October 18, 2011
October 7, 2011
Not Elections, but Lyngdoh is round the corner! Intensify the Struggle against the draconian Lyngdoh Recommendations!
The two leading organisations of the opportunist pro-Lyngdoh alliance, SFI and AISA, took out ‘victory’ marches after Monday’s UGBM. The victory they celebrated was the victory of Lyngdoh, of pro-privatisation and brahminical forces, and of the University Administration. What was defeated in the UGBM was not merely DSU’s resolution. The pro-Lyngdoh alliance led by SFI and AISA has engineered—as per their promise, by hook and by crook—a major setback to the progressive students’ movement.
Right from the beginning of this semester the game plan of the pro-Lyngdoh alliance was clear. It had nothing to do with elections according to the JNUSU Constitution, but they were simply laying their blueprint for bringing in Lyngdoh. SFI first started creating a frenzy for elections. Elections were flaunted as a mere spectacle, as a carnival and not as the vibrant political exercise which JNUSU elections had always been. AISA which talked of ‘informed debate’ did not take any position against Lyngdoh in the entire semester, rather started seeing ‘advantages’ in a Lyngdoh union. The campus saw their desperation, to bring in Lyngdoh in the garb of ‘bringing in elections’. Their flight from the UGBM on 20th September, their undermining of its mandate and their resuming of the failed ‘negotiations’ with Gopal Subramaniam, everything pointed at their desperation to usher in Lyngdoh. They had made up their minds to surrender to the forces of privatization, meritocracy, market- everything that Lyngdoh stands for. So they did not dare to inform the students about the hollowness of the “relaxations” instead continued a virulent misinformation campaign. They lied to the students about the reality of the draconian Grievance Redressal Cell and craftily hid the fact that how it will render elected students union into a mere puppet in the hands of the administration. Even in their half-hearted reporting of the “relaxations” they did not divulge that Gopal Subramaniam has denied the holding of public meetings prior to election or that provision for denying student’s candidature on meritocratic grounds will remain intact. Lyngdoh wants elections to be reduced to a mere bureaucratic affair rather than being a part of a vibrant political culture.
The pro-Lyngdoh forces have already accepted Lyngdoh and therefore they craftily avoided a wider debate and discussion on these “relaxations” to mislead students. DSU has consistently critiqued and exposed the ‘relaxations’ and how they are nothing but an eye-wash. Despite our concerted efforts DSU could not adequately counter the misinformation campaign taken up jointly by AISA, SFI, ABVP, NSUI. But our fight will continue. The pro-Lyngdoh forces did not dare to put anybody’s name as proposer or seconder in the resolution which they tabled which is the established norm. They simply don’t want to take responsibility of the consequences of accepting these “relaxations”.
The fight against Lyngdoh in JNU which is the only remaining battle against these draconian set of rules thus stand thoroughly compromised because of these degenerate forces, but it is far from being over. A large section of this campus is uncompromising in this battle because it is their political conviction that forces of Privatization and brahminism can not be negotiated with but must be rejected in toto. A large number of students have taken a resolute position in this fight against the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations, both in the previous UGBM and this one. Our struggle must be intensified and we must continue fighting till the draconian Lyngdoh recommendations are completely demolished. The fight against Lyngdoh is a fight against all the forces which want to render the higher education into a marketable, meritocratic commodity. The fight against Lyngdoh is basic fight for the right to unionize. These are indeed difficult battles but JNU students have always fought these difficult battles to resist forces of privatization in the campus or to ensure social justice.
The opportunist pro-Lyngdoh alliance defeated truth in Monday’s UGBM. But truth has been defeated in many places and on many occasions. Truth is defeated when millions of people are rendered destitute by state and corporate sponsored displacement. When 80% of the country’s population is forced to survive on a mere Rs 20 a day. When millions of children die of malnutrition. When lakhs of farmers are forced to commit suicide. When lakhs of women are forced to sell their bodies. When the state and Hindutva forces kill Muslims in Gujarat, Bhagalpur, Forbesganj, Gopalgarh and Rudrapur. When dalits are lynched in Jhajjhar, Khairlanji, Mirchpur and Paramakudi. When the occupying armed and paramilitary forces unleash a regime of murder and rape to suppress the nationality struggles in Kashmir and North-East. But over and above all these truths, there is the spectre of a larger and much more powerful truth that is haunting the subcontinent. And this is the truth of the uncompromising peoples’ struggles. The people who are fighting braving extreme state repression and feudal oppression for their land, livelihood, dignity or freedom in India, Kashmir or Northeast are waging an uncompromising struggle against imperialism and feudalism. In solidarity with these people’s movement and taking inspiration from them, DSU stands in firm resolve to carry forward and intensify the struggle against Lyngdoh, privatisation of higher education and the brahmanical hegemony over knowledge production.
