Published On: Fri, Apr 20th, 2018

Modi at CHOGM-2018

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

CHOGM-2018 comes to an end today on 20 April 2018. It is a global association of 53 countries, including India and Pakistan. Heads of Governments of these countries came together to discuss, ‘Towards a Common Future’.The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scot emphasised that the meet would focus on creating a fairer, more prosperous, sustainable and secure future. The Queen emphasised the role that young people play in the Commonwealth, 60 per cent of whom are under the age of 30.
If any head of the government was uncomfortable and haunted by events at home and in London, it was surely– Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At home there is an angry society and opposition, on the question of governance and protection of human rights in India. Treatment meted out to Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits in India was raised by protesters on the streets of London.

Profiling and killing of Kashmiri youth by the Indian forces (occupation forces), daily abuse of men, women and youth in their homes and on the streets of Kashmir and the continued violation of human rights of the people in the disputed State, were condemned by angry Kashmiris, Pakistanis and their sympathisers on the streets of London.

People of all backgrounds and faiths expressed their revulsion and condemned Modi on the gang rape and killing of 8 year old Muslim Bakarwal girl Asifa in Kathuwa. Modi faced the truth that in his ‘secular’ India eight Hindus went all the way to plan a kidnap, rape and killing of 8 year old Muslim girl, in a Hindu Temple – the abode of god. Hindu goddess sat eagle spread and helpless during the child’s rape. Goddess failed to bring any storm on the erring culprits and save the child. How could a ‘goddess’ witness the rape of an unconscious child for many days. Looks as if Hindu ‘goddess’ had turned a blind eye or was just no more than a carved heartless stone. It can’t be that the ‘goddess’ seated in the Devisthan was herself one from RSS or from Hindu Mahasabha and was acting as guardian angel to protect the eight Hindus.

Indian civil society has been raising concerns on the question of use of rape as a weapon of war in Jammu and Kashmir. Unfortunately we find that it has fallen in the trap of overwhelming propaganda machinery used by the Government of India and its agencies to malign and ruffle the image of Kashmiri resistance. One should admit that if the ‘Hindu goddess’ failed to protect the 8 years old Asifa in Kathuwa, constitution of India too failed to protect more than 30 Muslim women of Kunan and Poshpora from the gang rape by Hindu soldiers of 6 Rajputana Rifles on the night of Feb 23, 1991.

At home, from Mumbai, Modi had another bad news. Doctors, Lawyers, MBAs and other 2 lakh highly qualified Indians have applied for 1,137 police constable vacancies. This comes to around a job for every 175 candidates.The minimum qualification required for the police constabulary post is HSC (Std XII). Out of the over 2 lakh applications the police have received, 423 are Bachelors of Engineering, 167 are holders of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees, 543 are post graduates like MCom, 28 have BEd degrees, 34 are Masters in Computer Science, 159 are MSC, 25 are Bachelors in Mass Media and Communication, 3 are doctors, Bachelors in Ayurveda MedicalSciences (BAMS) and 5 are LLBs. A constable gets quarters to live in, Rs 25,000 salary a month and perks.

Prime Minister Modi, has not been any different in Kashmir, than his parent body RSS was in December 1931. On 20 December 1931 RSS organised an anti-Kashmiri Muslim march on the streets of Lahore. Hindu rulers in Delhi continue to treat politics and people of Kashmir like a pack of cards after the evening meal. The survey report of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) of the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation reveals that the number of households living below poverty line in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 4.17 lakhs. Out of these 3.71 lakh households live in rural areas of the state. The poverty rate in the state rose from 9.4 per cent in 2009-10 to 10.35 per cent in 2011-12.

Prime Minister Modi’s human rights record has been questioned by The US State Department in March 2005. He (as chief minister) was declared unqualified for a diplomatic visa andwas also identified as a foreign government official who “was responsible for or directly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom” and ineligible for a visa to the United States. His tourist/business visa was also revoked under section 212 (a) (2) (g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Section 212 (a) (2) (g). Modi remains identified under US immigration laws as a person who “was responsible for or indirectly carried out, at any time, particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”

Nothing has changed since 2005 except, that the theatre of crime has moved from Gujrat to the disputed State of Jammu and Kashmir and Modi has been elected as Prime Minister. Modi continues to be haunted by his inheritance from RSS and misdeeds in Gujrat and Kashmir. While at CHOGM-2018 he has run a Tweet which speaks volumes about his guilt. He has tweeted, “I thank all those who saw the programme, be it in person in London, or on TV and social media. It is amazing to see high levels of enthusiasm towards India all over the world. The interest towards India due to the skills and strengths of 125 crore Indians.”

Modi while highlighting the “skills and strengths of 125 crore Indians”, has to keep a just balance of his boast. He needs to reconcile these ‘skills and strengths’, with the ‘skills and strengths’ shown by eight Hindus in the rape of 8 years old Muslim Bakarwal girl Asifa in ‘Devisthan’ and gang rape of 30 Muslim women of Kunan and Poshporaby Hindu soldiers of 6 Rajputana Rifles on the night of Feb 23, 1991.Modi Ji the house of abode of ‘goddess’ (Devisthan) and the constitution of India have both failed minorities in India and Muslims in the disputed State of Kashmir.

The author is the President of JKCHR – NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations. He is on UN Register as an Expert in Peace Keeping, Humanitarian Operations and Election Monitoring Missions. He is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court. Author could be reached at dr-nazirgilani@jkchr.com

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