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General News    H4'ed 9/5/19

Kashmir remains under siege one month after Indian annexation

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"If there were any doubt earlier it should be abundantly clear by now that their real enemy is the Kashmiri people. What India has done in Kashmir over the last 30 years is unforgivable. An estimated 70,000 people, civilians, militants and security forces have been killed in the conflict. Thousands have been "disappeared," and tens of thousands have passed through torture chambers that dot the valley like a network of small-scale Abu Ghraibs," her op-ed read.

The article further stated that Narendra Modi's hard-line approach in his first term exacerbated the violence in Kashmir a suicide bomber killed 40 Indian security personnel. "Now two months into Narendra Modi's second term," she said, "his government has played its most dangerous card of all. It has tossed a lit match into a powder keg. If that were not bad enough, the cheap, deceitful way in which it did it is disgraceful. In the last week of July, 45,000 extra troops were rushed into Kashmir on various pretexts."

"When it [lockdown] ends, as it must, the violence that will spiral out of Kashmir will inevitably spill into India. It will be used to further inflame the hostility against Indian Muslims who are already being demonized, ghettoized, pushed down the economic ladder, and, with terrifying regularity, lynched," she continued.

While alerting of dangers that can come from many directions, she said, the most powerful organization in India is the far-right Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or the R.S.S., with more than 600,000 members including Narendra Modi and many of his ministers, has a trained "volunteer" militia, inspired by Mussolini's Black Shirts. With each passing day, she said, the R.S.S. tightens its grip on every institution of the Indian state, adding, in truth, it has reached a point when it more or less is the state.

"If Kashmir is occupied by security forces, India is occupied by the mob," she stated.

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