Despite coordinated endeavors by traditional right-wing disseminators to criticize the protestors who are challenging the three farming laws by marking them Khalistanis, this point has discovered little prominence among the overall population. Then again, more individuals have turned out on the side of the farmers, putting aside the caste system and political associations.
A new rise of insurgencies in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has become phenomenal in recent years. The increase in the number of these groups and recruitments can be attributed to the current Indian government’s attitude and policies. Since 2014, when BJP came into power, unrest has risen. Steps taken by BJP Government have initiated a new wave of civil unrest in IOJ&K. This report provides a brief account of the current regime’s policies and their administrative approaches that are leading IOJ&K to become a pool of locally bred militant insurgency.
The imagery behind this is constructed through the mythology of two mothers whose fables came to be adopted and championed as the epitome of motherly sacrifice in Kashmir. The story of the mothers of Aka-nandun spins a folktale that idealizes the sacrifice and selflessness of women despite the torment she faces on losing her child. The other tale of Lalded is based on a woman who evoked mysticism in the land of clashing belief systems and spoke the language of the changing Kashmiri ethos. She didn’t give birth to a child, rather, became the symbol of motherhood, guiding the wayward souls by breaking free from the patriarchal bounds and donning the armor of maternal spirit to transform and challenge the notions of the faltering Kashmiri society.
The Indian former Intelligence Bureau Director A. S. Dulat warned, “The calm appears deceptive.” This seasonal expert was veracious in sensing the emerging trend of militancy in Kashmir followed the decrease in 2013. There was a turning situation where a unique form of militant insurgency emerged after the evocation of autonomy provisions by abrogating Article 370 and 35A. It seriously triggered the concern of India regarding the new form of militancy.
The concept of self-determination emerged from Rosseau and John Locke’s political theories, which ultimately led to the French & American Revolution, respectively. On these grounds, the UN formulated and recognized the efforts of indigenous movements in gaining independence from 1960 onwards. The Kashmiri people, therefore, are simply advocating a globally agreed-upon cause in the face of military tyranny and human rights violations posed by India in their territory.
The gendered lens is one that can be employed to understand the conflict in Kashmir and its relationship to national identities. The Indian nationalist imagination views the state as a patriarchal and masculine figure that must exert control over its feminine counterpart, Kashmir, in order to coerce it into submission. Similarly, feminists have understood violence to be perceived as masculine, whereas, peace is viewed as devalued and feminine leading to the use of gender relations as the basis of fueling violence. A key factor in the propagation of gender-based violence lies in the foundations of the nation-state building process.
A research team from the Centre for Social and Political Research visited Gilgit Baltistan to hold a series of talks with political representatives, social leaders as well as the local people to probe into the historical background, public opinion and political dynamics that revolve around the decision of Pakistani state to grant a provisional provincial status to the region. This report also examines the topic on the macro level discussing international conflicts regarding this region and the micro level as well discovering the cultural factors that determine the public opinion.
India has very limited options. With this peace deal, it has become clear that the Taliban are bound to come into power sooner or later. So, India needs to prepare accordingly. In a recent visit to New Delhi, US Chief Negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad urged New Delhi to start a political dialogue with the Taliban and directly discuss their terrorism-related concerns. He said, “India is an important force in Afghanistan, and it would be appropriate for that [India-Taliban] engagement to take place.”
The 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
The 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is set to end today. The summit was held under the theme “united against terrorism, for peace and development.” The OIC, the second largest intergovernmental organization in the world after the UN with 57 member states on four continents, recognized that terrorism remains a global phenomenon that no country can fight alone.
An informative session with Hassan Aslam Shad on The Kashmir Issue and its various dimensions in International Law along with the assessment of the stances of both parties.