DSU thanks the Presidium of ex-EC members, Sulli, Savita and Manonitya who successfully chaired the UGBM held on Monday.
Posted by Democratic Students Union at 3:47 AM
The veil that shrouds ‘the democratic, socialist, republic of India’ was laid bare once again not so ironically on the 2nd of October. The farce of ‘Gandhian non-violence’ that the ruling class uses to mask the pedestal of violence upon which the Indian state rests, was again torn apart at Rudrapur. In yet another act of pre-planned violence against Muslims, as per the initial reports around 4 Muslims were killed and scores of them injured in the Rudrapur town of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The attack began on that day when the Muslims of the town following desecration of the Quran, came out to protest. Following this, the mobs of the Hindu right looted and torched the shops and vehicles of the local Muslims. The police, then indiscriminately fired and lathi-charged the protesting Muslims leaving two of them dead on the spot. Two more later succumbed to injuries. One of them was shot point blank on the forehead, as often tends to happen when our officers of the ‘law’ shoot in ‘self defence’. More than 300 people were stuck inside a local mosque in the wake of violence. The police rather than shielding them, has now arrested most of them. All this shows, what is common knowledge in India, the complete compliance of the state machinery in orchestrating pogroms and shielding the communal fascists.
“The arsonists are torching Muslim shops and houses one by one. They seem to have details of Muslim business establishments and shops….The condition is deteriorating fast rapidly. No action was taken on desecration of Holy Quran. When Muslims protested, police fired on them." These were the words of Muhammad Nasir, a local resident of the area. As an indefinite curfew has been imposed in the region, a number of fact finding teams have been stopped from entering the region. When DSU contacted another fact finding team today, they informed how their van was gheraoed by the local goons of the state. They are also being tracked and harassed by the police. A number of Muslim labourers, fearing further attacks and police harassment, have already fled from the region.
The desecration of the Quran was a well planned incident. In fact, it happened not once but twice within 3 days. On September 30, 2011, a bag containing a copy of Quran and flesh of pig was thrown at a local temple. And on 2nd October, to once again provoke the Muslims the Quran was desecrated and burnt. After both the incidents, the Muslims merely approached the police to demand action. But this was enough to provoke the police which came out with all its fury on the local Muslims. To gauge the reasons behind all this is not difficult to understand. With the impending state assembly elections early next year, the ruling class parties are engaged in actively orchestrating such pogroms to fan their majoritarian vote bank.
This is the second incident of a state sponsored attack on Muslims within 20 days. On 14th September in the Gopalgarh region of Rajasthan, more than 20 Muslims were massacred by the triumvirate of the local landholding Gujjars, the gangs of RSS-VHP-Bajrang Dal and the state government of Congress. And once again, in another vindication of its inherent fascism, this time in a BJP ruled state, Muslims have once again been targeted. This proves once again that notwithstanding the party in power, the colour of the Indian state is saffron. A revolutionary struggle towards the overhaul of this Hindu brahmanical state, and not merely hollow slogans of ‘secularism’ and ‘communal peace & harmony’, is going to emancipate all oppressed and marginalized people of the sub-continent.
Posted by Democratic Students Union at 3:43 AM
October 5, 2011
Defeat the attempt of the pro-Lyngdoh alliance of AISA/SFI/ABVP/NSUI/Y4E to bring in Lyngdoh in the name of “relaxations”!
The Farce of “relaxations”
Ø Grievance Redressal Cell, the most dangerous clause of Lyngdoh that enables the administration to dissolve even an elected union still remains intact!
Ø No public meetings will be allowed during the election campaign!
No Debates, No Politicization!
Ø The Meritocratic clause barring students with “academic arrears” from contesting still exists!
Ø Students with “criminal charge-sheet” will not be allowed to contest!
Ø No age relaxation for BA/MA students! \students who start their education late or are forced to discontinue in between will be barred arbitrarily!
Let us hold elections for the Joint Struggle Committee in the interim and make it an elected representative body following the JNUSU Constitution
Ø Thereby we would defy all the draconian clauses of Lyngdoh!
