SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Friday that it is heartening that Indian youths have risen up to challenge the “narrow mindset and unrealistic outlook” of their government.
He said these youths understand that challenging the wrong policies of the government does not make them traitors.
“These youths understand there are many issues like Kashmir which have to be dealt with on the basis of principles of justice which is not possible unless the whole perspective of the issue or issues is understood and a dialogue is initiated,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.
He said the “fanatical right-wing chauvinism promoted by the Indian political establishment” is being pushed as nationalism and patriotism.
“It is unfortunate that all political parties across India have fallen prey to this trap and are ascribing to this regressive definition for vote bank politics,” he said.
He also condemned the arrest and sedition charges against JNU Students Union president Kanihya Kumar and former Delhi university lecturer SAR Geelani.
“BJP has created and nourished the Frankenstein of intolerance and hooliganism which is today threatening to engulf the whole of India,” said Mirwaiz who was not allowed to lead Friday prayers at the city’s largest and historic Jamia Masjid.
“This exposes the dictatorial face of authorities,” he said while condemning his house arrest.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman expressing regret over the silence maintained by the international community including the UN, OIC and others, saying, “Turning a blind eye towards the persistent growing culture of repression and impunity practiced by the Indian authorities against the civilian population of Kashmir is disturbing”.
“The murder of two budding students Danish Farooq and Shaista Hameed by Indian troops has not evoked the condemnation and censure from the international community. While Kashmiris have little hope in Indian print or electronic media, it is the duty of international media to highlight these inhuman acts so that pressure is built upon India to stop killing innocent Kashmiris with impunity on a regular basis,” Mirwaiz said.