Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), headed by incarcerated senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah has expressed its profound gratitude to the G-20 countries that skipped the meeting of the working group on tourism hosted by India. While terming it as a great diplomatic setback to India that a number of important countries including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, and Indonesia have refused to be a part of the event held in the disputed territory. 

It said that on the one hand, key stakeholders’ refusal to attend the meeting has vindicated the Kashmiris’ stand and their claim, while on the other, the protests held by the Kashmiris on the day have highlighted the Kashmir dispute at the global level. The DFP said, “The people of Kashmir owe a debt of gratitude to all those countries who realized the sensitivities involved in the meeting, took a pragmatic and principled stance by staying away from the meeting,” adding that the decision to skip the meeting has boosted the morale of the Kashmiris who have been reeling under India’s relentless and brutal suppression for the past several decades. The statement said, normalcy and peace in IIOJK are directly linked to granting the Kashmiris their right to self-determination and the Modi government can’t change the reality of the Kashmir dispute by conducting international events in IIOJK. G-720-like events in IIOJK have no meaning for the Kashmiris as they continue to suffer under brutal Indian occupation.

It added India will never succeed in fulfilling its nefarious agenda of normalizing its occupation through staging G20-like events in Kashmir. The statement maintained that some local and international media outlets have busted India’s so-called normalcy narrative in occupied Jammu and Kashmir by releasing pictures of Indian armed forces hiding behind the promotional banners erected on the roads leading to the venue of the meeting. The DFP also appreciated the Kashmiri social and political activists, particularly the diaspora community, for staging protests in influential world capitals including Washington, London, and other cities of the world, and expressing their resentment over India’s controversial move to organize the G20 event in the disputed territory. It urged India to realize the fact that it cannot hoodwink the world by promoting fake normalcy in IIOJK and peddling lies about Kashmir.

It is high time for G20 and other world powers to fulfill their commitment made to the Kashmiris about the right to self-determination and the UN must redouble its efforts to urgently resolve the Kashmir dispute to ensure permanent peace in South Asia, it added.



19 national and regional opposition parties have decided to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Modi on 28 May. In a joint statement, Opposition parties said, “Prime Minister Modi’s decision to inaugurate the new Parliament building by himself, completely sidelining President Murmu, is not only a grave insult but a direct assault on our democracy which demands a commensurate response..” The statement added, “When the soul of democracy has been sucked out from the Parliament, we find no value in a new building. We announce our collective decision to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building. We will continue to fight — in letter, in spirit, and in substance — against this authoritarian Prime Minister and his government, and take our message directly to the people of India.”

The signatories to the joint statement are the Indian National Congress, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Janata Dal (United), Aam Aadmi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena (UBT), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Communist Party of India, Indian Union Muslim League, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, National Conference, Kerala Congress (Mani), Revolutionary Socialist Party, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and party General Secretary (organization) K.C. Venugopal had reached out to other Opposition leaders to get their sense and conveyed their reservations about Prime Minister inaugurating the building and not the President. An Opposition MP said MPs got invites for the function on Tuesday on WhatsApp. “Perhaps they the government] will send in a formal invite. But surely they could have done better.”  

Some of the politicians have also criticized scheduling the event on the birth anniversary of VD Savarkar, the Hindutva ideologue who shared views radically divergent from Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.