Ex Union Minister Says, Kashmir Has No Democracy


Srinagar: Stating that the situation in Kashmir was scary, India’s prominent social worker, former minister in charge of PMO and ex-Rajya Sabha member, Kamal Morarka Monday said that Government of India has completely curtailed the liberties of people in the Kashmir Valley. He said that it was shameful on part of government not to even allow octogenarian leader Syed Ali Geelani to hold a religious congregation inside his house.

“I was shocked during my stay in Kashmir. There is no democracy, no civil rights and liberties for common people. You can’t hold a peaceful demonstration while disproportionate force is used by the government to muzzle the voice of the people. Despite enjoying special status, Kashmir has become a ‘hell’ due to wrong approach of the State and Central Governments,” Kamal Morarka said while addressing a press conference at Hotel Lalit.

The former minister, according to news agency CNS, said people in Kashmir laughed when he and his team member talked about Indian democracy. “People from Gujarat and Maharashtra enjoy more rights than people of Kashmir despite the fact the state of Jammu and Kashmir enjoys a special status”, he said, adding anger is everywhere in Kashmir.

“Delhi knows the reality and was still acting as an ostrich. GOI was trying to tire out people of Kashmir not knowing that new generation of Kashmir is up in arms against it. The current unrest in Kashmir showed that people here are united and ready to suffer losses. It is stupidity on part of Indian media when they claim that stone-pelters are paid. This is the worst journalism on part of Indian media houses. These media houses twist facts and mislead the people of India about Kashmir,” he said.

Morarka insisted that Kashmir needs a solution and if India fails to deliver this time, then the situation will go ‘out of control’.

“Rewind the clock back to 1947 and restore the Article 370 in its original form. Government of India has miserably failed to win the hearts and minds of Kashmiri people. The repressive policies must come to an end. Space should be given to the political leaders while maiming, killing and blinding people should immediately stop,” he said.

Journalist Santosh Bharti castigated some Indian news channels for propagating hatred against Kashmiri people. “It is unfortunate that most of the Indian journalists have become the spokespersons of politicians. The Indian print is reluctant to portray Kashmir in true form while news channels thrive on lies about Kashmir,” he said and appealed Indian journalists to visit Kashmir to know the ground reality. (CNS) 

Group Meets Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Former union minister and civil society activist Kamal Morarka and journalist Santosh Bharatiya Monday called on Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his residence and held detailed discussion on the ongoing situation in Kashmir.

During an hour-long meeting, the Mirwaiz informed the visiting delegation about the ongoing political situation in Kashmir and said the picture presented at the government level was misleading people of India and it was the responsibility of the Indian civil society, intellectuals and responsible media houses to inform their people about the ground realities in Kashmir and educate them in light of historic perspective while pressurizing New Delhi to resolve Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

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