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United Nations adopted a resolution proposed by Pakistan and the OIC to designate March 15 as” International Day to Combat Islamophobia.” Islamophobia has emerged as one of the grave concerns that have jeopardized the contours of harmony and cooperation between west and the Muslim world. The resolution expresses deep concern at “the overall rise in instances of discrimination, intolerance, and violence, regardless of the actors, directed against members of many religions and other communities in various parts of the world, including cases motivated by Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, Christianophobia and prejudices against persons of other religions or beliefs”.

The adoption of this resolution comes at a time when hate speech, discrimination, and violence against Muslims are proliferating in several parts of the world including India. It is on vivid display in IIOJK. Violence against Muslims on flimsy pretexts by various ‘Hindutva’ groups with complete impunity, and often under state patronage, highlighted the worsening trend of Islamophobia and extremism in India. Islamophobia is manifested in negative profiling by security agencies, stigmatization, deliberate vandalizing of Islamic symbols and holy sites, killings by cow vigilantes, discriminatory laws and policies, a ban on the hijab, attacks on mosques, pronouncements by far-right parties that call for expulsion and even “genocide” of Muslims, anti-Muslim migrant bias, and attacks on the dignity of Muslim women. Shashi Tharoor wrote in an article published in November 2021 that “over the last seven years in India, persecution of Muslims has been gradually normalized and Indians have become increasingly inured to it.

PM Modi and his BJP are entirely to blame”.  It is a reminder that “targeting minorities with impunity, and hate speech with official sanction, will have repercussions for India’s global reputation,” notes Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a leading scholar. Islamophobia is not just a human rights violation but a contemporary manifestation of racism. India to shun its Hindutva policies and stop targeting its minorities, hurting their religious sentiments, and putting an end to the rising incidents of violence and the spread of hate against Indian minorities, especially Muslims. OIC countries must call upon all states to prevent any advocacy of religious discrimination, hostility or violence, and defamation of Islam by incorporating legal and administrative measures and investigating attacks and hate crimes against Muslims and their places of worship.



Legal Forum for Kashmir (LFK) has released a fact sheet report, titled, ‘The Great Land Grab: Disempowering People in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir’. The fact sheet has exposed the occupying state’s Israeli model of systematic settler colonial process in IIOJK by allowing an ‘anti-encroachment drive’ against the civilian population of Jammu Kashmir with the aim to dislodge them from these agricultural and non-agriculture properties which would lead to their economic disempowerment.

The fact sheet has prepared the list of the Tehsil/Village wise area of land under the proper description and identified that land measuring 178005.213 acres in Kashmir region and 25,159.56 acres in Jammu forcibly taken by occupying the Indian authorities without serving any notices to the owners. “The Revenue departments’ 11737 pages’ list of the alleged ‘State land’ issued in 20 districts of IIOJK is basically owned by the Kashmiris under the Big Landed Estate Abolition Act (Agrarian reforms act), JK State land vesting of ownership Act 2001, JK Evacuees (Administration) of Property Act, Jammu and Kashmir Tenancy Act 1980, Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands(Regulation) Act 1956 and other numerous orders passed by the erstwhile state government in favor of Landless peasants.” Anti-encroachment drive was a process of demographic engineering to settle outside businesses and give them voting and other aligned rights. Modi regime is violating the human right and Humanitarian principles and also UNSC resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir. “The fact sheet also recommends that Secretary-General United Nations under Article 99 of the UN charter should use all diplomatic, humanitarian, and other peaceful means to assist Indian-occupied Jammu Kashmir in meeting its responsibility to protect its people from forced eviction, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It should take collective action in accordance with the United Nations Charter, as necessary.”

 Indian-occupied Jammu Kashmir is under unprecedented censorship and facing Israeli-style settler colonialism since New Delhi unilaterally and illegally revoked its special status in August 2019. The Security Council should ensure accountability for crimes under international law committed in IIOJK, preferably by referring the situation to the International Criminal Court or alternatively by creating an ad hoc international criminal tribunal. Further, Security Council should adopt targeted individual sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes against those who appear most responsible for serious crimes under international law, the statement demanded. Until the Security Council acts, the General Assembly or alternatively the Human Rights Council should create an independent, impartial mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses and to prepare files to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings in international courts or tribunals.

“Living in Fear: Indian Minorities Unjustly Excluded from Republic Day Celebrations Despite Constitutional Protections”.

Indian minorities do not feel any excitement for Republic Day due to the lack of recognition of their rights in the Indian Constitution. Reports from the Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and the UK-based Minority Rights Group International suggest that minorities are facing hate crimes, such as lynching and forced conversions. In response, the United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) issued a joint statement calling for a “total shutdown” on Republic Day. As a result, ethnic and religious minorities feel unsafe in a country where Hindu extremists are attempting to establish a Hindu Rashtra. The Naxalbari movement might even lead to a breakup of India into a variety of states.

But today’s India is anything but a secular state. RSS/BJP has embarked on an arduous journey to make India a Hindu Rashtra where Hindus will be superior and non-Hindus will have no place; its practical reflection can be seen in today’s India. India once again built a false narrative of a strong union through Republic Day celebrations. However, the Indian union is fake and historically made of coercion, annexation, and false promise. Indian minorities saw their future in separate homelands as an impeding outcome of a pseudo-republic.


