Kashmir Deserves President Obama’s Attention: Dr. Fai

Washington, D.C. November 23, 2009. “Kashmir dispute is simply this: the people of a large territory which is not part of any existing sovereign state were assured by the entire international community represented by the United Nations that they would be enabled to decide their future by a free vote. It was supported without any dissent by the United Nations Security Council and prominently championed by the United States and other democratic states. Until now, this assurance has not been honored,” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center on the occasion of Prime Minister India’s visit to Washington.

Dr. Fai said that the Kashmir dispute primarily involves the life and future of the people of the land. Because of its impact on relations between India and Pakistan, however, it directly affects the peace and stability of the South Asian subcontinent. This is a region which contains one-fifth of total human race.

He warned that two wars have been the harvest reaped from the dispute. The possibility of a third, bloodier, probably nuclear and more extensive one has by no means been eliminated.

The Executive Director reiterated that the dispute is not insoluble through peaceful procedures. It appears to be so only because the obduracy of one of the parties is encouraged by the apathy of the world outside.

Dr. Fai hoped that the Obama Administration can, and should, lead the effort to achieve a fair and lasting settlement of the dispute, fair to the people most immediately involved and fair to its own commitments to democracy and human rights. By doing so, the United States can strengthen the principles of a just world order. It will also earn the gratitude of generations in Kashmir, in Pakistan and even in India itself.

Dr. Fai underscored that the importance of the peace initiatives between India and Pakistan cannot be overstated, particularly when considering the link between stability and American socioeconomic and geopolitical interests in the region. Sadly, the potential for violence is ever-present which could catapult South Asia towards uncontrollable destabilization.

Dr. Fai underlined that in order to save the region from descending into the chaos, experts on South Asia have all rightly analyzed that the resolution of Kashmir issue is necessary for peace in the entire region. The extremist elements in the region have hijacked what is essentially a political issue and have used it as a convenient alibi for realizing their sinister agenda. This fringe element has mastered the art of brining the two neighbors to the brink of war. At present, the unpredictability of the Afghan rebellion and it’s ever widening encroachment on governmental control directly threatens both regional and international stability. Nothing would be as catastrophic of Pakistan collapsing under the weight of militant tyranny. As a candidate President Obama mentioned on October 30, 2008, “We should probably try to facilitate a better understanding between Pakistan and India and try to resolve the Kashmir crisis so that they can stay focused not on India, but on the situation

with those militants.”

Dr. Fai said that now is the time that President Obama tells Indian Prime Minister that the past sixty years history bears testimony that arm-twisting methods have not helped in containing or defeating the political dissent. This simplistic strategy has proven dangerously counterproductive and augmented regional instability. It may be reiterated that suppressing the political dissent and suffocating the public opinion is like laying of a minefield that has the potential of blowing up on the slightest touch.

“The United States paved the way for freedom around the world and it can help the people of Kashmir achieve peace, freedom and self-determination. Indeed, the appointment of a special envoy on Kashmir would hasten the progress of peace and reconciliation in the region, particularly India, Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan,” Dr. Fai emphasized.

For more information, please call: gnfai2003@yahoo.com

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Kashmir Deserves President Obama’s Attention: Dr. Fai

Washington, D.C.  November 23, 2009. “Kashmir dispute is simply this: the people of a large territory which is not part of any existing sovereign state were assured by the entire international community represented by the United Nations that they would be enabled to decide their future by a free vote.  It was supported without any dissent by the United Nations Security Council and prominently championed by the United States and other democratic states. Until now, this assurance has not been honored,” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center on the occasion of Prime Minister India’s visit to Washington.

Dr. Fai said that the Kashmir dispute primarily involves the life and future of the people of the land. Because of its impact on relations between India and Pakistan, however, it directly affects the peace and stability of the South Asian subcontinent. This is a region which contains one-fifth of total human race.

He warned that two wars have been the harvest reaped from the dispute. The possibility of a third, bloodier, probably nuclear and more extensive one has by no means been eliminated.

The Executive Director reiterated that the dispute is not insoluble through peaceful procedures. It appears to be so only because the obduracy of one of the parties is encouraged by the apathy of the world outside.

Dr. Fai hoped that the Obama Administration can, and should, lead the effort to achieve a fair and lasting settlement of the dispute, fair to the people most immediately involved and fair to its own commitments to democracy and human rights. By doing so, the United States can strengthen the principles of a just world order. It will also earn the gratitude of generations in Kashmir, in Pakistan and even in India itself.

Dr. Fai underscored that the importance of the peace initiatives between India and Pakistan cannot be overstated, particularly when considering the link between stability and American socioeconomic and geopolitical interests in the region. Sadly, the potential for violence is ever-present which could catapult South Asia towards uncontrollable destabilization.

