(Editor’s note: Once again we are joined by our brother Saif Ali Budgami for a hard-hitting piece on the struggles of the youth in occupied Kashmir–struggles that not only fail to make the airwaves of the mainstream/corporate media controlled by Global Zionism, but also a large chunk of the alternative press which has failed Kashmiris at best and partaken in silencing them at worst. Our fam Saif’s essential point is that so long as the Hindutvadi regime in New Delhi denies the Kashmiri people their freedom and their independence, the resistance will simply grow stronger and continue. Beyond agreeing with him wholeheartedly, we stand in full Striking Star Solidarity. Azadi for the Vale and Azadi only. Minor corrections made for accuracy. ~ Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah)
by Saif Ali Budgami
The life of young people in Kashmir from childhood to adulthood nowadays centers around prison. The young people on this journey are meeting with probation officers, instead of teachers; they are going to court dates instead of class; they are emerging from their 20s not with degrees in business and science, but with criminal records.
In Kashmir, peaceful protestors are considered as ‘communal’ or ‘anti-national’ and are picked up by paramilitary forces on the streets, beaten and maimed. Moreover, these same paramilitary forces break into houses, shatter windowpanes, harass men and molest women without accountability from the state; it’s never taken into consideration that security means to protect civilians, not to beat or harass them.
State violence is not new. In 2008-09-10 more than 120 young people were killed after the controversial Amarnath land row, and more than 110 were killed after Burhan Wani’s martyrdom in July 2016, when marchers were fired upon by the Indian occupation army, leading to the deaths and injuries of many. Since then, this cycle of violence has been unstoppable.
Continue reading Land In Prison Or Join The Resistance: A Life Of Hardship For The Youth Of Occupied Kashmir
by Jonathan Azaziah
Modi the Murderer has really done it this time. He’s on a mission to get Article 35A of the Indian Constitution – which empowers Kashmir to define who is and isn’t a permanent resident and also provides special rights and privileges to those permanent residents – repealed. Of all his crimes, aggressions and acts of corruption, this very well might be the very worst of them as what will come next if the revocation goes through is a truly and immensely horrifying thought. Since the Babri Masjid was demolished by VHP, BJP and RSS fanatics with RAW and Mossad assistance on December 6th, 1992, Hindutva-pushing extremists across the Indian state have been gaining more and more influence. The kar sevaks of Hindutva have long sought to establish Hindu settlements on the banks of the Indus River and push Muslims and other non-Hindus out wherever they find them. The Hindu supremacists within the Indian Army have two strategic doctrines – Cold Start and Kurukshetra – centered around implementing ethnic-communal cleansing in Kashmir. All of Kashmir. Not just that which is Indian-occupied but Azad Kashmir in Pakistan too. And with Modi the Mongrel at the helm now, this Hindutvadi “activism” has peaked as it has taken the highest office in the land. Continue reading Modi and Hindutva Want To Repeal Article 35A And Start Ethnic-Communal Cleansing In Occupied Kashmir
by Jonathan Azaziah
This 13-year old girl is Ifrah Jan. No, she isn’t Yemeni or Syrian. She is Kashmiri. And for no reason other than the fact she protested against the criminal occupation of her land, she was shot in the face with lead-based pellets by the brutal Indian army. Since July when First-Intifada-style protests returned to the Vale in daily form, there have been more than 12,000, not tens or hundreds, but more than 12,000 Kashmiris, mainly youths under 18–young men and women, with the youngest being a 1-year old baby–wounded by the Hindutvadi occupiers. Of those 12,000 some odd civilians, at least 1,631 of them have been blasted at point-blank range with these weapons. And OF THOSE, over 1,100 Kashmiris have some kind of devastating damage to their eyes. Continue reading Kashmir: 13-Year Old Ifrah Jan Was Shot In The Face By ‘Israeli’-Trained, ‘Israeli’-Armed Indian Forces