In a previous post, I wrote:
[…] would you acknowledge that Palestine, Chechnya and Kashmir issues are about more than just terrorism?
Joshua Scholar in turn asked:
What is the situation in Kashmir about?
I’ve been wondering about Kashmir ever since I heard an Indian ambassador claim that militants were killing Hindu civilians simply to drive them out leaving a Muslim majority – ie for no other reason than ethnic cleansing?
Talk about leading questions!
He also got a little impatient, on thanksgiving day and then today.
I guess Zack has no intention of answering my question. That’s disappointing.
Anyway, I notice that Zack didn’t keep his promise and come back to support what he said either in the case of Chechnia nor in the case of Kashmir.
I am sorry, Joshua, but where I live, I still had 6 hours to keep my promise after your last comment.
Joshua has also posted an excerpt of a blog post on a part of the terrorist and Islamist dimension of the conflict in Chechnya. I am going to leave Chechnya aside for now except to ask if anyone here knows about Imam Shamil or President Dudayev.
Back to Kashmir. I have a separate category for my Kashmir posts. I have posted about the geography as well as religions of Kashmir. I have also posted about my Dad’s experiences at the time of partition of India in 1947 in Jammu. I will probably post more about Kashmir history. I should probably clarify again that I am not a Kashmiri and have never lived there.
Pankaj Mishra had a series of articles in the New York Review of Books about three years ago which provide a good source for the current Kashmir troubles which started around 1989.
BBC covers Kashmir here, with a backgrounder on the start of the conflict between India and Pakistan in 1947 here and a timeline here.
The US State Department human rights report for 2002 mentions a number of human rights abuses in Indian Kashmir.
Human Rights Watch has a report detailing government and militant abuses of human rights in Kashmir.
And here is a Human Rights Watch report from 1993 about the threats against Hindus in Kashmir valley.
When the conflict escalated 1989, militant groups issued widespread threats to members of the minority Hindu community in Kashmir. Attacks on Hindus since 1988, and particularly in early 1990, have driven more than 100,000 Hindus to flee Kashmir to Jammu and Delhi, where most remain in increasingly desperate conditions in refugee camps. Tens of thousands of Muslims have also fled. Those militant groups which espouse an extremist Islamic ideology have also issued threats to persons associated with businesses they consider “un-Islamic,” including liquor dealers and cinema hall owners. Militant groups have also issued threats to journalists whom they have accused of “biased” reporting.
[…] The militants have also used threats to compel Hindu families and suspected political opponents to leave the Kashmir valley. Beginning in 1988, many Hindus were made the targets of threats and acts of violence by militant organizations and this wave of killing and harassment motivated many to leave the valley. With government assistance, a large part of the Hindu community in Kashmir, numbering more than 100,000, left the valley in 1989-90. These threats have continued. According to one report in 1992, when one militant group, the Ikhwan-ul-Muslimin, appealed for the Kashmiri Hindus to come back to the valley, two others, Al-Umar and Al-Jehad, immediately issued press releases warning them not to return.