Kashmir ‘pro-azadi’ slogans justified: JNU professor

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New Delhi: A professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has voiced her support for plebiscite in Kashmir and said that India had “illegally occupied” the territory, a media report said Tuesday.

Addressing a gathering of students on nationalism programme, professor Nivedita Menon, who teaches at the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory at the International Studies school, said, “We believe that democracy (Rashtraraj) is a very strong thing, but if it was so strong then why few students, who raised such (anti-India) slogans were arrested.” She went on to say that, “If such incidents happen then the democracy is not so strong as we claim because tanks and guns are used to keep the democracy intact and strong.”

Prof Menon went on saying: ”After Independence, the accession of Kashmir was done following the India-Pakistan war on the pretext that a plebiscite will be conducted when the situation gets back to normal and since then it (janmat sangrah) has not happened.”

“We all know that the world today believes that India is illegally occupying Kashmir,” she added.

She said, “India is an imperialist country. Here 30-40 percent of the country is under control of the army in the name of special forces laws, which are used to crush the people.”

“Atrocities are being committed from Kashmir to the northeast and in Chhattisgarh,” Menon noted, adding that “Manipur and Kashmir have been illegally occupied by the Indian state.”

The JNU professor was of the view that raising pro-azadi slogans in context of Kashmir is justified.

Further justifying her statement, Menon said, “When the international community is debating over legal occupation of Kashmir, then we should think that ‘azadi’ slogan is justified.”

Menon’s views were endorced by former Delhi University professor Achin Vinayak.

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