Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kashmir; A burning Land

Kashmir, a God gifted heaven like land on earth; there is a popular provoke in subcontinent that “If Heaven is exist on earth then it must be the Kashmir”. God created Kashmir only to show the world that How God can create Heaven and Man turns it into Hell. Kashmir has always been a conflict between India and Pakistan not even China has taken off his hands from Kashmir. But it strange that when few thousand people gather in Iran all the western media leave all works and try to cover it but several thousand people killed in Kashmir, daily Kashmiris do demonstration for Independence but you will find nothing in western media. This biased behavior of west is one of the root causes of terrorism.

Current uprising in Kashmir:
The current uprising in Kashmir is strange for both India and west because this is for the first time in the history of Kashmir that there is no support from Pakistan. In a major shift from Pakistan’s long-standing position, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, whose party recently took the reins of the country, has done nothing for issue of Kashmir. Kashmir on the other hand seems to have a different mindset altogether. The valley believes that they should be given freedom both from the clutches of Pakistan & India. Until now, the issue was between India & Pakistan but now it is only between Kashmir and India. Nobody other than Kashmiris has the right over Kashmir and only the people of the valley should decide its fate.

India and Pakistan Point of View:
 India always says that Kashmir is the Part of India and according to the instrument of accession signed by the Maharaja of Kashmir on 26th October 1947 and on the same day Indian troops landed on Kashmir. Whereas Pakistan has always said that Kashmir is a Muslim dominated region and always was and according to the resolution made in 1947 during the partition of India, it was made clear that whoever wants either to be with India or Pakistan is their own decision and Kashmiri people has always wanted to be with Pakistan, mojority population in Kashmir support of joining with Pakistan and even today they have the same decision. Furthermore according to the boundaries mentioned in Border plan of China, about nearly half of the Kashmir up to “Eidgah-Srinagar Location” is part of China. In 1948 a resolution was passed, where amongst other things both India and Pakistan were to withdraw troops from Kashmir (including Azad Kashmir or Pakistan occupied Kashmir) to create an environment for the people to vote freely on the issue of Accession. But according to the People of Kashmir free and fair elections have never happened. The UN resolutions also made it clear that solution of Kashmir whether Kashmir wants to remain with India or Join Pakistan or Establish itself as an Independent Nation should only be made according the decide of the people of Kashmir and not by India or Pakistan. But India has yet not given the right freedom (democracy) to the people of Kashmir. They are being suppressed by Various Acts like AFSPA (Armed Force Special Powers Act), PSA (Public Safety Act), Curfews, etc. The Army chief of India has made it clear that “we (Army) are in a war like condition”. India says that about 500-600 Militants are active in Kashmir, so is it right to have one million troops against just 500-600 militants, this clearly shows that million soldiers are not against 500-600 militants but against the People of Kashmir.

Human Right Violations:
We see human rights violation in Kashmir every day. In 2008 about 60 Kashmiri people were killed in just two months, who were carrying peaceful demonstrations over the Amarnath shrine board land conflict. In 2010, again tension raised up over the killing of a teenager, Tufail Ahmed Matto, when he was hit by a tear gas shell on his head. Since then Kashmir is burning once again. Separatists are giving Programs like Complete Shutdown, general protests, student protests, etc. against the Human rights violations in Kashmir, people spend their nights on roads, anti-India slogans ( like Go India Go Back Leave our Kashmir, We wants Independence) are being raised on speakers. To deal with such conditions, the Indian Government is doing nothing besides imposing curfew to suppress the Voice of People of Kashmir and shutdown all newspapers in Kashmir. The CRPF, Police are not accepting Curfew passes, Media Personals are being beating up for covering News in Kashmir, besides all these Problems in the valley The Indian PM is taking Visits to Afghanistan. If such incidents would have happened in Delhi or in Mumbai or in any other state of India, would Indian PM have visited to Afghanistan?

Western Hypocrisy:
What we see in Kashmir after all the Human Rights Violations, denial of Democracy by Indian government, banning of Freedom of Speech and brutal crackdown by Indian forces, no one in west is talking about this burning issue. Kashmir where life is cheaper than the death you can’t find any voice from amnesty international (western tool to pressurize anti imperialists forces) or UN. West can solved the issue of East Temor but not interested in solving of Kashmir Issue.

