There’s No India Without Kashmir And No Kashmir Without India, Says Sunanda Vashisht In US Congressional Hearing
In a US Congressional hearing organized by Tom Lantos of the HR Commission, the columnist said that India has defeated the insurgencies of Punjab and the Northeast, successfully, in the past, and now it’s time to do the same in case of Kashmir as well. She also added that even before the West was introduced to the radical Islamic terror, terrorists trained by Pakistan had caused “ISIS level of horror and brutality” in the valley.
The hearing, which was the second in the last three weeks, in Washington, on Thursday, November 14, 2019, was regarding human rights.
In her speech, Ms. Vashisht said that international cooperation will be really helpful in India’s fight against terror, and also for solving the problem of human rights.
Regarding the Indian government’s step for abrogating the special status of the valley, she said, "India is not just a 70-year-old identity, but a 5000-year-old civilisation. There is no India without Kashmir, and no Kashmir without India".
She also raised questions against those world leaders, who were silent during the atrocities on 400,000 Kashmiri Hindus in the 1990s; they were driven out of the valley, as the terrorists were targeting the region at that time.
"Where were the advocates of human rights when my rights were taken away?” she asked.
Aarti Tikoo Singh, who spoke in October’s Congressional hearing, praised Ms. Vashisht for her speech on Thursday at Tom Lantos HR Commission hearing.
I was a disaster at the US Congressional hearing on Kashmir last month. But @sunandavashisht was just absolutely brilliant at Tom Lantos HR Commission hearing today. Do listen to her testimony as a Kashmiri Pandit who spoke truth to power. She is phenomenal. Take a bow. 👍🙏
Kashmir has been under huge restrictions since the removal of Article 370 and Article 35A on August 5, 2019, and now there are two new, separate union territories, namely, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
There has also been detention of political leaders in the valley and several US lawmakers have called for their release, expressing their concern for the people in Kashmir, and the situation that's prevailed over the last few months.