This iconic photo from Jan. 23, 2002 is an Indian Border Security Force soldier standing guard over Kashmiris forced to crouch during a hunt to kill operation in Srinagar. Media reports that the operation was to flush out ‘hidden separatist militants’ but this is clearly more about humiliating Kashmiris. How does forcing grown men to crouch like this in the road help to flush out militants? Thousands of Kashmiris have been traumatized, injured, & killed in these operations since 1989 but the spirit of Azadi remains undaunted. Unfortunately for Indian nationalist propagandists, this photo resonates powerfully with the Nazi holocausts.
Demand the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all Indian forces from Kashmir.
(Photo by Rafiq Maqbool/AP, January 23, 2002)