Analysis & Opinion

Reaction of Kashmir to Indian Brutalities

The famous phrase “toughness begets a greater toughness, as quoted by Martin Luther King, expounds the shifting dynamics of struggle of Kashmiri people for their independence.People in Indian Occupied Kashmir are subject to gross human rights violations and they have been witnessing increasing Indian aggression since the start of the illegal occupation of J&K. Thousands of lives have been lost, women raped, children and elders butchered.

Since the death of BurhanWani, in 2016, Indian forces, faced with the unprecedented level of resistance from indigenous populace, have resorted to the extreme facetsof coercion to suppress and malign purely indigenous movement. Uses of pellet guns have become a new normal in the valley. Thousands of children and young people have suffered irredeemable injuries, with HibaNisar, a 19-month old toddler, the youngest one to lose complete sight. 

In this context, people in Kashmir are deeply agitated and hostility towards occupant forces is higher than ever before. Given the fact that Kashmiris have lost their faith in rigged political process, their identity is largely been compromised, attempts are being made to bring demographic changes in the region, Kashmiris have been pushed to find new channels to fight against heinous designs of occupant forces. 

Squeezed by the barbarity of Indian forces, Kashmiri youth have now stood to register their strong reaction. A Kashmiri youthnamelyAdil Dar alias Waqas Commando of Gundibagh rammed a vehiclein a caravan of CRPF near Goripora, Pulwama to avenge the killings of Kashmiri youth. Reportedly, 20 persons were killed and scores injured. About 2500 CRPF persons were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar in the caravan.

Pulwama incident is reaction of a squeezed Kashmiri youth. India must realize that it cannot control and suppress the Kashmiri people as youth of Kashmir is now awakened and is eager to react to react to the ndiansuppressive acts with sincere sacrifices. To defame the indigenous rebellion and struggle of Kashmiri people, Indian deep state in league with tabloid media has always attempted to create fabricated links with Pakistan. However, such attempts now stand completely exposed as Indian media is accepting that local Kashmiri youth are up against them. Farooq Abdullah has many a time indicated that Kashmiri youth are now reacting to Indian aggression and why the Indian establishment is not reaching out the Kashmiris. Video clip of Farooq Abdullah is an ample proof that Kashmiri youth have awakened to the sit and are reacting in the same way Indians gen treated them.

The struggle of Kashmiri people have entered into third generation and this generation is sentimental and determined to transform the dream of their forefathers into a reality. Evidently, majority of the Kashmiri youth up against Indian forces is educated, sophisticated and knowledgeable about weapons/devices. In the wake of Pulwama incident, Indian forces will further squeeze the IOK resulting in killing of more Kashmiri youth in fake encounters. However, Kashmiri youth now feel more determined and prepared to the spirit of BurhanWani till they unyoke themselves from Indian slavery. India must realize that J&K is slipping away from her hands and the pulse of Kashmiri populace now lies under the thumb of resistance leadership.

The big question is whether the first salvo has been fired in what could be the beginning of a new phase of terrorism in Kashmir in which suicide bombings becomes the new normal. This is something that will only become clear over time. What is surprising, however, is not that such a bombing has taken place but that it has taken so long for such an attack to happen. Some analysts have been warning about such attacks in Kashmir. The reasons that led to such a suicide bombing were quite evident and unchallenged. To the dismay of peace loving communities of the region, India‘s response to the event is below the standards of rationality and pragmatism.

Unfortunately, this has become a never-ending cycle of blame games, rebuttals and denials — with no joint engagement to understand the cause of the violence. To Pakistan’s credit, although it has vowed political, moral and diplomatic support for the Kashmiris, successive governments have at least attempted to reach out to India — several times — to engage in talks, but there has been no reciprocal gesture from Delhi, which has more often than not jumped to its own conclusions.

If there is solid evidence that non-state actors used this country’s soil to target others, then the Indians must provide it and Pakistan must conduct investigations. But without such cooperation, it is unlikely that a solution will be found.

The fact remains that until Delhi backs down from its militarised approach to the Kashmir issue, the violence will continue. Brutality will only beget more violence. It is only through the path of negotiations involving Pakistan, India and the Kashmiris that the stand-off can be resolved. But for that India will have to shed its rigidity and recognise that Kashmir is indeed a disputed territory — a reality the international community affirms.


The writer Adeel Mukhtar Mirza is a research scholar at Islamabad Policy Research Institute. The author delivers lectures on international relations and the changing world dynamics. He has numerous published articles in the domain of International Relations. He graduated as a Strategic Studies’ scholar from National Defense University, Islamabad.