Another Legacy of Imperial Deception:  The Plight of the Vale of Kashmir

While reading about the Jammu Kashmir conflict I recently came across an op-ed in ‘The Politic’ by Sabrina Bustamante titled ‘What if both sides are bad’: Truths at War in Kashmir.  Unlike the vast majority of writers that always tends to assume an India-biased stance when it comes to the Jammu Kashmir conflict, she is most definitely engaged in a rather conscious effort to remain impartial as she opines after seven decades the Jammu Kashmir dispute has morphed into a mere matter of national pride for India and Pakistan, and is therefore employed to gain political benefit by both, while the people of Jammu Kashmir stand forgotten.  Nonetheless, the core notion upon which her narrative is built i.e. there may be two truths at war, does tend to reflect a degree of naivety as far as the dynamics at play in British India, before and after Transfer of Power under the Independence Act of India 1947, as well as the stipulations that dictated the accession of the 565 or so Princely States of British India at the time, not to mention the commanding impact of the underlying spirit, the unstoppable idea, that forced the Partition of British India to begin with.  Indeed if we focus only on the current or the more recent past, and opine solely on the basis of what is broadcast in the mainstream media and propagated by sponsored research academics the notion ‘What if both sides are bad? ’ could be proclaimed to hold weight.  However, long-running disputes and conflicts as complex as this one, wherein the web of intricacies transformed subtly over the passage of time adding new twists and turns to the affair, do not allow such simplistic judgments.  In fact it may be appropriate to refrain from declaring a verdict of any variety, intellectual, political or moral, without a rather comprehensive understanding of the contextual details involved in the mater.  There is no contesting the fact the plight of the people of the Vale of Kashmir should have continuously occupied centre-stage in this on-going saga instead of being spun into a Geo-political tool, but it is equally correct that ‘two truths are NOT at war here’.  Irrespective of the fact how multidimensional it has become, the Jammu Kashmir affair does not present a paradox by any means.  There is only one plain, albeit multifaceted, truth in sight here: the inordinate misfortune of the people of Jammu Kashmir as a direct consequence of the multi-layered game of deception played by the imperial mind-set of the British Indian Empire, its partner in crime i.e. the Hindu leadership of All India National Congress, not to forget the collaborators among the Muslim politicians of the age.  If the world outside never gets to witness the true extent of the inhumane treatment Muslims of Jammu Kashmir are subjected to, or form an accurate perspective of the contributing dynamics, it is because truth in its entirety is never allowed to surface; it only leaks out, in little bits and pieces, here and there, that somehow succeed in escaping the many forms of repression and distortion employed by the Indian lobbyists.  An utter lack of genuine concern in the global power centres and the mainstream media, which are dominated by the Globalists, coupled with duplicity on part of the everlasting plenty of pseudo-intellectuals, quasi-historians, ‘for sale’ journalists, and corrupt politicians in Pakistan, who happen to be proud pawns of the Globalists, the complete picture of the every-day torments that continue to agonize resilient Kashmiris never makes it to the consciousness of even the many well-meaning truth-seekers.  Nor are the hidden particulars, which shaped this dispute and could effectively uncoil the Anglo-Indian conspiracy, permitted to surface in the mainstream except heavily coloured by propaganda.  What the outside world hears is a chronicle proactively disseminated by the Indian lobbyists instated in key power centres around the globe; a tale that has been shaped by deceit and tells a lie.  The shamefully puny effort of the bulk of politicians and the civil society in Pakistan toward highlighting the plight of the Muslims in Jammu Kashmir on pertinent forums does not stand a chance, not only because it tends to display an utter want of comprehensive familiarity with actual facts on their part, but more so because of an absolute lack of genuine conviction.  Perhaps it will not be an overstatement to say the ethically depraved majority of Pakistani politicians might have just succumbed to the Indian influence and bartered over the rights of the Muslims of Jammu Kashmir had they not been apprehended by the fact with the passage of time this dispute has come to sit high on the central doctrine of the Pakistan Armed Forces for more than one reason.  Hence the impression this conflict has been employed as a Geo-political tool, while the anguish of the people of Jammu Kashmir has been thrown into oblivion.  As said earlier, there is no denying human plight sits at the heart of this issue, however just as incontestable is the fact that a grave wrong was committed to start with; ‘something’ was in the making, but then ‘something else’ was made to occur, and that ‘something else’ became the very source of prolonging the misery of the people of Jammu Kashmir to this day.  Without tracing steps back in time, and taking into account the untold history of the Realpolitik that gave birth to and shaped the subtleties of this conflict, one cannot possibly expect to do justice to the cause of the Muslims of Jammu Kashmir who have shed their blood and laid their lives, but not accepted defeat in the face of the falsehood embodied by almost daily acts of brutality committed by up to 700,000 armed Indian personnel deployed in their territory.  Continue reading “Another Legacy of Imperial Deception:  The Plight of the Vale of Kashmir”