It has always surprised me how those conscious of injustice in the Middle East or Africa are remarkably silent when it comes to the question of Indian occupation of Kashmir. I do not know of any flortilla of ships headed for India in order to support efforts of those who suffer the brutality of being occupied by Indian forces. Arundhati Roy, a Booker prize winning author is now facing the prospect of being tried for sedition because she has raised her voice in support of Muslims oppressed in Kashmir. “I spoke about justice for the people of Kashmir who live under one of the most brutal occupations in the world.” She rejected arguments by the government of India that her goal is to break up the nation by having them end their occupation of Kashmir. Her words come “from not wanting people to be killed, raped, imprisoned or have their finger nails pulled out in order for them to say they are Indians.”
It would be wonderful if those seeking to defend rights of Muslims in Gaza assumed responsibility for working to defend the rights of Muslims in Kashmir.