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Atrocities Against Muslims in India: The Lessons for Afghanistan

Atrocities Against Muslims by India: Lessons for Afghanistan

Afghanistan, being an Islamic republic, has an overwhelming majority of Muslim population. It is a nation with deep roots in Islamic civilizations that thrived in Khurasan, Persia and the Indian Subcontinent. Its people, therefore, have deep cultural origins in Islamic practices, and Afghans around the world are deeply committed to Islam and Muslims. If people witness some form of violence or even prejudice against Muslims, the emotions and thoughts of the people of Afghanistan are hurt.
Recently, the people of Afghanistan have been hurt deeply by the Indian policies of discrimination against Muslims. Indian discrimination against Kashmir left no room to contradict the view that an incentive to subjugate Muslims in accordance with the Hindutva ideology is being pursued with full vigor. Kashmir’s autonomous status was revoked in August 2019 and immediately followed by military occupation of the region by the Modi government. Thus, the activities of the common people were restricted and the rights to protest were violated; several thousand protesters were arrested, some were killed and many severally injured, and the international monitors of human rights were refused permission to enter the region. Curfew was imposed in Kashmir, which lingers even now, obliterating people to carryout their day to day activities or to protest democratically for their rights.
India’s intention, as put forward by some Indian intellectuals themselves, are not for better governance rather for other ulterior motives; as Arundathi Roy wrote in NY Times:
“The dissolution of the legal entity of the state (Kashmir) also means the dissolution of Article 35A, which granted residents rights and privileges that made them stewards of their own territory. So, ‘being open for business,’ it must be clarified, can also include Israeli-style settlements… For Kashmiris, in particular, this has been an old, primal fear. Their recurring nightmare (an inversion of the one being peddled by Donald Trump) of being swept away by a tidal wave of triumphant Indians wanting a little home in their sylvan valley could easily come true.”
What happened in Kashmir influenced the people of Afghanistan to a great extent. They could see that another Palestine was being created. They could witness the clear violation of the rights of Muslims in Kashmir and could sense the Indian plan to deprive the Kashmiri Muslims of their land and security. However, the weak government in Afghanistan that does not have the courage to stand against the Indian atrocities, did not react as it had to. And, not doing so has left them with few options as India has continued its policy of discrimination of the Muslims.
In India, the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) further unveiled Indian authorities’ attempts to subdue Muslims. Under the Act, which is now a law, India is clearly a republic for Hindus, while it only provides sanctuary for others, particularly, Muslims. This law has exposed the true intentions of Modi government and his Hindutva ideology, which has no tolerance for Muslims, and is ready to adopt any measure, including violence to subjugate them.
Afghan ambassador to India, Tahir Qadiry, during the process of CAA approval, criticized the step. He said in a statement, “In the last few years, since the fall of the Taliban, our government has been respecting minorities like Sikhs. They have seats in both houses of parliament and are represented at the Presidential Palace.” He, through a veiled mention, suggested that this has not been the case in India, as Muslim minorities are being discriminated through CAA. However, the government, unfortunately, could not take a bolder step to show its dissatisfaction over the move.
Meanwhile, the Indian government’s response to the protestors who have spoken out against the CAA provided further evidence that the Modi regime is prepared to crush any sort of protest for the sake of Hindutva, notably from Muslims. It is likely to shift the friendly tone of the Afghan people and government towards India.
Analysis and research indicate that it has been a while since planned discrimination is taking place against Muslims in India. For example, Reserve Bank of India granted a visa for the long-term buy-out of all immovable properties in India to minorities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan in March 2018, but Muslims from the above-mentioned countries were excluded. Isn’t it a clear violation of rights of people based on religious discrimination?
Moreover in early 2019, India’s external affairs ministry made an announcement that minorities from the above three countries could pay only ₹100 for their visas after an overstay of up to 90 days, ₹200 for more than 91 days, and around ₹500 for more than two years. Whereas, the Muslims from the three countries had to pay around ₹300 for up to 90 days, ₹400 for more than 90 days and ₹500 for more than two years.
Such explicitly discriminatory policies against Muslims are bound to change Afghanistan’s stance and position on India. In light of the above mentioned policies, there is no hindrance for Afghan people and Afghan authorities to see the complete picture of what India plans to do. Even at the cultural and historical levels, India has launched a war against the Muslims, which have been exposed through the intentions to humiliate the historical figures in Afghanistan such as Ahmad Shah Abdali, through Bollywood movies. Moreover, the Indian government has supported violence against Muslim celebrations like Eid-ul-Azha. Thus, Afghanistan must comprehend the real intentions of the Modi government, and must revise its relations and perceptions in the same light. The government, based on Hindutva, will never ever have relations with Muslims based on goodwill and positive intentions.
(Sahar News)

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