Srinagar, January 08, 2017 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Kashmiri academics and political commentators have said that the sympathy expressed with protesters in the so-called Kashmir assembly is fake and devoid any sincerity.
In recent years, legislators from the opposition in the so-called assembly have become increasingly vocal about human rights violations and have used slogans, arguments and rhetoric that is associated with the Hurriyet camp, apparently blurring the line between pro-freedom and pro-Indian polity.
Professor of English Literature at Kashmir University, Hameeda Nayeem, says that pro-Indian politicians are appropriating the language of pro-freedom politics without actually subscribing to the idea.
“Their language laced with pro-freedom politics has no sanctity. It is evident in the contradiction between the state tolerating their pro-freedom language and punishing those who speak the same language on the streets of Kashmir,” Nayeem said.
“They are not sincere. Their words smack of hypocrisy. They want to remain in the comfort of power, which is why they use the language of pro-freedom politics to be relevant,” she said.
Law professor and columnist Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain said that pro-Indian parties were trying to be in line with the dominant sentiments of Kashmir. “This does not mean they adhere to those sentiments. They want to harvest political dividends from it,” he added.
In the recent budget session of the Assembly, opposition legislators have raised slogans against the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), condemned the more than 100 killings at the hands of forces and the use of pellets and PAVA shells, and denounced the use of brutal force that has led to full or partial blinding of more than a thousand people.
“Pro-India politicians want to carve out political spaces for themselves,” political commentator and former head of political science department at Kashmir University, Noor Ahmad Baba, said.
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