Colonialism is back, A Global Reminder by Insha Rao

In 1960 declaration UN General Assembly adopted the resolution titled,  “the subjection of people to alien subjugation, domination & exploitation constitutes a plain denial of fundamental human rights (Article.1)”. On Kashmir dispute until now UNSC (United Nations Security Council) has adopted 18 resolutions directly & indirectly which clearly states that “Kashmir issue will be resolved through democratic way of free and impartial plebiscite” but India had never regarded any of UNSC resolution even UN representative, Gunnar V Jarring submitted a report to UN stressing India refused all his suggestions in resolving Kashmir Dispute while Pakistan had agreed to his suggestions.

In the same way Pakistan welcomed Trump’s mediation offer, but India, as usual rejected Trump’s mediation offer and by violating UNSC resolution merged Jammu and Kashmir into her territory. The 2001 UN World Conference on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in Durban acknowledged and regretted “the massive human suffering” caused by slavery and colonialism, also marked with reparation-cum-apology from colonial powers to victim-day.

While the world is still regretting ill-treatments of colonial powers, astonishingly, India keeps alive that full of suffering era, Kashmiris people are facing massive oppression by Indian forces since seven decades, on yearly basis several organisations highlighting these by their reports even UNOHCHR frequently submitted and published its report periodically but it fell on deaf ears.

On December 10 of each year, world celebrates Human Rights Day, thousands of seminars, programs are being arranged on this regard while Kashmirs sufferings increases by each passing day. UNOHCHR’s report of 2018-2019, which focused on gross human rights violations, notably excessive use of force by Indian security forces that led to numerous casualties, arbitrary detentions and impunity for human rights violations. Due to traumatized by incessant warfare, high unemployment, political alienation, social insecurities, alienation of basic rights, the Kashmiri youth remained engaged to expose inhuman Indian face to the world at large by social media and also by Kashmiris living abroad who providing web based media to the youth for catharsis.

To suppress and counter Kashmiris’ voices, Indian Government enforced ban on internet and telecommunication services including text messages as well as cyber surveillance. Just to suppress Kashmiris right of self determination, Indian security forces continuously used force and brutal tactics which are against the International norms and standards.

Right of self determination is the overarching principle of ICCPR to which she is signatory, instead of pressuring India, for its gross violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir, the International community largely remained silent and it’s silence tantamount to criminal injustice with violation of Human Rights Charter.

It is the greatest laughter the international community has yet seen, whenever asked or questioned to India regarding suppressing the legitimate rights of Kashmiris, to which India responds that Pakistan is supporting militants, as says in Urdu “Sawaal gandum jawaab chana” translated as I asked for a fork and you bring a rake.

It is a global reminder that world wars were expansionism of colonial power and now India is following the footsteps of colonial powers. On this colonial hegemony of India, four Indo-Pak wars have been fought till now and the International community never took concrete measures to remove this threat by resolving Kashmir conflict. Now the matter has become more complex, and if the world would not take serious measures to immediate resolve this long-standing crisis, then the 5th generation war and decisive nuclear base war will erupt soon which will be more disastrous than two World Wars fought globally.


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