Dr. Fai underlined that in order to save the region from descending into the chaos, experts on South Asia have all rightly analyzed that the resolution of Kashmir issue is necessary for peace in the entire region. The extremist elements in the region have hijacked what is essentially a political issue and have used it as a convenient alibi for realizing their sinister agenda.  This fringe element has mastered the art of brining the two neighbors to the brink of war. At present, the unpredictability of the Afghan rebellion and it’s ever widening encroachment on governmental control directly threatens both regional and international stability.  Nothing would be as catastrophic of Pakistan collapsing under the weight of militant tyranny. As a candidate President Obama mentioned on October 30, 2008, “We should probably try to facilitate a better understanding between Pakistan and India and try to resolve the Kashmir crisis so that they can stay focused not on India, but on the situation
with those militants.”

Dr. Fai said that now is the time that President Obama tells Indian Prime Minister that the past sixty years history bears testimony that arm-twisting methods have not helped in containing or defeating the political dissent. This simplistic strategy has proven dangerously counterproductive and augmented regional instability. It may be reiterated that suppressing the political dissent and suffocating the public opinion is like laying of a minefield that has the potential of blowing up on the slightest touch.

“The United States paved the way for freedom around the world and it can help the people of Kashmir achieve peace, freedom and self-determination. Indeed, the appointment of a special envoy on Kashmir would hasten the progress of peace and reconciliation in the region, particularly India, Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan,” Dr. Fai emphasized.

For more information, please call: gnfai2003@yahoo.com

One thought on “Kashmir Deserves President Obama’s Attention: Dr. Fai”

  1. Dear Dr. Fai, The ISI has played and continues to play a major role in destabilizing the Kashmir Valley. That’s a fact. And that is also the truth. Ask Dr. Shah Feisal of Kashmir, the Right to Information (RTI) activist, who has since proudly topped the IAS rankings and whose father was killed by militants when his father, a teacher, refused to shelter militants trained and paid for by the ISI. The ISI are shedding Kashmiri blood. That’s an inconvenient truth that must be faced.

    Every Kashmiri that I have met and spoken with in the Valley wants a peaceful, prosperous life. So does the Indian Army and the State Police, which is made up mainly of Kashmiris. I know. I have taken every opportunity to interact with Kashmiris from every section of society — doctors, bus drivers, orchard growers, teachers, bureaucrats, soldiers, policemen, and most important — schoolchildren.

    Every Pakistani of CONSCIENCE knows, deep in their hearts, that what I have stated is true of the role of the ISI in the Kashmir Valley. We cannot have Aman ki Asha without TRUTH constructed from FACTS.
    The same “brutality” that was inflicted by the ISI upon the courageous Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema in his own home country of Pakistan, has for several decades been inflicted numerous times upon thousands of ordinary Kashmiris in our fabled valley. Ordinary Kashmiris have told me so. Ordinary Kashmiris saw their homes being occupied by ISI-trained militants in Baramulla and Ganderbal and hundreds of other parts of the Valley.

    BUT , you are absolutely correct, it is absolutely a fact that the Indian army, the CRPF and the J&K State police have committed brutalities against ordinary Kashmiris. I would assert that the militancy is still being paid for by the ISI. ***However that still does not absolve the J&K state police and the Indian army from its crimes against Kashmiris, and it behooves these soldiers police and their leaders to conduct operations in a manner that protects the People of Kashmir. Both Police and Army have shown their utter ineptness and lack of professionalism in crowd control and street protest management, in separatist-driven conflict, partly financed and fueled by Pakistan’s own ISI.

    I have worked without pay for the last three years in the Valley and in Ladakh and I can only share my own personal experiences as a volunteer educator while living with ordinary Kashmiris (mainly Sunni) in the Kashmir Valley and in mainly Shi’a and Buddhist localities in Kargil in Ladakh.

    The Indian govt has been particularly inept and laggardly, and therefore criminally negligent in handling separatist-driven protest. Indian Kashmiris (not forgetting Kashmiri pandits forced out by ISI-sponsored militancy) have a right to be treated with respect, even in a conflict zone fueled by money and covert operations by the ISI.

    As to our history, I will never forget that the greatest of the Mughals, Jalaluddin Mohammad Akbar, India’s foremost SECULARIST, sent RAJPUT generals to Kashmir, chased out the Turki ruler of Kashmir Valley, and made Kashmir a part of Mughal India. Kashmir will ever remain a part of India.

    Satyameva Jayate — Truth is the Victor.

    Not you or me — or the OIC — but Truth itself gains the victory.

    Ethical ends are gained through ethical means. Pakistan itself was created unethically. Jinnah, unlike our very own Maulana Azad, never spent ONE second of one minute of one hour of one day in a British jail. He made no sacrifices. Jinnah separated muslim sisters and brothers who had lived together for centuries. His actions led to a bloodbath at Partition and later in Bangladesh, when Pakistan Army massacred Bangladeshi Muslims and especially targeted the Hindu minority,

    Ethical Ends can only be gained through Ethical Means.

    With Sincere Good Wishes,

    Professor Chithra Karunakaran
    City University of New York (CUNY)
    http://EthicalDemocracy.blogspot.com
    Ethical Democracy As Lived Practice

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