Navlakha Flays Indian Civil Society On Silence Over Guru

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SRINAGAR: Calling into question the country’s democratic credentials, noted writer and human rights activist, Gautam Navlakha today flayed Indian civil society for its silence over the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru the subsequent unbroken curfew in Kashmir, saying that “the few Indians” wanting to highlight the plight of Kashmiris were being gagged by Hindu extremists.

“People of Kashmir feel that no Indian is talking about their plight, and it is true to a great extent,” a Srinagar-based news agency, the CNS, quoted Navlakha as having said.

“I am surprised at the way the Indian civil society has maintained a criminal silence over the present crisis in Kashmir,” he said. “People of Kashmir are being flocked like cattle and all of us Indians are silent.”

“Can we still claim that Kashmir is a part of India when we care a fig for the people there and muzzle their voice, and don’t let them come out from houses to register a protest against the media gag and the execution of Afzal Guru?” he asked.

“There is no democracy in Kashmir. In fact, democracy is vanishing in whole of India,” he said. “By forcing people not to express their views and lodge protest, the state government is once again compelling people of Kashmir Valley to take up guns.” 

“Kashmiris are being pushed to the wall again,” he said.

“No democracy in the world favours secret execution. It is really a pity that Afzal was hanged and even his family members were not intimated about his execution,” he said. “Indian people, especially Indian civil society, have proved that they are all anti-Kashmiri who love to watch Kashmiris being bashed everywhere.”

“How long will the government of India ignore the fact that it has lost everything in Kashmir, and that the Kashmiri people just want to be rid of India at any cost?” he said.

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