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Call for Convention on Azadi: The Only Way in Kashmir

The happenings in Kashmir over the past few months need no retelling. The situation has deteriorated to extreme levels with unarmed civilians, mostly young teenagers, being killed by the Indian armed forces with impunity. The toll from June 11 has reached 109, with the numbers of injured, maimed, blinded much more. Curfews, bullets, tear smoke have become a routine to suppress the peaceful democratic protests.

While many people have shown concern about the recent turn of events it is very important to contextualize the whole situation. We need to ask the question as to why people are getting killed in hundreds, injured in thousands, kept behind bars, tortured and maimed. It is important at this juncture to bring the attention towards the fact that the basic issue at hand regarding the Kashmir dispute is the Self-Determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir for which they have been steadfast and hence been the target of the repressive military machine of the Indian State. The people of Jammu Kashmir are clear about the fact that what they want is Azaadi which they have time and again defined in coherent terms of letting them decide their own future.

The latest people's resistance-which forms the part of recently launched 'Quit Jammu Kashmir Movement'-needs to be viewed as a continuity of the Resistance movement (Tehreek) which the people of Kashmir have been sustaining for over six decades. The political dispute vis-a-vis Kashmir need not be confused with the superficial measures like the removal of AFSPA, human rights violations, other draconian acts, stopping of unlawful killings, torture, enforced disappearances etc. Though all these things do exist and need to be stopped at any cost, they manifest only symptoms of a broader and deeper malaise-a militarized governance used to maintain a military occupation of the region by the Indian state, through its armed forces, numbering at least 7,00,000.

The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) is organizing a public meeting regarding the Kashmir issue titled 'Azadi: The Only Way' on Thursday, 21st of October at LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi from 2 pm - 8 pm.

We invite the civil society, democratic rights and other organizations from Kashmir, India and other parts of the world to endorse and participate in our program. The broad idea about the program has been given above with a view to let know the general concern and emphasis of the event. You can let us know your endorsement so that we can put up your name or the name of the organization in the list of supporters for our program, pamphlets, press statements.
In Solidarity,


Gurusharan Singh                                  Amit Bhattacharyya                                        SAR Geelani

President                                                  Secretary General                                            Working President


Rona Wilson

Secretary, Public Relations