Noted Indian writer, Arundhati Roy, has said that Kashmir was the most militarised place on earth where people had been fighting for right to self-determination for the last more than 70 years.
Arundhati Roy in an interview with ‘The Intercept’ said India’s position on Kashmir had never ever been a moral position and it was a kind of moral corrosion that had corroded all of Indians and the world was looking at it.
The sufferings of the people of Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continued unabated as restrictions and communications blockade by occupational forces complete two months.
London-based weekly magazine ‘The Economist’ has reported that India’s judges were ignoring the government’s abuses in the occupied Kashmir. It said seven million people of the Kashmir valley certainly felt some urgency as they had been under virtual siege since August 5. It maintained that the government, wielding draconian anti-terror laws, had detained some 2,000 prominent Kashmiris including politicians, businessmen, activists and journalists to prevent them from protesting and that they continued to be held without charge, many at unknown places. It added that the BJP had virtually turned the valley into a vast open-air detention centre.
On the other hand, Amnesty International India has said that reports of hate crimes in India had witnessed the steepest rise in numbers since 2016. Amnesty International India’s interactive website ‘Halt the Hate’ in its latest data on hate crimes for 2019 released on Friday said that in the first six months of the year alone, 181 incidents of hate crimes had been recorded by the website, nearly double than previous three years’ half-yearly counts.
It pointed out that in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident in February, 14 incidents of mob attacks on Kashmiri Muslims were reported, mostly targeting small-time traders from Kashmir across India.
Pak-India nuclear war may leave 125 million dead
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, in less than a week, kill 50-125 million people, more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, and lead to global climate catastrophe, the Kashmir Media Service quoted the researchers in the US as saying.
A study by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers University examined how such a hypothetical future conflict would have consequences that could ripple across the globe.
Today, India and Pakistan each have about 150 nuclear warheads at their disposal, and that number is expected to climb to more than 200 by 2025, the researchers said amid recent tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the Kashmir dispute after India revoked special status of occupied Kashmir.
“An India-Pakistan war could double the normal death rate in the world,” said Brian Toon, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. “This is a war that would have no precedent in human experience,” Toon said.