Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/29446

Posted on 16 August 2019 at 18:13 GMT

Anger continues to mount over imposition of direct rule in Kashmir

Mass protest outside the Indian High Commission on 15.8.19 over repression in Kashmir, photo Scott Jones

Mass protest outside the Indian High Commission on 15.8.19 over repression in Kashmir, photo Scott Jones   (Click to enlarge)

Scott Jones, East London Socialist Party

Thousands of Kashmiris and those of Kashmiri descent protested outside the Indian High Commission in London on 15 August against the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir's 'special status' and other brutally repressive measures by India's right-wing BJP government led by Narendra Modi.

Protesters came from as far away as Nottingham, Oldham, and other areas around the country to form a noisy, angry demonstration. Along with their coaches, they shut down central London streets around the commission.

They welcomed the Socialist Party's support and snapped up our newspapers, placard and leaflets, as well as discussing the Kashmir national question with us.

Several left contact details to join the Socialist Party and took photos with our placards. Many gave their details on our sign-up sheets to organise a network for further action.

Our leaflet contained a statement and demands by members of our international organisation, the Committee for a Workers' International, in India and Pakistan which calls for defence of democratic rights, including self-determination for the people of Kashmir.

We discussed with protesters about the need for action and organisation by ordinary working people in Kashmir and the sub-continent as organisations like the United Nations (which is dominated by the major capitalist powers and has repeatedly failed to protect oppressed people since its founding), as well as the capitalist Pakistani government, cannot protect the rights of Kashmiris.

The scrapping of Article 370 of India's constitution - which conferred nominal autonomy on Indian occupied Kashmir - and the imposition of a military curfew, making hundreds of arrests, along with blocking the internet and other communications, illustrates Modi's ruthless drive to use Hindu nationalism to secure his role.

Prior to this imposition of direct Indian government rule in Kahsmir, Modi's BJP government has been trampling over linguistic, national and democratic rights both in Kashmir and elsewhere in India. This is partly to act as a diversion from the increasing economic and social problems in India.

Socialist Party members also highlighted how scrapping Article 35A will open up Kashmir's natural wealth and resources to be looted and exploited by capitalists.

Three wars have been fought between India and Pakistan over control of Kashmir since India's independence in 1947. Today these two states possess nuclear arsenals and have repeatedly fought armed skirmishes along the line of control dividing Kashmir.

The London protest was historic in terms of its size and the mix of different groups and people on it. As well as Kashmiri's from Kashmir itself and the UK there were Pakistanis and some Indians, mainly Sikhs from the Punjab. All were angry about the Indian government's actions but also the silence from the media and government in Britain about what is really going on.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 






Related links:

Kashmir:

triangleLeicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen

triangleBradford demo: Self-determination for Kashmir

triangleHackney Socialist Party: Kashmir crisis - Stop the attack on democratic rights

triangleKashmir crisis: Stop the attack on democratic rights

India:

triangleEast London Socialist Party: India, coronavirus & capitalism

triangleEast London Socialist Party: India - coronavirus & capitalism

triangleIndia: Fighting the curse of capitalism and coronavirus

triangleIndia: Bloody pogrom fuelled by Modi's sectarianism

Government:

triangleThailand: Youth rising against hated junta

triangleNorth East lockdown: simmering anger at Tory incompetence

triangleTesting shambles: unions must fight back

Socialist:

triangleSouth East Wales Socialist Party: World in Crisis - Can capitalism overcome it?

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: The US presidential election

Pakistan:

triangleIndia General election shows crying need for independent socialist alternative

CWI:

triangleTrotsky online rally - watched across the world

BJP:

triangleIndia: Modi victory underlines need for real socialist fightback

United Nations:

triangleCuba: Covid-19 and the 60-year-old embargo

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/9/20

The Socialist

The Socialist: More than a newspaper

23/9/20

Coventry

Coventry: Socialist Students is back

23/9/20

Liverpool

Liverpool Council must save care homes

23/9/20

Sussex

Sussex: Hands off Peacehaven schools

23/9/20

Fighting Fund

Fighting fund: One week to raise 3,444

23/9/20

Cardiff

Workplace news in brief

23/9/20

Schools

Dispatches from the front - chaotic schools are not safe!

16/9/20

The Socialist

Selling the Socialist

16/9/20

Socialist Party

Why I joined the Socialist Party: Tories and Blairites only care about corporate greed

16/9/20

Young people

Covid generation says 'fund our future'

16/9/20

Coventry

Coventry: scrap 'profit before people' hospital parking charges

16/9/20

National Shop Stewards Network

Lobbying for a lead from the TUC

16/9/20

NHS

Angry health workers demand 15% now!

16/9/20

Usdaw

Reinstate Richie Venton

16/9/20

Hull

Reinstate Tony Smith

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999