Statement on Recent Developments in Kashmir: Delhi University Students, Academics and Other Concerned Individuals

Guest Post by Delhi University Students, Faculty and Other Concerned Individuals

The current escalation of violence in Kashmir started on July 8, 2016 after the killing of Hizb ul Mujahideen’s Burhan Wani by the armed forces of the Indian State. As per reports from the local media, Burhan’s funeral was attended by an estimated 4 lakh people, apart from the numerous other assemblies of mourning held in-absentia across the valley.

The essential character of resistance to the Indian state in Kashmir today is not primarily in the form of a guerrilla war between the armed forces and the militants. Since 2008 mass rebellions have broken out against the Indian state, including stone pelting by youth. In the years 2008, 2009, and 2010, the Indian government has responded to the mass movement through the use of brutal violence leading to the killing of over two hundred civilians, and injuring thousands, many of whom have been blinded for life through the use of pellet guns by the Indian armed forces. We have also witnessed how the Indian state has responded to these agitations by imposing continuous curfews, curbing the local press, snapping all forms of communication and by incarcerating the pro-freedom leadership, thus denying the people all avenues to express and demand the fulfillment of their aspirations peacefully. In 2016 the State continues to respond much the same way. As we write this, sixty nine civilians have been killed, including Amir Nazeer, who studied at the University of Delhi. Thousands have been injured and yet again scores have lost their eyesight forever due to the firing of pellet guns. The government has yet again as always, blamed Pakistan for instigating the protests, thus completely refusing to acknowledge the ground reality in Kashmir.

The State’s militaristic response is not just grossly disproportionate and violative of basic human rights, but designed to perpetuate violence and state terror. There must be a political process that aims to find a lasting solution to the dispute, and such a process must begin by acknowledging the aspirations of the people in Kashmir, who are claiming the right to self-determination or Aazadi. There can be no dialogue based on purposeful non-recognition of what the other party wants.

We appeal to the democratic sections of India to respect the democratic aspirations of the people of Kashmir and to stand in solidarity with them. We appeal to them to demand the cessation of the present cycle of violence and to punish the guilty. Most importantly we appeal to them to raise their voice demanding of the State that it begins a political process aimed at finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute.


Burhan Qureshi, Delhi School of Economics

Gowher Fazili, Delhi School of Economics

Tahiba Ulfat, Delhi School of Economics

Thanzeel Nazer, Delhi School of Economics

Naincy, Delhi School of Economics

Gayathri Devi VG, Delhi School of Economics

Urmika, Delhi School of Economics

Pallab, Delhi School of Economics

Ankita, Delhi School of Economics

Samiksha, Delhi School of Economics

Grace Mary S, Delhi School of Economics

Mrigakshi Parashar, Delhi School of Economics

Ajanti, Delhi School of Economics

Bhavneet Kaur, Delhi School of Economics

Arunima Nair, Delhi School of Economics

Vasundhara Jairath, Delhi School of Economics

Sumbul Farah, Delhi School of Economics

Sarbani Sharma, Delhi School of Economics

Fahad Hashmi, Delhi School of Economics

Nargis Vasundhara, Delhi School of Economics

Seram Rojesh, Delhi School of Economics

Rameez T, Delhi School of Economics

Uma Chakravarti, Rt. Prof. University of Delhi

Anand Chakravarti, Rt. Prof. University of Delhi

Shivangi Sharma, University of Delhi

Lokesh Malti Prakash, University of Delhi

Vidyun Sabhawney, University of Delhi

Abeen Bilal, University of Delhi

Archit Nanda, University of Delhi

Aniket Chetri, University of Delhi

Mayurakshi Kumar, University of Delhi

Ritesh Jaiswal, University of Delhi

Santosh Hasnu, University of Delhi

Amit Kumar, University of Delhi

Nandini Sundar, Delhi School of Economics

Sudha Vasan, Delhi School of Economics

Satish Deshpande, Delhi School of Economics

Rajni Palriwala, Delhi School of Economics

Radhika Chopra, Delhi School of Economics

Nivedita Ghosh, University of Delhi

Nivedita Menon J.N.U

Ishita Dey A.U.D

Rukmini Sen, A.U.D

Farhana Ibrahim, IIT Delhi

Reshma Radhakrishnan, Delhi School of Economics

Malay Firoz, Brown University

S. Anand, Navayana

Pothik Ghosh, Radical Notes

Ruchika Jain, IIT Kanpur

Soibam Haripriya, TISS

Swatahsiddha Sarkar, University of North Bengal

Sanghamitra Misra, University of Delhi

3 thoughts on “Statement on Recent Developments in Kashmir: Delhi University Students, Academics and Other Concerned Individuals”

  1. Governments in democratic countries -by its very nature -must have set rules and strategies to deal with citizens ire expressed time by time in various circumstances.Though that the political parties are different at different times.But it is also true that there are consensus on various national issues and this is usually observed by parties.knowing that they all are working for the country.
    In our case this consensus is lacking and our politicoes and bureaucracies are incapable if thinking rationally and for long term .

  2. Kashmir issue has been here with us for the last many decades.The question is ;whose issue is it?First of all answer to this question should be given.Secondly ,who wants a solution to it?Do you think the powers involved in it are worried about the lot of the people there?I think these are the pithy question which need to be confronted by one and all who express concern over Kashmir situation.Personally I think this government of the Union of India knows only one thing :-use,abuse and misuse all the powers that it has.Suppression is the core of their authority.Anybody who thinks that it has any regard for the voice of the people is living under an illusion.Under this dispensation killings are sure to increase .Nobody should expect cessation of state terror unleashed by this government.Anybody who criticises it is sure to be damned as as anti-national and booked for sedition.I think the valley people have realised it .

  3. Repression continues unabated. Kashmir is under curfew for over a month and lives have been thrown out of gear. The first and foremost duty of the government at the centre and state is to lift the curfew, withdraw all armed forces, let people voice their opinions in the firm of protests, and, then, invite every group to negotiating table. There should not be any pre- conditions. At least, some firm of truce is essential right now for the people to breathe in open air without fear of being blinded by pallets..!!!

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