“India’s Brutal Militarization of IIOJK – The World’s Largest Open Jail”

The Kashmir conflict has again come into the global spotlight recently, as India has been accused of employing increasingly militaristic tactics in an attempt to silence the peaceful freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people. India has been widely condemned for creating the world’s largest ‘open jail’ with its heavy deployment of security forces in IIOJK. As if this wasn’t enough, the recent introduction of VDGs, ‘Village Defence Groups’, has led to further concerns being raised about the Indian government’s actions in the region. These paramilitary forces, comprising of Indian citizens chosen and trained by the government, are being widely seen as a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress the right to self-determination the people of Kashmir are fighting so hard for. This blog post will explore the implications of India’s controversial VDG policy and what it means for the future of the Kashmir conflict.

JK is one of the most militarized regions on the planet, looming large as the world’s largest open prison. India has failed to enforce law and order, instead employing its security forces to violently suppress the peaceful freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir. The Kashmiri people believe the Indian government has lost confidence in its security agencies in IOJK, as they have been deeply corrupted and become ineffectual due to state patronage. To mitigate this failure, India has resorted to the rhetoric of Pakistan-backed armed resistance. In the most recent development, India has begun arming civilians in Jammu to combat terrorists, forming VDGs as a cover-up. The VDGs – civilian networks selected and trained by the Indian government – are being used to harass, track and kill Kashmiri Muslims and snuff out the freedom movement.

For over three months now, the Indian government has been using a covert military strategy to violate human rights laws and enforce a nationwide lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). This has included the arrest and detainment of thousands of people and the imposition of communications and internet connectivity restrictions that have heavily impacted all civilians living in the region.

Unfortunately, the situation in IIOJK has taken a turn for the worse in the past few weeks. Specifically, the Indian government has deployed paramilitary forces known as ‘Vishwa Dharma Gaurav (VDG)’ to the region to establish a heightened level of surveillance and control. These VDGs are primarily composed of Hindu extremist ideologues who are intent on forcing an expansion of Hindu nationalism across the region. Reportedly, these forces have been given weapons and impunity to commit heinous acts such as property grabs, sexual violence, and even murder against local Muslims and tribal groups.

This has led to an exponential increase in fear and consternation among locals who fear the consequences of such a strategy. The fear is that as more Indian settlers move into the region, they will also be provided with arms in order to consolidate their settler colonization. Worse yet, given that the VDGs are government-backed, they will also be given complete impunity to terrorize local Muslims and tribal groups. The existence of these groups will also exacerbate tensions between Hindus and Muslims living in these areas, especially as Hindu populations are provided with weapons and emboldened to commit war crimes and human rights violations against Muslims.

International Community Must Respond to Indian Neo-Nazi Threats in IIOJK to Safeguard Muslims.

The troubling aspect of this situation is that the United Nations and the international community have yet to take strong action against this strategy. The consequences of this strategy are far-reaching and deeply detrimental to the entire region. It is imperative that the international community takes stock of the Indian neo-Nazi machinations being employed in IIOJK and ensures the safeguarding of Muslims from the evolving existential threat in IIOJK. We must not allow this strategy to continue unchecked as the ripple effects of such policies are sure to present us with deeper and more pressing challenges in the days to come.

It is almost certain that this unchecked power in the hands of the Indian government has the potential to further destabilize the region and further inflame tensions between Hindus and Muslims. Therefore, the international community must act with urgency and hold the government of India accountable for its actions. It is the collective responsibility of all nations to ensure the safety and well-being of their citizens and the people of IIOJK are no different. We must make sure that their voice is heard, their rights are respected, and their lives are secure.


Tauqeer Riaz Utmanzia

Media Professional, Vlogger, Blogger,Writer,Analyst.

Unite to Protect Kashmir: Stand Against India’s Oppression of IIOJK.

India, the country that has been illegally occupying the territory of Kashmir for decades, is now implementing its nefarious designs to colonize the UN-declared disputed region of IIOJK. The Indian blatant act of total disregard for the UN resolution on Kashmir may not only create catastrophic results for the already oppressed Kashmiris but also affect the peace and stability of the region

India is implementing its nefarious designs to colonize the UN-declared disputed region of IIOJK. The Indian blatant act of total disregard for the UN resolution on Kashmir may not only create catastrophic results for the already oppressed Kashmiris but also affect the peace and stability of the region.

The Indian government has been trying to change the demography of Kashmir by encouraging migration from Jammu and Ladakh regions in order to make it an exclusive Hindu state. It is a well-known fact that more than 90% of people living in this region are Muslims and about 10% are Hindus. The present population ratio is about 55:45 which means that India wants to change it to a 55:45 ratio by encouraging migration from Jammu & Ladakh regions.

India has been using every possible method including economic sanctions, terrorism, and other covert activities like propaganda, etc., to achieve its goal of establishing its hegemony over this disputed area through its proxy organizations.

India’s actions in the disputed region of Kashmir are nothing short of despicable. The country’s brazen disregard for the UN resolution on Kashmir could have devastating consequences not only in the region but also around the world.

True to its word, India is implementing its nefarious designs to colonize the UN-declared disputed region of IIOJK. The Indian blatant act of total disregard for the UN resolution on Kashmir may not only create catastrophic results for the already oppressed Kashmiris but also affect the peace and stability

We must all do everything we can to stop India’s war on Kashmir. If we don’t, there will be no peace or stability in this region—or anywhere else.

We must stand up for peace, justice, and human rights. We must not allow India to take over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian government is in the process of colonizing the region by treating it as its own territory and ignoring UN resolutions. If we don’t speak out against this act, then it will only be a matter of time before India claims all of Jammu and Kashmir.