Ø We would uphold our JNUSU Conastitution in letter and spirit!
Ø Ensure elections upholding our politically vibrant culture, without any administrative interference!
Ø Have a representative body that along with fighting against Lyngdoh would also wage struggles on behalf of the student community with all strength and vigour unlike a puppet union under Lyngdoh!
Reject Lyngdoh in any form!
Uphold JNUSU Constitution!
Posted by Democratic Students Union at 5:05 PM
Reject Lyngdoh! Uphold the JNUSU Constitution! Support the following resolution to be placed by DSU in the UGBM on 3rd October 2011:
This UGBM upholds the JNUSU Constitution and rejects Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations in JNU in any form. The proposal to hold JNUSU Elections according to Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations with the so-called ‘exemptions’ is in clear violation of the JNUSU Constitution. It goes against our four-year long political and legal struggle against the imposition of draconian Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations in JNU, and hence is unacceptable.
As a result of the consistent struggle of JNU students led by the Joint Struggle Committee, the constitutional validity of the Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations has been called into question. This house therefore mandates the Joint Struggle Committee to intensify the struggle to restore JNUSU elections as per JNUSU Constitution. Towards this end, this UGBM resolves to strengthen the Joint Struggle Committee by initiating the process of making it an elected body. The elections to Joint Struggle Committee will be conducted by following the JNUSU Constitution as its guiding framework and as an interim measure till the JNUSU is restored as per the JNUSU Constitution.
Posted by Democratic Students Union at 5:01 PM
The Gopalgarh Massacre: Public Meeting And Release Of Fact Finding Report Speakers: Mohammad Azad, Abdul Gaffar Khan and others from Bharatpur and Gopalgarh Mohammad Ahmed, secretary Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Hafiz Mansoor Ali Khan, National General Secretary, SDPI Rona Wilson, CRPP
“…We climbed on top of the masjid to figure out what was happening. There were around 8-10 of us on the terrace when suddenly a young boy next to me got hit by a bullet. As I tried to realize what had happened, I myself got shot in the thigh. I could not stand still any longer and started fleeing downstairs.
The Vajra vahan (the riot control vehicle) went towards the Idgah and then came back to the masjid. Many of us tried to hide inside the masjid while some tried to jump off the 35 feet ditch and flee into the bushes in the backyard. Among the 10-15 who tried to go towards the front entrance many got shot from the Vajra vahan that was firing indiscriminately.
The crowd following the police had in the time being arrived at the steps of the masjid and started killing the wounded or those trying to escape who were lucky enough to survive the police bullets. Survivors were trapped between the Gujjars and the police and were mercilessly butchered. The RSS-led Gujjars were carrying lathis, farsa, bhallas, and also guns. As the RSS activists kept standing right outside the mosque, 15-20 local hindus entered the masjid and started beating up the injured. At this point my phone started ringing and I tried frantically to cut the call pressing all the buttons I could while being beaten up mercilessly with lathis. Badly injured in the head and near the jaws I collapsed. By that time almost everybody inside the mosque had been killed while the hindus started ransacking the masjid, burning the chatai and the Quran on one side of the masjid.
They presumed that I had died and thereby dragged me by my leg outside the masjid. There was a police vehicle waiting at the road on one side while on the other side was the fire. I was lucky not to be thrown into the fire and the police threw me into the vehicle like dead animal carcass, bodies were being piled one on top of the other inside the vehicle by the police. There were around 11 bodies. By the time I gained consciousness 5 days later, I was in the Bharatpur hospital”
This was the account of Saphat Khan as narrated to the DSU fact finding team which visited Gopalgarh on the 25th of September. Saphat Khan was a fortunate survivor of one of the most horrendous massacres that took place in recent times in Gopalgarh, in Bharatpur Rajasthan. A massacre that was craftily blacked out by the corporate media. A few news items that did come, did not reflect the truth. The media did not report the planned pogrom that took place in this small town of Rajasthan which is barely 180 km away from Delhi. The planned massacre of the Muslims was orchestrated by the RSS-VHP in collusion with the dominant landed section of the local Gujjar community. The total death toll is yet unknown. It could be as high as twenty or even more. The Aisha-Binte-Matraf (the Gopalgarh mosque) was completely ravaged and burnt. Charred remains of bodies and bones in and around the mosque which remained as late as after ten days, were mute evidences of the bodies that were piled up and burnt. The police armoury was thrown open to the RSS led mob and 500 rounds of bullets were fired. Some of the bullet marks were plastered with cement, evidences are already being removed. There were burnt/ damaged chappals strewn around everywhere. Some even floated in a nearby deep well. Nine bodies have been retrieved from that well so far.
