Ex Union Minister Kamal Morarka Blames India for Hampering democracy in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Former Union Minister Kamal Morarka on Monday accused the Government of India of curtailing civil liberties of the people of Kashmir.

“I was shocked during my stay in Kashmir. There is no democracy, no civil rights for common people. You can’t hold a peaceful demonstration while disproportionate force is used by the government to muzzle the voice of the people. Despite enjoying special status, Kashmir has become a hell due to wrong approach of the State and Central Governments,” Morarka, former Minister of State in the PMO and ex-Rajya Sabha member, told a news conference here.

Morarka who is heading a delegation of civil society members to Kashmir to interact with different shades of opinion, also said that situation will go out of control if New Delhi failed to resolve Kashmir issue.

The former Minister said Kashmir needs a solution and if India fails to deliver, then the situation will go out of control. “Rewind the clock back to 1947 and restore the Article 370 in its original form. Government of India has miserably failed to win the hearts and minds of Kashmiri people. The repressive policies must come to an end. Space should be given to the political leaders while maiming, killing and blinding people should immediately stop,” he said.

He said it is shameful on part of India that they are not even allowing octogenarian leader Syed Ali Geelani to hold a religious congregation inside his house.

 He said people in Kashmir laughed at the delegation when he talked about Indian democracy. “People from Gujarat and Maharashtra enjoy more rights than people of Kashmir despite the fact the state of Jammu and Kashmir enjoys a special status,” he said.

 

“New Delhi is trying to tire out people of Kashmir, little do they know that new generation of Kashmiris is up in arms against it. The current unrest in Kashmir showed that people here are united and ready to suffer losses. It is stupidity on part of Indian media when they claim that stone-pelters are paid. This is the worst journalism on part of Indian media houses. These media house twist facts and mislead the people of India about Kashmir,” he said.

Journalist Santosh Bharti, who is part of the delegation, castigated some Indian news channels for propagating hatred against Kashmiri people. “It is unfortunate that most of the Indian journalists have become the spokespersons of politicians. The Indian print media is reluctant to portray Kashmir in true form while news channels thrive on lies about Kashmir,” he said and appealed Indian journalists to visit Kashmir to know the ground reality.

 

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