Through a power sharing deal between People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) would have a new coalition Government by mid February, 2015. After November 2014, State’s elections, no political party could achieve absolute majority (44 members in the 87 members’ assembly neededto form the Government). The indigenous Kashmiri political party; PDP could clinch 28 seats, whereas, the non-state Hindu Nationalist party, BJP won 25 seats.
This would be the first time in the history of IHK that, BJP has become a key part of the occupied state’s Government and assembly. Whereas, the BJP and Indian union must be very excited over this development, the people of the State are extremely depress and gloomy over this manipulation by India. These elections were held under the auspices of over 700,000 Indian security forces, which are occupying each street, each village/ town and each city of the state. Today, people of Indian held Kashmir are indeed spending their lives in an open prison, where for the ten kashmiris, India government has practically appointed one armed soldier at all time, who control their activities even inside their houses.
Under such a siege, how can one expect that, kashmiri can exercise their will freely for their future status. This indeed was the real cause, which prompted the Kashmiris to rise for their rights in 1990, as Indian authorities were not allowing them to exercise their free will. The peaceful demonstrations of Kashmiris soon converted into armed struggle, once Indian security forces started wide spread killings of the kashmiri people, which resulted in massive human rights violations; over 113,000 deaths and over 9800 rapes in IHK. This is apart from the missing Kashmiri youth and those, who are still under the detention centers and Indian prisons. India cannot claim that, kashmiri people voted freely for the BJP, an alien Hindu party for the kashmiris.
If Kashmiris are allergic to Indian rule, its occupation and its constitution, then how can they vote for the highly discriminatory and narrow minded Hindu fundamentalist party? This is the basic question; the world should have asked the Indian Government, which says that elections in IHK were fair and people exercised their will freely. And if Kashmiris are free and have freely exercised their will, then why India is not pulling out its forces from the state? These Indian forces are stillcontinuing with the massive human rights violations on daily basis and indeed they were behind engineering these elections.
The BJP Government, otherwise have a different agenda for the Kashmir. This Govt has mandated itself to abrogate Article 370 of Indian Constitution and inclusion of the state in Indian Union. This would be a very dangerous scenario, not only for the India but for the region and international community. For how long India can keep Kashmiris under its fence? Kashmiris have never accepted Indian rule and its constitution nor would they ever; therefore, Indian Government has miscalculated the past events in Kashmir and indeed is misreading the current situation. If India feels that Kashmiri are conceding to India, as a result of the November 2014 elections, perhaps, this would be the biggest blunder by Indian Govt. Indian can have the pulse of Kashmiri people if it just pullout 50% its occupation forces from the State. Then, election in IHK or even for the Indian Lok Saba cannot be alternative to plebiscite, for which UN has passed over two dozen resolutions, prominent being the two UNCIP resolutions; August 13, 1948 and January 5, 1949.
In the initial years, United Nations even appointed its missions, mediators and even nominated Plebiscite Administrator with various practicable suggestions and proposals for the logical solution Kashmir. However, owing to inflexible attitude of India, none of these efforts could become fruitful. Resultantly, Kashmir issue is still unresolved and Kashmiri masses are suffering the worst form of human rights violations at the hands of Indian forces and international community is quite, rather major powers like; US, Russia, EU and even China are enhancing their ties with India. President Obama, the so called global peace promoter did not speak a single word for the solution of Kashmir; the long standing issue during his January 2015 visit.
Nevertheless, Kashmiris always desired that United Nations and civilized international community should play a role for resolution of the issues on logical grounds and as per the wishes of Kashmiri people. As an impartial world body, UN should see the Indian strategy of annexing the IHK into Indian Union. To counter this Indian move, UN passed two specific resolutions; March 30, 1951, and January 24, 1957. Through these resolutions, State’s Constituent Assembly was prohibited to determine the future status of the state, until there is a UN sponsored plebiscite. Kashmiris are concerned that, despite its clear directive through its resolution, India is continuing with its illegal acts of annexation of the state. This world body must take some action against India.
The nuclearised South Asia warrants that, Kashmir issue should be resolved on priority as per UN resolutions through the involvement of UN and major powers. There cannot be peace in the region without the resolution of Kashmir. The regional instability in South Asia would have serious implications for the global peace. If today, US and all other major powers are making heavy investments and strategic agreements with India, they should be aware of the consequences of futureconflicts in the region, emanating from the unresolved issues, Kashmir being the mother of all. Indian policies are hegemonic and inflexible over the regional issues. Why US and other major powers give India so much importance, once it violate the global norms; the UN resolutions for the solution of Kashmir issue.