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If the most abundant of benefits reach you, then do not drive them away by your lack of gratitude. Imam Ali

Western Theory of Freedom of Speech

Today a common westernized man thinks that “Freedom of Speech” is purely a western Idea and western theory of freedom of speech is most authentic than divine books but in realty west theory of Freedom of speech is come from the dark past of the Europe. There is no doubt that West has pay a big price for its past and obtain the western version of Freedom of Speech after so much sacrifices and experiences. But that doesn’t mean we accept this definition of Freedom of Speech without any questions or debate. It is also not true that West Freedom of Speech completely fearless because we still found elements of fear on different issues i.e. Holocaust, praising Islam or Islamic Republic of Iran, supporting socialism, western influence on other nations etc.
Here we discuss some key points of Freedom of speech theory and their Western implementation.

Speak freely and without fear:
One of the basic rules of freedom of speech is a fearless speech or expressing the personal expression without fear. In west where westerns think that absolute freedom of speech implemented, does anyone thinks about talking about the authenticity of Holocaust? No you can’t. In west do you questions about creation of a state based on theory of Zionism? No you can’t. In west do you questions about Israeli oppression or oppression of any regime which is the supporter of west? No you can’t. You can’t found any voice in west who is talking in favor of Palestinians, oppression of Yemeni government on Houtis, oppression of Indian army in Kashmir, but western voices are very loud on anti-imperialist government actions like Cuba, Venezuela, Iran etc. Currently CNN fire Octavia Nasr on praising late Ayatollah Fadhlullah of Lebanon. White House oldest reporter Helen Thomas forcefully resigns on talking against Israel. You can’t call it a true freedom of Speech where somebody dictates you on how to create your opinion. Many westerns think that there is a boundary for expressing personal opinion which we have to maintain for balance of the society but I still not able to understand where this boundary goes when westerns insulting the religions and prophets.

Right to seek/receive information and ideas:
The second important thing is access on full story of the both the side which helps people to judge their opinion for right and wrong, but what we see in west that they only represents views of their own interest and trim main points from the story. The incomplete story can only pollute minds and create unjust opinion. For example when west is discussing Zimbabwe they forget what British has done their 50 years ago and how they achieve their independence and what are the current western interest in Zimbabwe. They only are focusing on oppression of Mugabe regime. Today many western people are unaware of many global and local issues but they have an opinion for all of that issues which they creates on biased and incomplete information.

Censorship and violent Content:
We also find a very strange behavior of western theory for freedom of speech when they are talking about censorship for specific age groups of society but deny the same thing for overall society. For example an underage has no right to view pornography or text containing bad and strong language but on other hand west gives full rights to spread illogical and fanatic ideas on the name of freedom of society which create chaos in society. West stops underage from the thing which they think suitable for adults, this idea forget that whatever censorship we apply on different age group is useless tills we apply the same thing on whole society because a society is like chain and every age group is connected to other in it.  

Listening of other Views:
When we are start believing that all our opinion or thoughts are right without giving other a chance to express their opinion on the same issue then we are creating a robotic society which is unable to think and works on specific order/rumors which spread through the propaganda tools, currently western media is doing the same job. Sometimes westerns pundits entirely not allow the other opinions to reach to the common western man.

Insult and Blasphemy:
West includes blasphemy and insult into the freedom of speech but forget that freedom of speech encourages criticism and rejects insult fantasies. When we merge insult with criticism we encourage outlaws forces of society to use it for creating controversies and hide the truth in veil of controversies. West support fantasy books like “Di Vinci Code” and “Satanic Verses” which are written on baseless ground which hurts feeling of many on the name of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is not for the hurt people on baseless ground but it to unveil the truth which is hiding from society to fulfill specific group supremacy.

West rejects the Idea of denial of truth but continuously hide the truth from his own people, in this circumstances people of the east feel west Idea of Freedom of Speech as a hypocrite approach which create to please the specific group of the society.
We have to accept that definition of the many things is decided by culture and the things which violate culture is come in premises of censorship. So it possible the definition of censorship is different for different societies.
This biased western definition of Freedom of Speech only increasing the gaps between the societies and different cultures and not given chance to fill the cracks of global village where all humans are equals.

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People are hostile towards what they do not understand. -- Ali
*Ali is cousin and son in law of Islam prophet Muhammad.