Kashmiris commemorate ‘Black Day’

On Wednesday, New Delhi imposed curfew in four districts of Jammu and Kashmir Valley and thwarted the protest march to the United Nations office on the anniversary of the invasion of Hindu Occupation Force (HOF) on October 27, 1947. The protest was called for by the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the invasion of Indian army, an annual event known as the ‘Black Day’.

Syed Ali Gilani, now living in Indian jail, has said that the ongoing Kashmiri resistance cannot be suppressed by India through use of brute force.

According to Jammu & Kashmir resistance groups, Indian forces have killed 93,471 civilians between January 1989-September 30, 2010. During the same period, 9,962 Muslim women were gang-raped, 22,742 women widowed, 107,382 children orphaned, 118,424 civilian arrested and 105,788 structures destroyed.

As expected Israelis are training and arming the Hindu army in Jammu and Kashmir to kill and terrorize Muslims there. Israelis are on demand all over the world for their expertise in torture, spying and terrorism.

Former Indian actress, author and human right activist, Arundhati Roy 48, made the following statement from Srinagar (J&K), which was published in The Times Of India (October 26, 2010):

I spoke about justice for the people of Kashmir who live under one of the most brutal military occupations in the world; for Kashmiri Pandits who live out the tragedy of having been driven out of their homeland; for Dalit soldiers killed in Kashmir whose graves I visited on garbage heaps in their villages in Cuddalore; for the Indian poor who pay the price of this occupation in material ways and who are now learning to live in the terror of what is becoming a police state.

Yesterday I traveled to Shopian, the apple-town in South Kashmir which had remained closed for 47 days last year in protest against the brutal rape and murder of Asiya and Nilofer, the young women whose bodies were found in a shallow stream near their homes and whose murderers have still not been brought to justice. I met Shakeel, who is Nilofer’s husband and Asiya’s brother. We sat in a circle of people crazed with grief and anger who had lost hope that they would ever get ‘insaf’—justice—from India, and now believed that Azadi—freedom— was their only hope. I met young stone pelters who had been shot through their eyes. I traveled with a young man who told me how three of his friends, teenagers in Anantnag district, had been taken into custody and had their finger-nails pulled out as punishment for throwing stones.

In the (Indian) papers some have accused me of giving ‘hate-speeches’, of wanting India to break up. On the contrary, what I say comes from love and pride. It comes from not wanting people to be killed, raped, imprisoned or have their finger-nails pulled out in order to force them to say they are Indians. It comes from wanting to live in a society that is striving to be a just one. Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free.”

One response to “Kashmiris commemorate ‘Black Day’

  1. Interesting topic. I would like to learn more about this. I didn’t know this issue exists before I read your article.

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