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Why Is India Losing Kashmir Narrative

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Our government from time to time is given to “blasting”, “slamming” and reacting “strongly” to international criticism of our handling of the Kashmir situation, particularly its human rights issues. Our media gives the impression that India’s critics are periodically subject to devastating punishment — to leave them shattered and speechless.

Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. Far from levelling our foes or silencing criticism, our self-righteous indignation and pompous rhetoric only reinforces the perceived international notions about the image of India as a ruthless, arrogant power that has no qualms about brutally suppressing its own citizenry in Kashmir.

A recent article in the British newspaper, the Guardian, written by an Indian journalist reflects the prevalent international perceptions on Kashmir: “Kashmiri separatist leaders and the young people who come out on the streets at their behest are considered Muslim traitors, rather than the manifestation of a political problem that has to be discussed and resolved, not militarily crushed.”

The more our outrage, the more impassioned our critics grow, producing reams of damaging reports on our purported human rights abuses, state repression and military oversight.

Most recently, the UN published a report containing widespread occurrences of serious human rights violations in the Kashmir Valley, including the excessive use of force by the Indian military and paramilitary forces, frequent civilian casualties, arbitrary detentions and impunity for human rights abuses.

This is only one of many recent reports issued by organisations such as the UN, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),........

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