SHEER MISCHIEF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Jun 2018 11:22:42

EVEN a seven-year-old child will be able to assert that the first ever report by the United Nations on so-called violation of human rights in Kashmir is “fallacious, motivated” and full of mischief. It is more than obvious that the said report has been engineered to bring a bad name to India on human rights. It is also more than obvious that an international lobby is working overtime to malign India’s fair name on account of protection of human rights. India has pointed out rightly the factual slips in the report and has condemned the document.

Let alone the said report that some international lobby has manufactured, the whole world knows how fair India has always been on this front. In fact, what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir for the past one year, even through the holy month of Ramzan, is nothing but a well-planned attack on instruments of governance -- like Armed Forces or Police -- as hundreds of youngsters come out in the streets to pelt stones at the Government personnel. Any attempt by the Government forces to respond to stone pelting is branded as a violation of human rights. The world has seen this happen time and again in Kashmir. Against this reality, it is shocking that the UN should make out a report aimed at deliberate sullying of India’s name on a vital issue.

We condemn the UN for such a fallacious and motivated report and demand its immediate withdrawal so that India stands vindicated. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is absolutely right in pointing out errors as regards geographical locations in the said report. The usage of terms “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit-Baltistan” in the report shows that it has been written by India’s sworn enemies, since no such places are included in India. Obviously, a strong international lobby is helping Pakistan in pushing such fake reports to fore in the name of the UN.

Way back in the winter of 1995, the then Prime Minister Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao had urged the then leader of Opposition Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, who was also the PM’s personal friend, to lead the Indian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Convention in Geneva. This last-minute smart move had unnerved India’s opponents like Pakistan as Mr. Vajpayee demolished point by point the allegation that India was indulging in wanton violation of human rights in Kashmir. So powerful and intelligent was Mr. Vajpayee’s defence that it tilted the division of votes in India’s favour and left Pakistan totally isolated.

Subsequently, too, Pakistan kept trying to malign India’s image on the human rights front, but did not succeed. Initially, a few countries, including the United States, supported the Pakistani attempts, but later realised their folly. Since the beginning of 1990s, Pakistan has been trying to brand India as a perpetrator of violations of human rights in Kashmir. Each time, however, India always gave fitting response, slowly winning over many countries away from the lobby.

This historical reality must be recalled now only to assert that India has had a brilliant record on the human rights front while Pakistan’s own record is dirty. The world knows this very well. Yet, the UN has indulged in mischief by putting out a wrong and politically motivated report involving India’s fair name on a vital issue. The Government of India has denied the report immediately. But what will make the real difference is that India lodges an official protest and ensure that the report is withdrawn immediately. That alone will vindicate the Indian stand.

India should launch a Track-II diplomatic campaign to win friends at all places and make then join hands in condemning the UN report. If a world body like the United Nations indulges in this sort of cheap politics, then it requires to be condemned by one and all. If India builds such a pressure without wasting time, then it will show the world how seriously it guards its reputation. That effort will also mean chastising the United Nations.