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Seminar at Kashmir University urges plebiscite

Srinagar, April 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): For the first time since 1989, when the armed resistance started against the occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India, scholars in the University of Kashmir held a discussion on the dispute over Kashmir, questioning the accession of the territory to India.

The scholars and writers during the launching ceremony of a book at Ibn-e-Khaldoon auditorium demanded the holding of plebiscite to find out the solution to the Kashmir dispute. They also voiced concern over the human rights violations by the Indian police personnel and troops in Kashmir.

Terming the Indian writers and historians responsible for creating the confusion on the Kashmir dispute, noted columnist ZG Mohammad said the historians had not been courageous enough to tell our stories.

“We have not ably told our stories to the world. Our story has been told by hunter, so the dominant discourse is about hunt”. While rejecting the notion that the Kashmir issue took a back seat after 9/11, Mohammad said that Kashmir has not been blacked out though a dominant discourse has been created about it. He said the Indian authorities are diverting the dominant discourse and try to make any other issue the dominant discourse.

Noted social activist, Professor Hameeda Nayeem said, India is multiplying stakeholders of the conflict to create confusion so that there is no mediating agency ready to mediate. “They have used the tools of NGOisation, Securitization, Militarization and Sadbhavna to change the discourse of the territory,” she added. Terming the plebiscite the democratic right of the people, Hameeda Nayeem said the denying the right to self-determination is against the ethos of the Indian philosophy. “India needs to show its democratic spirit in Jammu and Kashmir,” she added.

Dr GN Gowhar, noted historian who was chief guest on the occasion also blamed the writers and historians for not being involved in peoples’ struggle. “We always blame people for failures of 2008 and 2010, but we never educated them,” he said. “Let’s coordinate and agitate intellectually for our cause so that we are heard,” he said.

He asked the writers to prepare and explore literature and translate in different languages of India to present our sufferings to them.

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