THE QUESTIONABLE REMARKS…?

What could be more dangerous than the worst human rights violators making it to the world body and raking up the so called human rights issue against the world’s largest democracy India that has a proven track record of having a vibrant institutionalized system which leaves the least scope for the human rights violation at the hands of private parties or even at the hands of the state. As if all this was not enough that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet made most irresponsible remarks criticizing India for the alleged “Pressure on journalists, use of UAPA and “frequent” temporary communication blackouts in Jammu and Kashmir” and further stating “The use of UAPA in India is worrying as hundreds of people remain in detention.” This is not something new for India as it continues to witness unnecessary spars with Pakistan over Kashmir and human rights violations at the UN and its allied bodies as well as at the other fora. These spars result every time after Pakistan unnecessarily raises the issue of human rights just to justify its terror-related agenda against the world’s largest democracy. Moreover, the NGOs and civil society organizations, seemingly sponsored by none other than India’s neighbour Pakistan have now been joined by the Dragon that has suddenly become proactive in bleeding India by resorting to provocative and unacceptable actions. There is a long list of so called human rights activists both individuals as well as the groups including the Association for the Protection of Women and Children’s Rights; Commission Africaine des Promoteurs de la Sante et des Droits de l’Homme; Liberation; Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee; Centre for Organization Research and Education, Tamil Uzhagam and ironically even the Amnesty International that leave no stone unturned in painting India as the worst human rights violator. Now it seems that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet feels more comfortable to be part of the aforesaid mischievous group by virtually becoming their mouthpiece. As per the past experience the allegations leveled by such organizations are mostly focussed on human rights violations in Kashmir and the Muslim population across India accusing it of fomenting religious intolerance, etc. While it stands proved that all the aforesaid organizations receive full overt or covert support of the Pakistan, its Army and ISI, the allegations levelled by them have always been rubbished by India at every forum. Every time Pakistan or these NGOs raked up issues against India, both got dwarfed in the International affairs with each passing day. Today the whole world is aware of the facts and acknowledges that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India and will always remain so despite Pakistan using terrorism as a state policy for territorial acquisition. It is known to one and all that the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir is the direct result of sustained cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. The restraint displayed by Indian security forces under these difficult circumstances that has resulted in the high number of casualties sustained by Indian security forces itself speaks about the high regard for human rights by the Indian establishment. The world acknowledges that India has a robust institutional framework to ensure adherence to the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights of the people in India including Kashmir. On the contrary, it is the people of Pakistan as well as Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Sindh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Baluchistan who have become victims of sectarian conflict, terrorism and severe economic hardship due to Pakistan’s authoritarian and discriminatory policies in complete disregard of human rights. Therefore it is high time for nations inimical to the world’s largest democracy to realize the might of India and stop dreaming about disintegrating it in the garb of Human Rights violation. At the same time the United Nations High Commissioner needs to be educated about the definition and contours of Human Rights in relation to the ground realities so that there is no scope for unnecessary meddling into the internal affairs of a nation to sustain its sovereignty. It is hoped that Michelle Bachelet realizes that any shortcomings in upholding human rights must be addressed in a transparent and impartial manner, anchored in respect for national sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs of States failing which such statements will only encourage the anti- national elements to pace up their agenda if disintegrating the nations besides promoting bloodshed and mayhem. The earlier she realizes the better it would be in the interest of global peace.