Kashmir Belongs to India - Abolish Article 370 & 35A - No More Silence !
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I, Renee Lynn - Voice for India, a USA citizen of non-Indian origin, along with countless supporters of Indian origin would like to address the ongoing, horrific Kashmir tragedy. We are voicing for abolishing Article 370 & 35A from the Indian Constitution.
On my numerous times to India, this visit I had gone to a Kashmir Protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on September 14, 2018. It was a heartbreaking event. As I stood and observed the people at the event with so much social alienation, shame and pain in their eyes, I knew this was something we can never forget. How can we just forget this unjustified, horrific events that took place in Kashmir?
Kashmir is like heaven on earth, but the incidents that happened turned heaven into hell. Political parties and media don’t want to talk about it, but instead keep it hush-hush as it was just the ending of a final chapter in a story of war and violence. This story can never end until justice is granted to the Kashmirs. How can this be overlooked as a minuscule incident?
Kashmir horror is significant as to what happened in Bhopal on that dark night on December 2nd 1984, the Bhopal gas tragedy. Thousands were running for their lives including the animals. Fear and terror in their eyes. People dropping dead as they were fleeing for their lives, women who were pregnant were having spontaneous abortions. Although I was not there to witness it, but when I have to write about it, it evokes strong emotions as I witness it in my heart. As horrific as this event was, everyone came together; communities, media, Indian Government, etc.
Now fast forward to that cold, dark night on January 19th 1990, many Kashmiri Pundits were also running for their lives with fear and terror in their eyes, but not from a dangerous gas leak, but from terrorism. Still till today the world is silent as though it was only a figment of their imagination and the Kashmir tragedy was anything but real.
The terrorists were on a mission, a brutal bloody mission of torture and mutilation. Prominent Pundits, BJP, social activist leaders and many others brutally killed. What happened to the heavenly Kashmir to turn into the abyss of hell? Doom and gloom, not a soul would come to save them? Why were the forces of evil allow to take over Kashmir? The inconceivable was happening. Kashmirs running and hiding, jumping buses and whatever they could do to survive. Where was the government, the higher officials? All had gone in a slumber sleep?
Even after that horrific night of January 19, 1990 many Kashmir Pundits were still being killed every day, not a day went by that there was not a Kashmir Pundit killed. Can I remind you of the brutal torture that went on; gouging of the eyes, cutting genitals, burning bodies and chopping off body parts. Women gang raped and killed and children tortured. Houses were burnt down and temples were destroyed. We know you know all these, but just image if it was someone you loved, can you turn your back?
By 1991 most Pundits had no choice but to flee the valley. Forced to be refugees in their own country. Forced to live in a tented community camp area in Jammu City. Where were the human rights activist? State Administration? The Government of India? Where were you! No tears, no protest, no statements from celebrities. Silence is your answer for terrorism? Even when the terrorist was chanting loudly anti-India slogans? Massacres continued and Mother India shuts her eyes?
No one convicted or punished for the killing of the Kashmir Pundits with all the torture, terror and barbaric acts. Failure of Government of India to protect the Pundits in their own homeland. Even they have the rights to live peacefully as they are citizens, but instead brutally forced from their own homes, alienated and out casted. Kashmir Pundits are spiritual and peaceful people. They are the original citizens of Kashmir.
Do you think it is fair that Kashmir Hindus have to be forced to Islamic conversion or otherwise be persecuted? Kashmir Pundits chased out of their homes and still trying to find a way back home. With horrific mutilations and killings, the mainstream media and Indian media are silent. We demand that this is treated equally like other terrorist events that happened around the world and in India. Stand against terrorism and bring Kashmirs back home.
Articles 370 and 35A are completely prejudicial and bias. India always said that Kashmir is a part of India. We must stand for Kashmir and demand the removal of these articles. The most mortifying part is that the Kashmir Hindus are not given citizenship and are living a deplorable life since the independence of India. We know that Kashmir is a part of India, than why is Articles 370 and 35A in the Indian Constitution, it must be removed.
If you agree, please sign and share this link to spread awareness of the need for removal of Article 370 & 35A. With enough signatures it can make an impact. We can make a change but not by being silent spectators. Thank you.
Renee Lynn ~ Voice for India
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