People of Manipur and IIOJK are struggling to protect their distinct identity and existential threat by Indian (Hindutva) settler colonial designs. The BJP-led government aims to fiddle with Article 370 C, barring Meiteis from buying tribal lands/ property as it did with Article 370 in IIOJK. Indian state’s non-adherence to its own constitution and violation of UNSC Resolutions (IIOJK) is the trigger point and main cause, from which violent indigenous struggles have been originating. It is pertinent to mention that India is a signatory of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People (UNDRIP) but has been flouting their rights with impunity. The people of IIOJK and tribal communities of Manipur are the victim of a Hindu supremacist mindset endeavoring to protect the interests of the Hindu community. To target the indigenous status of any community; displacement, forced assimilation, and induced disappearance of its heritage and institutions are carried out at the first stage. This is what is being carried out in IIOJK and now in Manipur as well. True settler colonialism will “extinguish itself,” so there is no indigenous community to stand in distinction from the realized settlers. The primary objective of settler colonialism is to permanently occupy the territory: settler states recruit settler classes that “bring with them a purported sovereign prerogative to establish a new state on someone else’s land.” Erasing Kashmiris’ political identity, disempowering the Muslim majority community to reduce them to second-class citizens, turning them into a political minority, and minimizing their role in political decision-making presently underway. The same threat is looming large for Manipur’s Hill Tribes/ Scheduled Tribes. The objective of the abolition of Article 370 in IIOK was to change the demography of only Muslim-majority regions and deprive Kashmiris of their true leadership by installing a BJP CM. The same fate is feared by Manipur’s Hill Tribes. Under Article 370, the outsiders were not allowed to buy property in IIOJK and same Article 371C in Manipur’s Tribal area the outsider cannot buy land. Therefore, after including Meitei Community of Hindus into Schedule Tribes, they would be able to buy land and settle in their areas on the same pattern as happening in IIOJK where settlers (Hindus/ non-locals) are purchasing land/ property. India has learned an important lesson from the current situation in Manipur; accept the fact that, the struggle for the right to self-determination in IIOJK is indigenous. India prefers self-serving political interests over humanity by using underprivileged and minority status for political machination which can be termed grave HRVs. Manipur protests against the Indian state is just a glimpse of Skelton. India is hiding in the cupboard.
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UN PEACEKEEPERS
UN designates 29 May as ‘International Day of UN Peacekeepers’ in commemoration of the day in 1948 when the UN’s first peacekeeping mission began operations in Palestine. Since then, more than one million women and men have served in 72 UN operations. The theme for this year’s observance of the day is “Peace Begins with Me”. On this Day, Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to ensure that peacekeeping remains an effective mechanism for the maintenance of international peace and security under the UN auspices. Pakistan is one of the longest-serving and largest contributors to UN peacekeeping and is also taking part in an ongoing mission in the Central African Republic. Pakistan’s first UN peacekeeping mission began in 1960 in Congo and so far more than 200,000 Pakistani soldiers have participated in 60 missions in 28 countries. Pakistan still has more than 7,000 personnel deployed in nine countries as part of 14 ongoing UN missions. During its long association with UN peacekeeping missions, Pakistan has lost 157 personnel and 24 officers martyred during their efforts to restore peace and stability in some of the world’s most turbulent regions. Pakistani women are also making their mark on US peace missions. Pakistan has achieved UN goal of sending 15 percent of female staff officers to these missions and now nearly 450 Pakistani women are serving in various countries across the globe. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appreciated the contribution of Pakistani women in peacekeeping. “Pakistan is a leader in championing women peacekeepers and an example for other troop contributors.” UN has conferred ‘Dag Hammarskjold Medal’ to 103 military, police, and civilian personnel from around the world, including eight Pakistani peacekeepers, who lost their lives serving under UN flag last year. Pakistan deeply values the vital role played by the “blue helmets” in maintaining security and stability in many conflict-ridden areas around the world. Pakistan is proud of its long-standing and consistent contribution to UN peacekeeping spanning over six decades.
COLD-BLOODED MURDER OF SIDHU MOOSE WALA 2022
Sidhu Moosewala’s death anniversary was held on 19 March before the actual date keeping in view, the government would suppress their voices by launching an operation against them. His father Balkaur Singh alleged that the ongoing crackdown on Amitpaul Singh was an attempt to prevent Moosewala’s fans to attend the barsi event. Slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad,’ ‘Punjab Sarkar Murdabad’, ‘BJP Murdabad’ and others were raised during the event. On 29 May 2022, RSS Hindu goons shot dead a famous Sikh singer and Congress Leader Sidhu Moosewala in Indian Punjab who was a rising voice against atrocities on Sikhs, Muslims & minorities. Moose Wala was also known for his pro-Khalistani and Punjabi songs, which openly glorified Sikh fighters. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed ‘grief’ over the murder of Sidhu Moosewala. The news of Sidhu Moosewala’s murder sent shockwaves across the world with prominent Sikh celebrities expressing their anguish over the tragic incident. This is an open declaration of War by Hindus against the Sikh community. From the Golden Temple massacre in 1984 to the present situation of minority rights, the memory of Sikhs in India is etched with a series of tragedies. The ‘Operation Bluestar’ to target Sikhs at their holiest temple in Amritsar is a gory tale written by the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. After 39 years, religious persecution of Sikhs still continues under the rule of Premier Narendra Modi, where the community faces violations of human rights. A Sikh journalist Manmeet Kaur said that persistent acts of target-killings and desecration of holy sites in India is the main reason behind the Khalistan movement. Sikh voice against Indian atrocities and discrimination is getting stronger with each passing day to save their coming generations from ethnic cleansing. Dupinderjit Singh, leader of the Sikhs for Justice Movement said, the Khalistan referendum is a strong call for freedom and marked the genocide of Sikhs under the rule of India.
He said, during elections in Indian Punjab, the Commission would hold a parallel referendum and would present the demand for freedom with the United Nations and other countries. The demand for a free Sikh country is being supported by different communities and the human rights watchdogs, in view of the atrocities faced under the Indian rule.
“Yasin Malik Faces Death Penalty Again: India’s Pursuit for Justice Continues”
According to official sources, India’s top anti-terrorism investigation agency has requested the death penalty for Yasin Malik, chief of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), after he received a life sentence. Last year, the JKLF leader pleaded guilty to funding the separatist movement but refused to accept a government-appointed lawyer or to defend himself against the charges. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had previously sought the death penalty, but the court rejected the plea, citing that capital punishment was reserved for crimes that “shocked the collective consciousness” of society. The NIA has now filed a petition in the High Court to seek the death penalty for Malik, as confirmed by a senior official in Srinagar. The hearing for the petition is scheduled for Monday.
In 1989, JKLF led the armed resistance in India-held Kashmir, and in response, India launched a military campaign resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians and troops. Malik ceased armed resistance in 1994 and has since campaigned peacefully for independence.
DFP THANKS G20 NATIONS FOR BOYCOTTING G-20 SRINAGAR MEETING
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.