmir. The world is watching and yet it is silent because India has created a very strong position for itself globally, and knows how to work the International stage. Pakistan has been lacking in this area for a very long time and now has to play catch up.
Taking on India diplomatically was never going to be an easy task for Nawaz Sharif and Co and they seem to be feeling the heat. Too many mistakes have been made in the past by Pakistan but it must now buck up and stand tall in front of India on all levels. War should never be an option but Pakistan must come out all guns blazing diplomatically to pin India down on its atrocities in Kashmir. The attack in Uri does not take away from the fact that India has damaged Jammu and Kashmir severely. How ironic that this “democracy” claiming Kashmir to be its “atoot ang,” is deliberately allowing another generation of Kashmir to wither away. India shining? That is debatable.

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