India’s Consul General to the US in New York city, Sandeep Chakravorty, has said that Narendra Modi-led Indian government will build settlements modeled after Israel to ensure the colonization of Hindu population in occupied Kashmir.
“I don’t know why we don’t follow it. It has happened in the Middle East. If the Israeli people can do it, we can also do it,” Chakravorty said, referring to the illegal settlements implemented by Israel to occupy Palestine.
Sandeep Chakravorty was speaking to Kashmiri (Hindu) Pandits and Indians in New York.
“I think the return of Kashmiri Pandits is being instrumentalized to justify a settler-colonial project in Kashmir,” Mona Bhan, an associate professor of South Asian Studies at Syracuse University in New York said in an interview.
The exodus of Kashmiri Pandits has been used by consecutive Indian governments to legitimize their violence on Kashmiri Muslim population.
The Indian government is saying that their measure will help Kashmiri Pandits go back and buy their lands. The fallacy of the logic lies in the fact that Kashmiri Pandits do not have to buy back their lands.
Such allegations that Pandits cannot return to their motherland and all their properties were taken over by Muslims have also been discredited. Up till now Pandit houses and lands remain untouched.
On the other hand, at least two people were killed in grenade attacks in Indian occupied Kashmir on Tuesday and two fighters were shot dead by Indian forces, officials said, in one of the region’s most violent days since New Delhi imposed a security clampdown there.
One was thrown at a group of village councillors and government officials waiting outside an administration building in the village of Hakura, south of Srinagar. The police official said two people were killed and at least four injured.
The second grenade was lobbed into a store next to an entrance to the University of Kashmir in Srinagar, injuring three people, the official added.
Meanwhile, on Monday and Tuesday , Indian troops killed three youth during a cordon and search operation in Drabgam area of the district
The killings triggered massive anti-India protest demonstrations across Pulwama district. Several people were injured when the troops used brute force and fired bullets and pellets on the mourners.
Indian police arrested many youth during house raids in different areas of Sopore town. Some of the detainees were identified as Basit, Saqlain Mushtaq, Baber and Jehangir.
The troops also conducted a violent crackdown operation in Soura area of Srinagar city. The troops used drones and motor boats during the operation.
The Indian government has insisted that “normalcy” is returning to occupied Kashmir, but locals are still cut off from the internet and dozens of political leaders remain in detention.