All International subcategories:
South Asia keywords:
India - no voice for Kashmiri struggle
BOOKER PRIZE winner and campaigner Arundhati Roy has been threatened with a charge of sedition by the Indian government and with physical threats by Indian nationalist groups. Her crime? Speaking at a meeting which discussed the fight for Azadi (freedom) for the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The government of so-called 'Shining India' has once again exposed its brutal nature. When David Cameron visited in June he referred to Britain and India's 'shared commitment to democracy and tolerance'. This was just another Tory lie to assist British big business interests.
The reality is far from tolerant. The Indian government not only denies the rights of the Kashmiri people but it attempts to crush those who speak out against the repression.
In the last half a year well over 100 Kashmiri people have been viciously murdered by the occupying Indian army. Most of the dead are young. Thousands more have been maimed, blinded and injured.
At the time of writing most of the valley of Kashmir is on strike (bandh) in defiance of the army's ongoing and strangling curfew and occupation. The government has made no serious attempt to address the overwhelming desire for Azadi and has failed to bring even one murderer to justice.
The threats against Arundhati show that intolerance of opposition to the government is growing. Now the semi-fascist RSS is threatening to 'fix' her and have attacked her house. Unfortunately, given the government's stance towards the outspoken author further attacks are not ruled out and her life and freedom are in danger.
Join the protest outside the Indian high commission, India House, Aldwych, London WC2 on Thursday 4 November at 1pm. Defend the rights of the Kashmiri people, defend freedom of speech, defend freedom of assembly.
Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777
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: 07748 534 891
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