Someone asked why I care about Kashmir since I’ve never been there. I’ve never been to most of the places I write about. I don’t write because I care more about human suffering & injustice than others. That’s a misanthropic delusion. Writing about injustice isn’t the sign of more empathy; it’s only putting in words & giving expression to what millions of others also feel. If that weren’t true, there would be no hope for the human race.
I write to let others know what is happening because I am absolutely confident & committed to the belief that when they do, they will be as outraged as I am & want to be part of solidarity.
“Indians, your news anchors, your media persons, your ministers, your brave jawans, your news broadcasts, your tweets, your Facebook updates, your political stands belittling & threatening us Kashmiris, all the while hiding behind your 700,000 armed forces.
Come to any of our little villages that you claim for India without hiding behind that power. We aren’t animals so won’t lynch you but you will be lucky to escape with your underpants.”
On the execution of a Kashmiri militant by Indian troops earlier today:
“You think you won by martyring him? Wait some hours & have a look at his funeral. The hero’s farewell. You kill one, hundreds are born.”
~ Murtaza Hassan Itoo
“indian state is incorrigible, it still doesn’t accept the fact that ideas cannot be gunned down. martyrs don’t die, they continue to live in memories and hearts, inspiring the just struggle in countless imperceptible ways. Only a morally decrepit people can call immense courage of taking on a brutal, wretched armed forces which commits war crimes as cowardly! By labelling our heroes as terrorists and their shameless cowardly forces as brave they cannot win this war. How long will their lies survive the power of truth? The only outcome of this war is nothing but Azaadi. True fighters long only for victory or martyrdom and what a blessed day to achieve that! May our martyrs rest in peace and power! Aameen.”
Hard to understand the moralizing about stone pelting when you read about the gruesome encounter last night in Tral, Kashmir between the Indian army & militants. Maybe you have to be a nationalist to be that obtuse not to see the scale of distinctions between stone pelters & platoons armed with machine & submachine guns, sniper & assault rifles, combat shotguns, semi-automatic pistols, pellet guns, grenades, mortars, & rocket launchers.
After the encounter where two were killed, protests erupted & prayer memorials were held all over Kashmir. Another young man was killed for protesting.
Imagine that the Indian army did this on the eve of Ramadan, a solemn period for Muslims. Not that they don’t do this every day. But one would hope for even a shred of decency, a momentary moratorium on barbarism so that Kashmiris could observe a sacred ritual. That isn’t the nature of militarism & occupation. It is bereft of humanity. That’s why it must be decisively defeated.
India is again expanding its internet blackout in order to increase barbarism without the testimony & documentation of Kashmiris on social media. Kashmiris cannot be allowed to stand alone. If their voices are silenced, they must be able to trust the voices of international solidarity will increase efforts to educate others about their struggle, to put political pressure on India, & to stand with them every step of the way.
A tribute to this young woman student stone pelter for standing against an army.
End the occupation. Self-determination for Kashmir.
(Photo by Basit Zargar)
Carol Sughrue is doing well after surgery & is home already–thanks to the many prayers & blessings she received from so many of you. Just to make sure she stays that way & we can have her back on Facebook, you might want to keep remembering her.
At once a tribute to those murdered today in Kashmir by Indian forces & a warning to India that such barbarism will not stop the struggle for freedom:
“And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah “They are dead”, rather they are alive but you perceive it not.”
–from a Kashmiri on Twitter
Apparently India has snapped the internet again in Kashmir. Back to VPNs.
India’s looking stupid in its bumbling attempts to silence the voices of Kashmiris.
“They have their dead bodies, not their obedience.”
–Kashmiri Kaiser Majeed
Another stunning work from 17-year-old Palestinian artist Malak Mattar who lives in Gaza.