Civil disobedience new mode of resistance

Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the situation remains unchanged on the 71st day of the military siege and communications blackout in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region, today.

Main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Barring a few officials, no one is turning up to offices and educational institutions. People are keeping their shops closed throughout the day and are not attending offices as an act of resistance against the Indian occupation and its unilateral decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status. Indian army personnel are deployed in every nook and corner of the territory created a fear among the general masses. Although, the authorities claimed that postpaid mobile phones were activated today, but all prepaid phones and Internet continue to remain shut. »

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Washington, October 14 (KMS): When India’s Parliament abruptly stripped the Jammu and Kashmir of its special status on August 5, the government of Narendra Modi claimed that it was a prelude to a new era of economic development and expanded civil liberties for a region that for decades has been torn by sectarian violence, Washington Post in its editorial said.

The editorial said, the harsh, repressive measures that were imposed were only temporary, authorities said. These included the detention without charge of thousands of Kashmiri politicians and other leading public figures, and suspension of Internet and phone services. »

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Hyderabad, India, October 14 (KMS): Writer and film-maker, Sanjay Kak has said that the repeal of Kashmir’s special status does not have any effect on the struggle for freedom, but it adversely affects the middle class Kashmiris.

Sanjay Kak speaking at rights activist, K Balagopal’s 10th memorial meet at Sundarayya Vignan Kendra in Hyderabad said, “The lockdown itself is a form of protest. Without a phone and the internet, people are unable to communicate even for the most essential things. Health sector is the worst hit.” »

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Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a group of Muslim delegation in the garb of Sufi clerics from India, apparently on a mission to placate Kashmiris, were heckled, ‘greeted’ with anti-India slogans and forced to beat a retreat during a visit to Srinagar’s Hazratbal shrine.

The protesters knew that the Indian government was playing a Sufi card to divide Kashmiris on sectarian lines. That the Sufi clerics faced such hostility at the renowned shrine was a measure of the public anger at the August 5 revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. »

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Kuala Lumpur, October 14 (KMS): India is the world’s biggest importer of edible oils, and is the biggest buyer of Malaysian palm oil. It bought 3.9 million tonnes of Malaysian palm oil in the first nine months of 2019.
Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that his government will monitor the trade situation with India, which is reported to be considering trade curbs on the Southeast Asian nation over his criticism of New Delhi’s actions in Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the situation remains unchanged in the Kashmir Valley and Muslims majority areas of Jammu region where military lockdown and communications blackout entered 71st day, today.

Although the occupation authorities have announced to restore some landline and postpaid phones, yet people are finding it hard to come to terms with the ongoing state of affairs due to restrictions and clampdown.

Main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Barring a few officials, no one is turning up to offices and educational institutions. Some shops do open for few hours during morning and evening and also roadside vendors are seen on various places doing businesses, but they fail to cater to the needs of general public. People are keeping their shops closed throughout the day and are not attending offices as an act of resistance against the Indian occupation and its Aug 5 unilateral action. »

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Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): A joint delegation of the Jamaat-e-Islami, India, and the civil society has raised concerns over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir, and also the impact of communication clampdown on the Kashmiri people.

The delegation visited Srinagar, Baramulla and Pulwama and met social activists, lawyers, representatives of NGOs and religious organisations. »

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New Delhi, October 14 (KMS):  Two recently released reports on the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir say that the Kashmiris are resisting the Indian occupation through satyagraha or non-violent civil disobedience with an ultimate goal of Azadi (freedom) from India.

 According to Kashmir Media Service, one of the two reports authored by Indian Supreme Court’s lawyer, Advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan and a Professor of sociology at the Delhi School of Economic, Nandini Sundar, categorically mentions that ‘Not a single person in the Kashmir Valley is happy with the Modi government’s decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status.’

Advocate Nitya and Professor Nandini prepared the report after their visit to occupied Kashmir from October 5 to 9.

The report said that the Kashmiris are resisting New Delhi “through satyagraha or non-violent civil disobedience” and added that since the entire leadership is in jail, “this satyagraha is being carried out by the people themselves.” “There is some societal coercion, but by and large, this is entirely voluntary. This is not happening on the direction of militants, contrary to the advertisements now being run by government.” »

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Srinagar, October 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, with authorities deciding to hold class 10 and class 12 board exams from last week of October, anxious students reeling under unprecedented clampdown for the 71st day, today, cite incomplete syllabus as the reason for their non-readiness to face examinations.

All the educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, across Kashmir are shut since August 5, when the Indian government repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the authorities have issued date sheets with examinations for class 10th starting from October 29 and class 12 from October 30 in an apparent move to show the world that the situation in under control. But students say they have not completed the syllabus due to the continuous closure of educational institutions. »

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Islamabad, October 14 (KMS): Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League, Zahid Ashraf has condemned the new Indian ploy of manufacturing and imposing a new brand of ‘juveniles’ on the Kashmiri people.

Zahid Ashraf in a statement issued in Islamabad said that even the heavyweight stooges were never able to prevent the freedom-loving Kashmiris from their long cherished dream of absolute freedom from the illegal Indian occupation. »

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