This was not a “riot” as news snippets of the corporate media would like us to believe. It was rather a planned massacre, where police, RSS-VHP and local hindus all armed to their teeth with either police riffles or local weapons cornered an unarmed muslim mass and massacred them. The central question was that of land. A land adjacent to the mosque was claimed ‘disputed’ by the local feudal Gujjars. The SDM court had verdicted the ownership of the land in favour of the mosque’s Waqf board, not once but twice. But in communal fascist India, where feudal forces are the most dominant, legal ‘settlements’ are never supreme. So first the local feudal section of the Gujjars mercilessly beat up the Maulavi of the mosque and the following day, they forced the District Collector to issue a firing order and with the mobilization of more than 150 RSS-VHP, the pogrom was executed. The killings were followed by a massive loot of muslim owned shops and households. Curfew was declared in the entire area. But as the locals told us, the curfew is binding only on the Muslims. Many of the loots happened during the curfew once again showing the subservience of the state machinery to feudal forces. Justice and humanity that was burnt, butchered, buried, erased in Gopalgarh has further been mocked. No arrests have taken place after this horrific incident, even after the locals identified the goons Kesh Rishi Sing Master, Jawahar Sing from Bedum and Bhola Gujjar from Pahadi among others, who led the pogrom. Some token ‘transfer’ of the police officers is all that the Congress government of Rajasthan did. In fact after the massacre the police initially refused any FIRs from the muslims but in turn slapped 650 cases on them.
This massacre is yet another proof of the communal fascist nature of the Indian state. The feudal landed section of the Gujjars along with the RSS-VHP could wield its clout over the entire state machinery and the media, in first executing and then covering up the massacre. We have seen this in Bhagalpur, Kandhamal and ofcourse Gujarat. The state repeated sponsored butchery of muslims only reflect that notwithstanding the party in power, the colour of Indian state is saffron. We can not expect ‘justice’ from a system that is feudal to its core and a state machinery which is communal fascist. A revolutionary overhaul of this fascist state and the brahminical society can ensure justice to all the marginalized and oppressed section of the Indian society. The unity of struggle of the ongoing revolutionary movement of India along with the struggles of all other oppressed section can end this fascist rule and bring in justice for all.
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4,000 unidentified dead bodies buried in mass graves across Jammu! Oppose the Indian Occupation of Kashmir! The flames of national liberation in Kashmir shall sweep away the murderous Indian regime and all its stooges!!
"The bodies would come anytime and burials were to be made without involving townsfolk for fear of provoking anti- India protests...They (the police) used to hand over bullet-ridden or disfigured bodies and tell me that they were militants killed by the army in gunfights;…I wrapped the heads in shrouds and buried them. But, they took a receipt of seven bodies... It was the first time I was witnessing such a horror. I broke down…Over a period of time, it appeared fishy and I started refusing heads only. I started asking questions and demanded the full body,"
These are the words of Sofi Aziz Joo, the local gravedigger in the Poonch district of Jammu who was handed thousands of unidentified bodies by the Indian mercenary forces. In yet another vindication of the horrors of the Indian occupation of Jammu & Kashmir, a group of journalists has unearthed the existence of 2717 mass graves in Poonch and another 1127 in Rajouri districts of Jammu. It is estimated that these graves contain nearly 4,000 bodies. This comes only a month after the State Human Rights Commission revealed the existence of thousands of similar unmarked graves across North Kashmir. In fact that report was itself just a cover up operation, with figures far below the original, after a number of fact finding reports had brought to light what is common knowledge in Kashmir – the existence of unmarked graves across the region wherein lie buried thousands of Kashmiris who have been either been killed in tortured to death in custody or in fake encounters.
The gravedigger pointed out how the bodies handed over to him were mutilated with their faces beyond recognition. At times he was given only heads with no other part of the body attached to it. All this blatantly exemplifies how these people were tortured to death and then passed off as ‘foreign militants’. The Indian state even denied these martyrs a proper funeral. As the burials were completed amidst heavy police presence in the graveyard, no local was permitted to help in the burial for fear of their backlash.
