Kashmir was never an integral part of India
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Even Indian government has accepted that in the UN. In 1947 we were told that India had become a sovereign nation, sovereign democracy but soon Indian military intervened. In Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Goa, Hyderabad, Junagarh and Punjab India always fought with the minorities. This is the history of India. This is a historic meeting today in the heart of the capital of a hollow super power. Midnight of 1947 the country’s imagination was fired by the spirit of independence. British drew the map and now the Indian govt is behaving like a colonizing power.
The elite accuse Naxalites of staging a protracted war. The govt relentlessly fights its own people for waging a war as in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Goa, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Punjab, Kashmir always the minorities be it Muslims, Sikh, Christians, Tribal, Dalit, or Adivasis. One can imagine how to breathe through the barrel of AK-47. We are a slave economy which today is growing. This process has made 80% of this country’s people live with Rs 20 a day. Is this the idea of justice? We are not aligned with all the struggle in the street it is idea for justice.
This is a part of transcript of Arundhati’s speech on 21 October2010 in Kashmir.