October 19, 2019

American press slams India’s move to scrap Occupied Kashmir’s special status

NEW YORK: An important American newspaper denounced the decision of the Indian government to strip India-occupied Kashmir of its semi-autonomous status and asked to prevent “the madness of India from becoming a dangerous and unpredictable regional crisis.”

In an editorial, the New York Times Editorial Board called the New Delhi measure, which was accompanied by a major security crackdown, “dangerous and incorrect,” and said: “Bloodshed is almost certain, and the tension with Pakistan is will shoot.

“Other newspapers also denounced the decision, saying it could have extremely dangerous consequences for the region.

“The government said it was acting to prevent a planned terrorist attack.

But Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling party Bharatiya Janata, deeply rooted in the Hindu nationalist ideology, have not long hidden their intention to revoke the articles of the Indian Constitution that grant predominantly Muslim Kashmir a special status, a movement that the BJP considers’ correcting a historical error.

‘The United Nations recommended holding a referendum to allow cashmere to decide their fate, but that never happened.

“In this volatile stew, India’s latest action sparked instant resistance votes.

Kashmiris are especially outraged at the lifting of a ban that has long imposed the purchase of land by non-residents, to prevent Indians from buying their land.

In neighboring Pakistan, the sabers shook rapidly.

“The fray is not without global implications.

Under President Trump, the United States has changed its favors from Pakistan, a former US aid recipient, to India, which the administration sees as a bulwark against China.

Meanwhile, China has become an ally and financial sponsor of Pakistan.

“There is still a good chance that the changes to the Constitution will end before the Supreme Court of India.

But the fires are already lit.

“As several Indian historians and legal experts have pointed out, the presidential order is essentially unconstitutional.

Article 370 is the only legal link between India and the state in dispute; to be revoked, it must be approved simultaneously by the constituent assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, which was dissolved in 1956, “he wrote.

“But a dramatic change in politics occurred in the middle of a brutal repression in a territory that already has the title of being one of the most militarized in the world.”

India deployed an additional 35,000 troops, ordered tourists, pilgrims and journalists to leave, and implemented the curfew.

He also arrested not only the pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir, but also the leaders of the different client regimes that he has installed in the recent past. “

For days, people were trapped by fear and uncertainty while trying to determine their destiny.

Even when the announcement was made, the cashmere remained in the dark due to a total repression of communications, with Internet and mobile services blocked.

“Is this how the world’s largest democracy works?” Ms. Kanjwal asked.

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