Hurriyat Conference (m) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said the decision to commend and honor the Indian army officer for forcibly tying a Kashmir civilian to his jeep, to use him as a human shield and parading him through villages for hours, with no regard for him as a human being, shows that Indian government as well as its institutions that operate here, have internalized the “occupational mindset” towards the people of Kashmir, who they see and treat as their serfs and hence have no compunctions in endorsing rather commending and justifying such abhor-able inhuman behavior.
Mirwaiz said that today such “fascist” mindset is increasingly on display in India especially in dealing with the people of Kashmir and minorities in the name of nationalism. And the jingoistic Indian media is fanning its flames.
He said, “When arrogance of power and might corrupts the distinction between right and wrong, human and in human, is lost and all becomes “fair in war” especially in a grossly unequal war between combatants and unarmed civilians who are at their mercy.”
Mirwaiz said such decisions also expose the much flaunted democratic credentials of Indian state globally. “And reassure us about the justness and fairness of our struggle against an oppressor by standing up to his oppression and indignity for asserting our basic right to realize our will and aspirations as granted to humans being world over.”