• Over 200 writers and cultural activists respond to the Kashmir situation: “This is a mockery of democracy”

    Indian Cultural Forum

    August 16, 2019

    Courtesy Scroll: A Kashmiri woman wipes her tears while listening to a story of a Kashmiri man at a function in New Delhi where compatriots gathered to observe Eid. | Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters  

    By revoking the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and splitting it up into two union territories, the central government has made a mockery of democracy. It has violated the solemn promises made to the state of Jammu & Kashmir by the Union of India during the accession of the state in 1947.  

    The abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution and the breakup of the state has been executed unilaterally, clandestinely and coercively. The people — across religious, cultural, ethnic and ideological segments — have not been consulted. Indeed, the unprecedented security and information clampdown in the state since 5th August 2019 is proof of the government’s fear of popular discontent and democratic dissent.  

    We, Indians who are writers, artists, media persons and cultural activists, condemn the undemocratic and unconstitutional moves of the government in Jammu & Kashmir. We condemn the government’s division of people and territories from above, subverting the very basis of our constitutional federalism. We condemn the state of siege imposed on the people of a state already suffering for many long years.  

    We demand that the state of siege in Jammu & Kashmir be lifted, and all basic freedoms — including those of free expression, communication and media freedoms — be restored with immediate effect. We demand the restoration of Article 370, and the restoration of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. We declare our solidarity with the Kashmiri people, and call on all our fellow citizens to resist this authoritarian challenge to the freedom and autonomy of Jammu & Kashmir. 

    Read the statement in Hindi here.

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    2Abhay Maurya87Karthika Nair172Shaswati Mazumdar
    3Abhinava Bhattacharya88Kavery Nambisan173Sheba Chhachhi
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    8Ali Javed93Madhusree Dutta178Skye Arundhati Thomas
    9Alok Rai94Makarand Sathe179Sohail Hashmi
    10Amandeep Sandhu95Mangad Rathnakaran180Sonia Jabbar
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