SRINAGAR, Pakistan—Indian terrorists tried to kill an 83-year-old Kashmiri leader in the heart of the Indian capital while he delivered a lecture at a think-tank. The Indian media generally censored the news and the government has failed to arrest the attackers.
Where is the much trumpeted Indian democracy?
This is not news for old India hands. In India you can get away with anything, even twenty-first century’s first genocide. More than 2,000 Indians were burned alive on the streets of western Indian state of Gujrat in 2002. This carnage was committed in just three days. The families of those killed await justice a decade later.
In 2007, more than forty Pakistani tourists were burned alive on a train traveling to New Delhi from Pakistan. Serving Indian intelligence officers worked with Hindu terrorists to carry out the massacre, according to investigations made public by Indian police. The purpose of the murders was to implicate Pakistan’s ISI spy agency and force India to cut ties with Pakistan. In short, the Pakistani victims believed Indian government’s pledge for peace and traveled to that country trusting to be treated well. Their families await justice five years later.
And in 1999, an Australian priest and his two little boys were burned alive by Hindu terrorists. Those Hindu terrorists were never arrested. One Hindu extremist was apprehended, sentenced to death and then India’s supposedly secular judges expressed open sympathy with the Hindu terrorist out of bias against the work of the Christian missionary. Pictures of the 10- and 6-year-old sons of the missionary feeding Indian children abandoned by India’s government did nothing to move the conscience of the Indian judges.
This is a sample of the Indian mindset that hides behind India’s self-promotion as a bastion of democracy and liberalism. The American and British media play a large role in promoting this image for political and strategic reasons.
Back to the attack on Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He is the chairman of the All-Parties Hurriyat [Freedom] Conference, an umbrella group of Kashmiri parties demanding freedom from India’s 62-year-old occupation of Kashmir as stipulated by UN Security Council resolutions.
His frequent visits to the Indian capital show that he is a man of reason and tolerance, despite his position as a freedom leader in a territory where a 700,000 strong Indian army is involved in mass rapes and assassinations to stump out the freedom movement.
Geelani was addressing the Center for the Study of Developing Societies on Monday when members of two Hindu terror groups, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena group, stormed the hall and tried to reach for Geelani. Failing to get hold of him physically, one of the Hindu extremists managed to push him hard enough for his traditionally Kashmiri cap to fall off his head.
Considering Geelani’s age and his willingness to reach out to the people of the country that occupies his people, there was obviously sympathy and embarrassment in India over what a few Indian extremists tried to do.
There is suspicion that elements in the Indian military and political elite might have instigated the two Hindu terror groups. New Delhi has never faced a more stronger resistance to its occupation in Kashmir than it does today. Almost the entire population of Kashmir is up in arms against the Indian occupation.
Even pro-occupation parties in Kashmir felt compelled to condemn the Indian extremists. For example, Omar Abdullah, widely known as the ‘puppet’ chief minister of Kashmir under Indian rule, said this in a tweet:
“These BSKS & ABVP goons are bloody idiots. Anyone can assault an old man as if attacking [Geelani] will make the Kashmir issue just disappear.”
On Tuesday, students of the University of Kashmir, who are largely anti-India, observed a day of protest against the Indian attempt on Geelani’s life. The Kashmiri leader addressed the students from New Delhi through telephone. [See the video]
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