New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) the Indian section of the Committee for a Workers’ International, has always had a socialist stand point on the Nationality Question in the valley of Kashmir, we unequivocally stand for the democratic Right of Self Determination of the Kashmiri People to decide upon the future of their Nation, with guaranteed autonomy and fullest rights to all the minorities. We stand for the Socialist Confederation of the entire sub-continent.
In what was clearly a political decision, Afzal Guru was hanged on 9th Feb at the infamous Tihar jail in Delhi for his alleged role in the 13th December, 2001 attack on the parliament. Not only was this merely an issue about the merits or de-merits of death penalty, but was a clear case of the Indian State trying to set an example out of Afzal Guru’s execution as a warning to the people of Kashmir.
While it was sickening to see the grand celebration of this unjust act by the right wing and communal elements, but what was equally despicable was the statement of Sitaram Yechury who said “I think, the law of the land with all its provisions has finally been completed as far as the Afzal Guru case and the attack on the Indian Parliament is concerned. The issue which had been lingering for the past 11 years has finally completed its due course.”
Becoming a rock-star is a dream many students and youth in India have nowadays. But for the three talented girls in Kashmir Valley, the dream will forever remain a dream. In the backdrop of the fatwa on the first Kashmiri all-girls band – Pragaash, which has hit headlines lately, the girls are today scared for their lives. Dukhataarn-e-Millat – a right wing, vigilante women’s outfit – have called for a social boycott of the band forcing all the three girls to go into hiding.
More than hundred students of the St Joseph College (Bangalore) gathered to mark their solidarity with human rights issues ranging from free Tibet to their solidarity with Sharmila Irom and all other human rights violations from across the globe. This included a long rally from the College campus to Town Hall. The authorities tried drive away the demonstrators in spite of the permissions. However the students did not give up and stood their ground in front of Town Hall for two hours in heavy rain. Activists, faculty members and students attended the rally and speeches were made by different activists and students raising their voice against human rights violations.