I received the following document today through a mutual contact of the fact-finders and mine. It was presented at a press conference today, September 24th 2019, in New Delhi. I am sharing it to highlight both the situation in Kashmir, and to enable us who are far away to get as close to the actual … Continue reading Fact-Finding Visit to Kashmir
The current treatment of Kashmiris, mainly Kashmiri Muslims, is a sign that should alert all of us, that should shake all of us awake. Maybe we are willing to buy the propaganda that people in the valley are happy. But if the people in the valley are indeed happy, then why the restrictions? Why are the telephone lines restricted? What are the reasons for the internet still being banned? I argue that the means employed by the Indian government signal to the residents of Kashmir that it is either too impatient to find a better strategy, or that it is too unwilling to resort to less violent strategies. While there may be two sides to the story, we cannot afford to miss the warning signs. Oppression, typically, does not manifest through an evil-doer admitting to want to oppress someone. Oppression does not become manifest by just listening to the words said, but by interpreting the deeds and the body language. They will indicate the speaker’s true intentions.
Pulled into the parking lot, parked itZipped up my parka, joined the procession of marchersIn my head like, "Is this awkward?Should I even be here marching?"Thinking if they can't, how can I breathe?Thinking that they chant, what do I sing?I want to take a stance cause we are not freeAnd then I thought about it, … Continue reading Quoting Macklemore on White Privilege II