Asad Ali |
The international system is anarchic and chaotic. Future of smaller states is at stake due to emerging global threats and blocks. The international community has divided into two blocks. Russia and China are leading communism while the U.S. is leading capitalist block. Both blocks are competing in technology, economy and arms race. In this situation, the role of smaller states is pivotal for major powers.
There are many challenges before the international community to address like terrorism, extremism, and poverty that need to be eliminated by these big powers immediately but unfortunately they have turned blind eyes to sort out these issues and have engaged themselves in the arms race. The international community is not focusing on human rights violations in different parts of the world especially UN has failed to solve the problems of these smaller states.
India should avoid both multilateralism and realist paradigm. The Indian approach to follow realist school of thought is causing bilateral tensions and putting regional peace at stake.
Like the killings of innocent Kashmiri, Palestinians and Rohingya Muslims are a very clear precedent of anarchy and sluggish behavior of UN and the international community. Let’s talk about Pakistan specifically, India accuses Pakistan of suppressing Baloch and Kashmiri people and claims that Pakistan has failed to address the legitimate concerns of these people. Meanwhile, Pakistan accuses India of killing innocent Kashmiri people and violating basic human rights in the valley.
Indian media is currently under the control of BJP led nationalist government and proliferating anti-peace narrative in the region, blaming neighbor for every internal matter. In recent past, a German writer Elis Davidson has written a book named “Betrayal of India” in which he clearly described that Mumbai attacks were pre-planned and was a joint strategy of India, Israel, and U.S. to put pressure on Pakistan. His stance clearly revealed the heinous intentions of this trio against Pakistan.
It is very unfortunate that international organizations like UN, EU, and OIC have seemed to fail in taking any concrete actions against these countries. International political and economic system is under the hegemony of some countries. Once again, India will try to blame Pakistan for terrorism as the anniversary of the Mumbai attack is coming. A retired Indian Lt. General Zamir-ud-Din Shah has recently described in his book “The Sarkari Musalman” that government was involved in Gujrat riots in 2002.
He writes that Gujrat government under the CM Modi could have saved more lives in those Hindu-Muslim riots but the government deliberately let that incident happen and proliferate. He asserted that when Gujrat was engulfed in flames, 3000 troops of Army landed in Gujrat and they had to wait for a day before Gujrat administration provided the transport during which period hundreds of people were killed. These revelations by a high-level official of Army are clear evidence against PM Modi for plotting attacks against Muslims in his state in 2002.
The international community is not focusing on human rights violations in different parts of the world especially UN has failed to solve the problems of these smaller states.
Even after these revelations, the international community and human rights watchdogs are silent and taking no actions against the Indian government. Justice should be equal for all. India is perusing aggressive policy and anti-Pakistan rhetoric under the government of PM Modi. Indian arms races will compel Pakistan to acquire sophisticated technology to maintain balance over power in this region because Indian intentions will create a security dilemma.
India needs to clarify its stance after the remarks by Zamir-ud-Din Shah and Elis Davidson. Pakistan has done and doing more to bring peace in the region, however, Indian steps are jeopardizing peace initiatives made by Pakistan. Many countries and international organizations such as UN, UNHRC, and members of EU parliament are also taking Indian barbaric intentions into notice. In the recent past, a British member of EU parliament Julie Ward has shared a video in which she described Indian brutalities briefly.
She has mentioned that Indian held Kashmir is the most militarized zone in the world. Julie has also shown her concerns over the use of pellet guns by Indian forces against innocent and defenseless people of Kashmir. UNHRC asked India to allow a team of UNHRC to visit Indian occupied Kashmir to investigate the use of pallets guns but the Indian government refused to allow them to visit the valley. UNHRC stated that Indian forces are committing atrocities against civilians.
India should avoid both multilateralism and realist paradigm. The Indian approach to follow realist school of thought is causing bilateral tensions and putting regional peace at stake. UN and other International Organizations need to take an aggressive stance to ask India to stop atrocities in Kashmir. Peace in South Asia is not possible without Indian cooperation. Peaceful and conflict-free Kashmir would guarantee bilateral peace and eventually regional stability in the future.
Asad Ali is a freelance Journalist. He is doing his M.Phil in International Relations from Quaid Azam University Islamabad. His area of interest is Political and International Issue. The views expressed in this article are authors own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.