In lieu of recent processions of students of Jawaharlal Nehru university in heart of Indian federation, questions like what exactly is going on in India’s domestic political arena is not that difficult to answer. Infact with a little committed intent; one can easily deduce the fact that there is an evident divide within the Indian society. The stance of the Indian state and its subjects’ ability to digest an obsolete narrative over issue of Kashmir is among few of the major ones. Of course acceptance of the actuality of it will be a transition for big chunk of Indian social structure which is bloomed and raised on stories of atoot ang. Surge of apathy will last for some time but never the less it defiantly will leave some sour faces and twisted remarks complaining about the intensity of the bitterness it’s going to cause, evidence of which can be traced in the recent shaky developments taking place in Delhi and other cities of India. The issue about freedom of speech was always a contradictory fable which now is getting burst as a bubble as we speak.
Events taking place in The Jawaharlal University Delhi have an intriguing backdrop tainted with all the shades of gray and ironically little confusion on the Indian establishment’s part. The saga of JNU can be considered as a mere tip of an iceberg protruding out of choppy waters and unfriendly winds. It is not just a routine current affair continuation of a commotion, but a reflection of generations’ long journey. It is a land mark of an epic struggle where the original explorers are joined by the ones who came to realize that the sculpture of false fable portraying India as the largest democracy is nothing but a false binary.
The issue of Kashmir is a continuous obstacle against which the Indian government is on a full collision course. Though they believe that this impediment doesn’t pose any danger, and gradually its demise is inevitable. They cannot be more wrong.
On 9th of February 2016, members of Democratic Student Union, a student organisation in the Jawaharlal Nehru University called for a cultural meeting to protest against what they believed the judicial killings of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat and in solidarity with the struggle of Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self-determination. For a self-proclaimed world largest democratic country, it shouldn’t be a big deal but it eventually became one. Large masses of Kashmiri students from inside and outside the university attended the event. It should be noted that the DSU is a leftist group in the university campus that believes in the ideology of Maoism which is considered by the Indian security establishment as one of the single largest threats to Indian union. The military uprisings in seven contiguous North Indian states, nicknamed as the seven sisters, due to systematic economic and social suppression coupled with the atrocities committed by the Indian security forces has triggered the rebellious streak of the indigenous people, the Naxals. This Naxalite reaction to perceived social injustice has overwhelmingly challenged the writ of Indian state.
From the Indian establishment perspective, it seems they do not want the Kashmiris and Maoists – the two groups of people being decimated at the hands of Indian state – to collude. Despite contrarian measures taken by the BJP government, the unity between oppressed seems inevitable. The Kashmiris and Maoists are finally able to draw out to a common platform to register their struggle.
Human rights abuses in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are a continuum of the bloodiest chapter of the Indian subcontinent history. This ongoing phenomenon which has stemmed from the unfinished agenda of the partition of subcontinent has been subjected to an unending series of violence and abuses ranging from mass killings, forced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech. Kashmiris are protesting against brutality of Indian state for a long time now. The new absorbing turn all of it has taken is that protest and struggle has attracted the participation of self-conscious factions of Indian society which is retaliating against measures taken by Indian security establishment and its political face BJP to answer the questions posed by insecure minorities.
From Maqbool Bhat to Afzal Guru, there are numerous people who were annihilated and prosecuted just because they voiced their concerns for Kashmir and didn’t surrender. They stood up to defy the tyranny of Indian State and left a bright shining trail of their tale. Sadly their defiance has yielded little impact on international community which has criminally closed her eyes to a ruthless manslaughter and now finally this silence is leading Kashmiris to an ultimate phase where the victims are rising from submerges of exploitations to look back in the eyes of their pariah. Kashmiris have come to the conclusion that none other but they themselves are their own messiahs.