Tamil Nadu Movements demand Indian Army to Stop attacking people, Quit Kashmir!” – A Joint Statement
Kashmir is on boil again. Indian state has failed to smother the prevailing volcanic eruption in ‘Paradise on Earth’. Following 2008, 2009, 2010 uprisings, Kashmiris have started to pelt stones in 2016 as well.
Burhan Wani, the commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in an alleged ‘encounter’ with the Indian security forces on 8 July 2016 in Anantnag district. Burhan was the second son of Muzaffar Wani, a High school Headmaster and a resident of Tral town in Pulwama, a southern district of Kashmir.
3 Lakh Kashmiris attended the funeral procession of this young militant who is been portrayed as a ‘Terrorist’ by the Indian State. And these were the civilians who were attacked by the Kashmir State Police and the Indian Army. Police and the CRPF have been ravaging assets, both movable and immovable. Curfew has been imposed across all the districts of Kashmir. Nevertheless, people in most of the areas, seem to be consistently defying the curfew. Civilians have been falling in heaps owing to the yet another violence unleashed by the Indian army on the protestors and mourners. A complete liberty has been awarded to the Police and Army to kill, assault, torture and ransack assets. So far, death toll has been raised to at least 32; more than 1000 people have been injured with 200 sustaining severe injuries; more than 30 have been visually impaired by pellet firing.
Patients and their attendees in Hospitals and ambulances have been attacked by the CRPF and the Police in several places. Reports from Kashmir suggest that the Indian Army has raided the Islamabad District Hospital, Lalpora Public Health Centre and SMHS hospital. Attacks on hospitals such as these are an utter violation of International Humanitarian laws. And this is not the first time such attacks have been carried out by the Indian armed forces. We could still witness this long-prevailing military strategy that labels freedom fighters as ‘Terrorists’ and uses the term ‘Fight against Terrorism’ to curb them and their struggle.
On July 13, 85 years ago, during the uprising of Kashmiris against the Dogra King, 24 were killed by him. History seems to repeat itself. And their yearning for freedom has not been quenched. A new generation which has not seen an armed struggle yet, has transformed stones as weapons to confront the bullets and pellets. Despite being conscious of their perilous survival, they have decided to confront the armed forces. The Indian corporate media is struggling to revive its customary false propaganda which is challenged by this current mass people’s struggle – Kasmiris’ ‘Intifada’.
Prime Minister Modi seems to be revisting history as he travels to a railway station, where Gandhi is said to have attained his freedom spirit. Meanwhile in Kashmir, people fighting for freedom are being killed by the Indian armed forces. After returning from Africa, PM Modi chairs meeting to review situation and appeals to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain peace so that the situation can normalize. In all these years, the Indian state has never been on a dialogue with the protestors after uprisings. We have always witnessed nonchalant deterred assurances. Phrases such as ‘Kashmir is an integral part of India’, ‘It is an internal affair’ have been articulated by not just India’s ruling class parties and its media allies but also by North America and the United Nations. Nevertheless, Kashmiris, their spirit and their rebellion is found to be irrepressible.
Tamils are well aware of the conducts of Sri Lanka, India and other World Nations during the Freedom struggle of Eelam. So it makes quite simple for us to understand the false propaganda bred by the Indian state and its media. As honest and conscious Tamils, we are obligated to support the Kashmir Liberation Struggle. And it is appropriate to remind ourselves of the solidarity extended by Kashmiris as we were in grief shook by the photo of Balachandran (Son of Tamil Eelam national leader Velupillai Prabhakaran) in the custody of the Sri Lankan army. And we strongly condemn the oppression unleashed by the Indian ruling class over the Kashmiris in the name of other oppressed nationalities of the Indian subcontinent.
We demand the Indian State
- To stop the brutal attack on Kashmiris at once!
- To repeal AFSPA!
- To punish the army men involved in fake encounter killings!
- To expedite investigations about the Disappeared and provide relief and justice for the affected families!
- To withdraw the Indian Army from Kashmir!
- To conduct Plebiscite as promised to UN during accession of Kashmir to resolve the conflict!
And this could be related to both Kashmiris and Eelam Tamils, or whatsoever oppressed nationalities for that matter. Oppressors! Do you hear us!
Joint Statement Issued by
Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam
Tamil Thesiya Viduthalai Iyakkam
Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam
Ilanthamizhagam Iyakkam (Young Tamil Nadu Movement)
Tamil Thesiya Periyakkam
Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) People Liberation