Kashmiris have VOLUNTARILY voted"
This is the catch phrase Indians are using everywhere they go nowadays and their Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said these words from the ramparts of the red fort on the Indian republic day i.e. August 15 2009.
Now let me go into what actually happened and how the international community was successfully hoodwinked mainly because they allowed the Indians to hoodwink them or perhaps they just are not too interested to go into the nitty gritty cunning debaucheries of Indians in Kashmir. Nevertheless someone has to talk about what actually happened and I hope people do take notice of what I am gonna write here...........
Have you ever wondered about the plight of the villagers surrounded on all sides by brutal slum dog army men...day in day out.......their experience of what happens if you don't come out to vote over the last 3 decades has surely taught them a lesson. If for nothing....then surely just for survival people had to vote.....there are hundreds of cases about what happened to whole villages if they refused to vote. Their suffering wouldn't be apparent straightaway but the Indian army men n intelligentsia would take revenge slowly through barricades, restricted movements, fake encounter killings etc.
Every constituency had more than 25 candidates contesting on an average. Money was spent like water just to make individuals file nomination papers. For a lot of dubious Kashmiris with a fantastic track record, this was a golden opportunity to make some fast moolah. I mean just file your papers n get a lot of moolah (lakhs given to nominees), just make sure your friends and relatives come out to vote for your sake..........
Elections were held in segmental garrisons and people could not move from one mohalla to the next if it was outside the prescribed garrison. The elections were conducted over a period of 3 months for a mere voting population of approx 3.8 million people.
Hundreds of pro-freedom political activists/leaders were rounded up and sent to jail thus ensuring that all opposition is smothered.
Omar Abdullah/Farooq Abdullah/Mufti Sayed etc all fought these elections with just one major slogan and i.e.
"THESE ELECTIONS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RESOLUTION OF KASHMIR, THESE ELECTIONS ARE FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE ONLY......PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THE KASHMIR ISSUE IS ALIVE AND KICKING, YOU ARE COMING OUT TO VOTE FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE"
It is amazing how politicians forget these statements when they get into power. None of India's intellectual analysts, journalists, and psephologists bothered to inquire as to why people who had only weeks ago risked everything, including bullets and shoot-on-sight orders, should have suddenly and miraculously changed their minds. None of the high-profile pundits of the great festival of Indian democracy -- who practically dwell in TV studios when there are elections in mainland India, dissecting apart every forecast and exit poll and every minuscule percentile swing in the vote count -- talked about what elections mean in the presence of such a massive, year-round troop deployment (an armed soldier for every 15 civilians).
No one speculated about the mystery of hundreds of unknown candidates who materialized out of nowhere to represent political parties that had no previous presence in the Kashmir valley.
Where had they come from? Who was financing them? No one was curious. No one spoke about the curfew, the mass arrests, the lock-down of constituencies that were going to the polls.
Not many talked about the fact that campaigning politicians went out of their way to de-link Azadi and the Kashmir dispute from elections, which they insisted were only about municipal issues -- roads, water, electricity. No one talked about why people who have lived under a military occupation for decades -- where soldiers could barge into homes and whisk away people at any time of the day or night -- might need someone to listen to them, to take up their cases, to represent them.
Bottom line: when you have the dastardly experience of WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T VOTE, THEN JUST FOR MERE SURVIVAL, YOU VOTE.........Azaadi(freedom) can wait a little longer in that case scenario....
I AM TRULY AMAZED AT HOW THE INDIAN PSEUDO-DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM, particularly the media n the academia work.
Taken from Abode of the Saints blog by Chinaar