Totally Biased

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jul 2018 10:26:23


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India has one of the best human rights records and organised extremities on any or group or deliberate atrocities in the name of religion or on the basis of cultural or economic background is rarest of rare occasions which are taken due care by the strong legal provisions.

 

Some stray and fringe elements may on certain occasions attempt such violations but in most cases, such people are taken to task promptly. This doesn’t warrant in any case a UN intervention. The Indian administrative setup is alert, equipped and competent enough to deal with rights violations under its jurisdiction.


INDIA has accused UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of exhibiting “clear bias” in his report on Kashmir and criticised Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of overstepping his mandate in his report on children in armed conflict.
India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal told the Security Council recently that Zeid’s “so-called report” was “reflecting the clear bias of an official who was acting without any mandate whatsoever and relied on unverified sources of information.”


As for Guterres, he said: “We are disappointed that the report of the Secretary-General includes situations, which do not meet the definition of an armed conflict or of a threat to the maintenance of international peace and security.” Zeid had said in his report that “there were multiple cases of children under 18 years being arbitrarily detained and tortured.” It was also mentioned that children were blinded by pellet guns used by security forces.
India said such reporting was “deliberate self-serving attempts” by Islamabad “to obfuscate the reality of their own use of terror organizations to undermine State sovereignty.”


Zeid, who ends his term as High Commissioner in December, had called in his report for an international investigation by the Human Rights Council into the situation in Kashmir. Lal dismissed the report as a “document that was not even found fit to be considered by the membership of the forum where it was submitted.”
In his criticism of Uterus’s report, Lal said he had gone beyond “the clear mandate” provided by a 2001 Security Council Resolution that set the terms for his report. Guterres’ report released last month includes criticism of the Government and also the Naxalites, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen.


India apparently took exception to the report saying that “children continued to be killed and injured in the context of operations of national security forces against armed groups.” It also said that “unverified reports” that indicate national security forces use children as “informants and spies.” It is rather harsh on India and stretching the matter too far to be acceptable or tenable to report that children are being detained, tortured and blinded by the military. This has to be a clear case of misinformation or exaggerated manipulation for vested motives.


India has one of the best human rights records and organised extremities on any individual or group or deliberate atrocities in the name of religion or on the basis of cultural or economic background is rarest of rare occasions which are taken due care by the strong legal provisions.


Some stray and fringe elements may on certain occasions attempt such violations but in most cases, such people are taken to task promptly. This doesn’t warrant in any case a UN intervention. The Indian administrative setup is alert, equipped and competent enough to deal with rights violations under its jurisdiction.


There are a hundred other countries in the world where human rights violations are glaring and the UN ideally must first take care of them before pontificating India. The UN’s allegations seem a scripted note that has been issued by Islamabad to bolster its anti-India rant. Bringing in human rights violation, especially of children, is a very emotional and sensitive ruse which is easy to play up and garner international support.


Pakistan has always tried to drag in the US, the UN or China or any other country ready to play a mediator in the Indo-Pak tension on Kashmir and played the poor fall guy to cash in on the emotionally wrought premise. India, on the other hand, has vehemently opposed any external intervention in the mutual dispute and sought autonomy and independence in sorting out the bi-lateral issue.


This new UN indictment is a refrain of the same Pakistani politics of blowing up the Kashmir issue as an international crisis. The UN’s credibility has long been under the shadow. It has been arm twisted and manipulated several times by the highhandedness of the US and European nations for their personal advantages.


That the UN could be tampered, influenced and pressured is now almost a foregone conclusion. That is why it is not prudent to take the UN’s report much seriously. That it is a report incited by Pakistan’s prompting is clear in many ways. Yes, we must admit that in a vast country like India with diverse views of a diverse population, there can be isolated incidents where human rights are not respected.
India has a porous international boundary and the interference and influence of outside elements in certain cases cannot be ruled out. Anti-social outfits like Maoists do at times recruit child soldiers to replenish their dwindling cadre base. But these don’t add up to establish an overbearing social trend of violations.


International human rights, media and transparency watchdogs constantly keep a watch on the internal happenings in India and had the situation been as serious as being painted by the UN, these independent agencies would long have raised a hue and cry over atrocities on the marginalised.


The Indian Government is keen, involved and deeply concerned of its people and their welfare and doing all that an elected civil dispensation can do in a democracy and within the legal framework of the land to propel them on the path of growth and prosperity in a peaceful and conducive environment.


There are ample yardsticks to measure that and test its veracity. The actions of the Government are open to see for everyone under the Sun. If the UN is really serious to do something to stop human rights violation, it should first control Pakistan and its maverick army which has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians on the Indian side through constant infiltration and insurgency and in violation of peace treaties and promises over the last 60 years of tension, violence and bloodshed that has kept the whole South Asia region on the boil.


Had Pakistan behaved in a civilised way and taken due action against the terror groups, Kashmir would have been a prosperous and promising place, with the chances of any rights violation naturally coming down. Whatever violation is being perceived there today is happening only because Pakistan helps keep Kashmir a perennial terror hotbed.


The reason is simple. As long as the Kashmir issue remains rife, Pakistan remains in relevance and corners some global limelight. If Kashmir is put to rest, Pakistan with its poor political culture and the minuscule economy will be lost into oblivion and insignificance. With neighbouring India growing by leaps and bounds, Pakistan cannot afford to be dwarfed by her with such complete authority.