Imagine coming of age under occupation

Kashmiri throws wooden plant at police & paramilitary men in Srinagar July 25 2017 )Basit Zargar

Srinagar: imagine coming of age under occupation with this measure of conflict & tension, with soldiers–one to every seven Kashmiris–prowling the streets. All they have to do to end it is submit to colonialism, give up all claims to living as a free people, agree to live like whipped puppies under Modi-think & Hindutva nationalism. That’s why the Kashmiri struggle is so important: because they won’t.

The Kashmiri struggle may & certainly a Kashmiri victory would contribute monumentally to the titanic struggles in India against caste oppression, religious persecution & intolerance, the struggle against scorched earth neoliberal economics. That’s why so many of the most powerful voices of solidarity with Kashmiri self-determination are Indians. They understand the dialectical unity between freedom for Kashmir & the struggle against oppression in India.

Long live Kashmiri Intifada. End the occupation. Self-determination for Kashmir.

(Photo by Basit Zargar)