So the Indian government is saying to the Kashmiris, just like the British government said to the Indians that the natives are not ready for freedom.
<p< Eventually look what happened with all the legacy of the so-called non-violent struggle, there were many armed struggles there and then, and part of it was non-violent. But eventually it left us with the legacy of partition perhaps one of the greatest most violent upheavals in modern history. But those debates which we are talking about which you are very well aware of have been used by the Indian State to divide you to make you fight each other. As a result of that from the fear of that there has been a backing off of intellectual engagement so that eventually people are not exactly sure about what is the shape and what is the form of Azadi. And there’s absolutely nothing that should prevent people from debating it openly. As long as that doesn’t result in killing each other or weakening the struggle in any way it’s only going to make you stronger those debates, as long as you are not allowing somebody to use it against you.
We can turn this into a conversation to take this into a direction which will most help to sharpen the conversation and deepen the understanding of the struggle. This conversation about what kind of mask the occupation itself wishes to fit upon the occupation itself so that it can demonise it so that it can come out looking like the good guy?
The Indian Government opened two locks. One was the lock of the Babri Masjid, and the other was the lock of the Indian markets
This conversation about what kind of mask the occupation itself wishes to fit upon the occupation itself so that it can demonise it so that it can come out looking like the good guy? Why has this whole struggle been constantly, constantly put in front of the world and in front of the media as a struggle of fundamentalist Islamists? The point is that if it is a struggle of fundamental Islamists, then that’s fine. Put it forward as such. Let the people say that this is what we want. Who is anyone to disagree? You have the right to be whatever you want to be. But in the late eighties, what was happening in international and our regional areas that sort of made this picture that everyone was supposed to then fit in to?
In the late eighties when capitalism won its jihad against Soviet communism in the mountains of Afghanistan two things happened in India. India the government of India which called itself Non Aligned which held itself with some pride in the international arena suddenly became completely aligned and began to say that we are the natural ally of Israel and the US. And the Indian Government opened two locks. One was the lock of the Babri Masjid, and the other was the lock of the Indian markets. And exactly at that same time was when it opened the lock of Babri Masjid, America flipped suddenly from calling the people who were waging their jihad against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan the founding fathers to the world’s greatest terrorists. At that same time in India began the movement for Hindutva the whole Babri Masjid episode and the corporatisation. Both projects went side by side, hand in hand. At the end of a long manufacturing process, the opening of these two locks ended with the production of two kinds of terrorism the Islamist “terrorist” and the Maoist “terrorist”.
It sends the Kashmiris to Chattisgarh, it sends the Chattisgarhis to Kashmir
How does the Indian democracy function today? It has the BJP and the Congress, and it has ensured that whichever government comes to power it will be right wing and it will be militaristic because it will always be dealing with some kind of terrorism. Today we have a country that calls itself the world’s largest democracy headed by a Prime Minister that has never won an election in his life! And with economic policies that mean that India cannot have an 8 per cent growth rate without becoming a militaristic power. By militaristic I don’t mean an international super power but I mean by militarising itself because the former finance minister the current prime minister Mister Chidambaram who was the legal advisor and representative of all the companies that are plundering the land today, he said that it is his vision that 80 percent of Indian people would live in cities. This means that 500 million people will be uprooted from their villages. How can this happen unless it is supervised by the army or the police? It cannot happen. What we are seeing in India today is what you people have seen in Kashmir in the last 20 years.
I have travelled in Chattisgarh, you speak to the police, BSF or CRPF there, many of them have been deployed in Kashmir and now they are deployed in Chattisgarh. And what you have is a situation where India is a colonial power that has you know fought in Nagaland and Manipur and all these states I have told you about. It sends the Nagas to Kashmir it sends the Kashmiris to Chattisgarh it sends the Chattisgarhis to Kashmir the Tamilians to somewhere else. Exactly like the British forces fought the First World War and in the Second World War.