I am writing to express my support to the principled stand of the CGPI enunciated in the article entitled
“End State repression in Jammu and Kashmir now! Repeal AFSPA, remove army and paramilitary forces from civilian areas!’’, carried in the August 1-15, 2013 issue of MEL.
The CGPI has consistently maintained that the problems in Kashmir is not because of the party in power, but due to the dispensation of the Indian state, irrespective of which party is in power. By now the blood-soaked valley has seen tens of thousands of deaths in the last couple of decades, disappearances, and the worst kind of human right abuses. A festering sore is the infamous Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act which accords virtual martial law powers to the armed forces. The article correctly points out that the security forces behave like an occupation army and have no regard for the most basic rights of the people of Kashmir.
Indeed, the national question which has remained unresolved in India in the post 1947 era pops up from time to time, and each time it bears only the most tragic fruits for the people of Kashmir. Indeed, the lies that are propagated are that somehow all this is caused by trouble makers from outside, while in reality it is the common people of Kashmir who are fighting for their dignity. With the Indian bourgeoisie being in an expansionist and imperialist mode, it is hard to imagine when the dark days will come to an end.
I would like to end by recalling the words of the article ``...condemns the violence unleashed on the people of Kashmir by the armed forces and calls for immediate repeal of the AFSPA, withdrawal of the army to its barracks and a political solution to the problem of Kashmir, in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.’’