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    A more enlightened Indian policy on Kashmir?

    by Rumbold on 7th June, 2010 at 10:00 pm    

    Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, has been visiting Kashmir, and promised to ensure that human rights are protected:

    “I am aware of some complaints related to human rights. On this issue, the government policy is to protect the human rights of the people even when dealing with terrorism.

    The security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been strictly instructed to respect the rights of the civilians. We will act to remove any deficiency in the implementation of these instructions,” he said in his convocation address at the Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.”

    Dr. Singh is undoubtedly sincere. But the problem lies with the powerful security apparatus in Indian-administered Kashmir, which operates without much scrutiny. Civilians are frequently killed, tortured or falsely imprisoned. There have been numerous reports of rape too. A majority of Kashmiris in both the Indian and Pakistani-controlled areas of Kashmir want independence. Since this is unlikely to happen, the least India (and Pakistan) can do is to treat the Kashmiris like everyone else.

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    1. Naadir Jeewa — on 7th June, 2010 at 10:09 pm  

      There’s been some stuff going round recently about the possibilities of accession to full member status for India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation being a driver to move towards peace.

      Wonder if this is related?

    2. Saj — on 7th June, 2010 at 10:33 pm  

      A good summary of the history and situation here


    3. Naadir Jeewa — on 8th June, 2010 at 1:55 am  

      Here’s the piece on India becoming a full SCO member:

    4. Shamit — on 8th June, 2010 at 1:37 pm  

      How did you get the information that vast majority of Kashmiris want independence?

      It has never been tested - and as the separatists have always been afraid of the ballot box especially in the last election how do you draw that conclusion.

      Will write about this later

    5. Rumbold — on 8th June, 2010 at 8:24 pm  


      I saw it in an Economist article a while ago, but cannot find the link.

    6. Key Lime — on 14th June, 2010 at 5:33 pm  

      Interesting piece.

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