Omar Abdullah’s ‘Truth and Reconciliation Committee’ has evoked enthusiasm amongst no one but himself. Omar Abdullah, the local stooge of the Indian expansionist forces in Kashmir, has again come out in full support of the murderous and rapist Indian army. Denying the existence of mass graves once again, he has gone to the extent of saying that calling them such would be a ‘misnomer’! Even when mass graves were unearthed in North Kashmir, he had denied the possibility of any immediate probe, knowing fully well that any delay would make it redundant as chances of DNA extraction would reduce greatly. He instead proposed setting up a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Committee’. The Kashmiris have seen enough of the subterfuges employed by the Indian state in the form of probes and committees to be deceived by this new ‘Truth and Reconcilliation Committee’.
The crimes of the Indian state in Kashmir have far surpassed even that of Pinochet’s Chile. In the past two decades alone, more than 80,000 Kashmiris have been killed, many women raped, and thousands have simply ‘disappeared’ only to be later unearthed in mass graves. Draconian laws like AFSPA have provided complete impunity to these killers. Kashmir right now continues to be the most militarized zone in the world with more than 8 lakh army personnel. However, despite the army, paramilitary, police and its numerous vigilante gangs, fear haunts not the people of Kashmir but the Indian ruling class and their local stooges. It is the fear of having recognized that their military might fails to evoke any fear amongst the Kashmiris anymore. It is the fear of having recognized that none of its overt and covert machinations can silence the rallying cry of Azaadi. It is the fear of having recognized that no amount of repression can crush the vision of an independent Kashmir. It is also the fear of the fact that its propaganda machinery fails to cut any ice amongst growing sections of Indians as they have time and again come out in support of Azaadi of Kashmir, at times even few meters away from the Parliament. Most of all, it is the fear of the growing unity amongst the Kashmiris and the revolutionary movement in India. DSU salutes the valiant freedom fighters of Kashmir and urges all progressive and democratic people to stand in complete solidarity with all the struggling nationalities for the right to self-determination including secession.
Posted by Democratic Students Union at 4:34 PM
Defeat the hypocritical pro-Lyngdoh forces of AISA and SFI! NO LYNGDOH IN THE GARB OF “RELAXATIONS”!!
The force of progressive students’ movement in JNU had forced both AISA and SFI to posture against Lyngdoh in JNU. But in reality they have no problems with a depoliticized Puppet Union which is debilitated by the draconian Lyngdoh and is at the mercy of the administration.
· SFI National President KK Raghesh wrote in CPM’s organ People’s Democracy in 2006: “Indisputably, the Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations will become a well-built weapon to the progressive student movement that consistently fights to ensure democratic rights of the student community” (http://pd.cpim.org/2006/1203/12032006_raghesh.htm)
· AISA last year joined the bandwagon of SFI/ABVP/NSUI to compromise the struggle against Lyngdoh and go in for “negotiations” with Gopal Subramaniam. But to maintain a “radical” pretence they set certain benchmarks for the “negotiation”! Anything ‘less than that’ was not acceptable to them a year back. AISA pamphlet dated 30th august 2010 said: “AISA holds that in the interest of holding JNUSU elections, we are ready to enter into negotiation with the SG. In these negotiations we are willing to accept as an interim measure pending the final outcome of the court case, the changed restrictions of age and repeat criterion, provided that we can go ahead with other aspects of the JNUSU elections such as the fact that that they are conducted by an election committee comprised by students, that the timeline and terms of campaign are decided by students, that pamphlets and public meetings will be allowed, and the administration will have no role to play, etc. this should be our baseline for negotiations on which AISA is very clear.” (emphasis in the original)
In the “negotiations” Gopal Subramaniam has made it very clear that the draconian “Grievance Redressal Cell” which gives sweeping power to the administration to even nullify elected candidates even after election will remain intact for JNU elections. The earlier authority of the Election Committee will be hugely curtailed by this Cell and this is a potent weapon for administrations to render unions toothless. Gopal Subramaniam has also made it clear that the public meetings that used to happen before the elections within the campaign period where various people used to come and generate a political debate, will NOT TAKE PLACE! Thus the two primary aspects of Lyngdoh of administrative control and depoliticization are kept intact ALONG WITH barring students beyond a certain age, students with “academic arrears”, with “criminal charge-sheet or cases,” from contesting elections! In what way does AISA accept this sham of “relaxations” which has retained the fangs of Lyngdoh to render Unions puppet? This only shows that their belligerent “conditional support” to ‘negotiations’ was nothing but hypocricy. This is yet another instance of their shadow boxing with SFI while in reality they are hand in gloves with the other pro-Lyngdoh forces.
