New York, August 07 (KMS): ”The Indian government’s decision to revoke the semi-autonomous status of Kashmir, accompanied by a huge security clampdown, is dangerous and wrong. Bloodshed is all but certain, and tension with Pakistan will soar, is what concluded the US newspaper, The New York Times over India’s unilateral move to abrogate Article 370.

The newspaper’s editorial board in its opinion piece titled ‘India Tempts Fate in Kashmir, ‘The Most Dangerous Place in the World’ while referring to the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A, writes: “The Indian government knows how incendiary its actions are, which is why, before making the announcement on Monday, it ordered tens of thousands more troops into Kashmir, put major political figures under house arrest, ordered tourists to leave, closed schools and cut off internet services.”

The editorial board exposing the Indian government lies behind the military buildup says, “The government claimed it was acting to prevent a planned terrorist attack. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his governing Bharatiya Janata Party, deeply rooted in Hindu nationalist ideology, have long made no secret of their intention to revoke the articles in the Indian Constitution granting the predominantly Muslim Kashmir a special status – a move the BJP sees as “correcting a historical blunder”.

“That ‘blunder’ began with Britain’s 1947 partition of its Indian colony into a Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan. The status of what was then the principality of Jammu and Kashmir was left undecided.” While mentioning the intervention by the world body, the newspaper writes, “The United Nations recommended holding a referendum to let Kashmiris decide their fate, but that never happened.” In this volatile stew, India’s latest action provoked instant vows of resistance. The Kashmiris are especially incensed by the lifting of a ban they had long imposed on the purchase of land by non-residents, to prevent their land from being bought up by Indians, the newspaper wrote. It quoted Mehbooba Mufti as having said, “There will be chaos if our identity is compromised.”

The US and China must not allow Kashmir to become a pawn in their ongoing disputes; on the contrary, the US, China, the UN and other powers with influence over India and Pakistan must urgently do what they can to prevent India’s folly from escalating into a perilous and unpredictable regional crisis, the board urged.


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