Do you hear the deafening silence of political leaders about India’s onslaught against Kashmir? The most vigorous objection was from the US State Department who shook the naughty finger but from a position of moral depravity because of its several wars & there was some whimpering & hand-wringing from the UN. Imran Khan spoke the most forcibly but then blew it by calling for Trump to mediate. That’s because some of them are scoping out how well Modi’s scorched earth politics work out in Kashmir so as to emulate them against civil disorder in their own countries.

We cannot look to governments to address injustice in Kashmir or anywhere else since most are complicit with tyranny in one way or another. In Burma, as an example, if they aren’t selling arms to the genocidaires, they’re investing in the neoliberal bonanza operated by the military. Never was it more apparent that Palestinians, Kashmiris, Rohingya, Uyghur, Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Yemenis, Somalis, Libyans, Venezuelans, refugees, sweatshop workers, oppressed castes have only human rights supporters around the world to stand with them. We are called on by historic necessity & have the advantage of social media to educate, agitate, organize against war, occupation, persecution, inequality, genocide.

No human being is alien to us.