The struggle ahead against Lyngdoh and for an elected Joint Struggle Committee elections. We have to tell the apologists of Lyngdoh AISA-SFI that we are not going to accept Lyngdoh in any form, not even as charity crumbs which Gopal Subramanium has thrown at us in the ‘negotiations’. A puppet students union at the mercy of the administration will never put up a genuine fight for students. Joint Struggle Committee has been given the task of fighting Lyngdoh and reinstating JNUSU elections according to JNUSU constitution. In this situation, DSU recognizes that the JSC has to be made more accountable to the student community. The way ahead for us is to hold elections for JSC as an interim measure till we win back JNUSU elections according to JNUSU constitution.
Why Joint Struggle Committee (JSC) election? The JSC was formed in 2008. All the organizations in JNU except for the casteist pro-Lyngdoh Y4E have been a part of it. The JSC was mandated by the UGBM to fight a political and legal battle against Lyngdoh to uphold and reinstate the JNUSU constitution. In the absence of JNUSU, the 1700 students requisitioned the JSC for 20 Sep’s UGBM. The JSC is thus entrusted to lead the most crucial battle which is going to determine the character of our university in the days to come. In this juncture, the JSC has to be a more accountable and elected body. Along with fighting the Lyngdoh Recommendations, DSU is of the firm opinion that the JSC representatives should take up other students’ issues in the interim until the reinstating of a JNUSU in accordance to our constitution. The Joint Struggle Committee can be modeled on the line of the JNUSU itself with four central office bearers along with representatives from each school.
The only question that is being raised against an elected JSC as an elected body is that of its ‘legitimacy’. In other words, the pro-Lyngdoh alliance is now asking us— will the administration recognize it or not? But we must remember that JNUSU is not a registered union either and drew its legitimacy only from the students which forced the administration to recognize it. Our representations to various administrative bodies like the AC/BoS, IHA, CDC were all results of struggle by students. So when students rally behind the JSC, the administration will be forced to recognize it as the legitimate representative body of the students. Moreover, this will not jeopardize the case that we are fighting in the constitutional bench against Lyngdoh. If established, the JSC can become a model of resistance to all students in other universities who are fighting the assault of draconian Lyngdoh and JNU students have the historic responsibility of playing the role of the torch-bearer.
Posted by Democratic Students Union at 4:30 PM
In the pamphlet dated 11/9/2011, on AFSPA, AISA wrote:
“AFSPA was introduced in the name of countering ‘terrorist’ activity. It is now more than fifty years since AFSPA has been enforced, and there is no evidence that AFSPA has been successful in its stated aim either in the North East or in Jammu & Kashmir”.
· So in AISA’s opinion the national liberation movements that are going on in Kashmir and in various other places in the North East are basically terrorist movements, which the AFSPA, unlike its ‘stated aim’ has failed to curb! Is that how AISA look at the heroic movement of the people fighting for their dignity and denied nationhood?
· Before condemning AFSPA one should first demand the removal of the heavy deployment of armed forces from Kashmir and North East to whom AFSPA has been providing impunity. In yesterday’s pamphlet or before, AISA hardly talks about the removal of lakhs of armed forces who are using AFSPA to kill, torture, detain or rape people. Is talking about ‘repealing AFSPA’, without demanding the removal of the armed forces going to change anything in either Kashmir or North East? Do they fancy that the ruthless armed forces will overnight turn ‘humane’ if AFSPA is repealed?
· Again, merely condemning AFSPA or talking about ‘human rights’ violations caused because of it, is just a sham when one does not recognize as to why it had been imposed in the first place. The huge contingents of merciless mercenary forces with complete legal impunity to kill have been deployed in Kashmir and North East to crush the genuine movement of the people in these places who are waging a heroic struggle for their national liberation. India has historically occupied these nations by force and has unleashed a reign of terror to crush these movements. AFSPA is just a ‘legal’ sanction to that state terror. AISA, just like an NGO, has deliberately avoided recognizing or taking a position on supporting the right to self-determination including the right to secession of these oppressed nationalities. Isn’t it utter hypocrisy and opportunism on the part of AISA to call itself Marxist-Leninist on one hand and maintain a criminal silence on the movement for Azaadi and self-determination including the right to secession?
· Down with the draconian AFSPA!
· Remove the armed occupation forces from Kashmir and North-East!
· Long live the heroic resistance for nationality and self-determination!
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