Friday, August 16, 2019

Kashmir, Business, Religion and Diplomacy

Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India’s government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the internet. The decision by Modi’s Hindu nationalist government carries religious overtones for Muslim residents of the Indian-administered Kashmir.
This muted response is underpinned by more than $100 billion in annual trade with India that makes it one of the Arabian Peninsula’s most prized economic partners.
Saudi Arabia merely urged restraint and expressed concern over the brewing crisis. The brief Saudi statement on Kashmir made no direct reference to the military curfew or the communication blackout in the disputed territory. It said the kingdom “is following up on the current situation” and called for a “peaceful settlement” in line with international resolutions.  Saudi oil exports to India dominated $27.5 billion in bilateral trade last year.  India announced one of the biggest ever foreign investments in the country — a $15 billion purchase by Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Aramco in India’s Reliance oil and chemicals business. Beyond that, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed $100 billion of Saudi investments in India by 2021.

Other Gulf countries — Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman — do not appear to have issued any statements. 

The United Arab Emirates has gone a step further by apparently siding with India, calling the decision to downgrade Kashmir’s status an internal matter. Bilateral trade surpassed $50 billion in 2018, making India the UAE’s second-largest trade partner. Indian investments in the UAE amount to $55 billion and Indians are the largest foreign investors in Dubai’s real estate market.  DP World, Dubai’s global port operator, has plans to develop a logistics hub in Indian-controlled Kashmir. 
UAE’s ambassador to India, Ahmed al-Banna, was quoted as saying the changes in Kashmir “would improve social justice and security...and further stability and peace.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has reached out to leaders in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in recent days to discuss India’s actions in Kashmir, but it’s unclear whether he would find Arab backing if he took his concerns to the United Nations Security Council. 

Gulf Arab countries may also be wary of supporting Kashmiri rights because it centers on “people’s right to their own freedoms,” said Hafsa Kanjwal, a Kashmiri American assistant professor of South Asian history at Lafayette College. “Kashmir is linked to movements for self-determination and people’s rights and democracy, which these Gulf countries, and Israel, are very much against and very much wary of,”
Bahrain, rocked in recent years by Arab Spring protests, reported that a number of people were arrested after South Asian residents held a protest there in support of Kashmir and against India after Sunday’s Muslim prayers for the Eid al-Adha holiday.


samir sardana said...

What about the Kashmir Genocide ?

The Ruling political dispensation of India (Hindoosthan) is a front of the RSS (a quasi wanna be Nazi party).The RSS in its documented history and intellectual posits has admired and co-opted and co-owned Hitler - not merely as a Role Model - but as a Kalki Avatar - or an Avatar of Vishnoo - the Hindoo God !

The SS part of the RSS is a lift from the Nazi SS and the "R" stands for "Rats"

The RSS is infested by the vermins of the Brahmin/Bania/Kayastha triad - which represent the priestly and trading classes of Hindoosthan who never fought a war for their nation - but incited the same and also carried out the largest unknown genocide in History - that of the Buddhists

The Bhagwad Gita JUSTIFIES genocide, w/o remorse,guilt and WITH DIVINE SANCTION.The Indian Military and Para Military,is a race of criminal mercenaries called Kshatriyas - who were the offspring of rapes by the Huns,Mongols,Sakas, Scythians,Persians, Parthinians,Greeks 1500-2000 years ago.They were discarded by their races and interbred and were treated as outcastes for centuries - until the Brahmins co-opted them as criminal mass murderers (around 1000 years ago) - and who are now in Kashmir !

Nazis are on record JUSTIFYING their actions based on the thesis of the Bhagwad Gita explained in this note.

History Records that the Nazis were ALSO inspired by the Gita, per se

Why the “Nazis and Hitler and Himmler”, love the Gita

“Dindoo Hindoo Bindoo Gandoos” consider “Hitler to be a Vishnoo Avatar”

When Krishna the Bhagvat was fed up rying to explain to “Arjuna the – why he “needed to exterminate his foes” – this was the “last attempt” in the 18th Chapter of the Gita – the logic is as under :

Lumen Naturale 1 – There are “5 precedents to sense-perception and action”

मूल श्लोकः
शरीरवाङ्मनोभिर्यत्कर्म प्रारभते नरः।
न्याय्यं वा विपरीतं वा पञ्चैते तस्य हेतवः।।18.15।।

18.14 The locus as also the agent, the different kinds of organs, the many and distinct activities, and, the “divine is here the fifth”.

Lumen Naturale 2 – There “5 are causes of all action” and are “independent of the mind and body dualism” of Descartes and “also the Soul “!

मूल श्लोकः
यस्य नाहंकृतो भावो बुद्धिर्यस्य न लिप्यते।
हत्वापि स इमाँल्लोकान्न हन्ति न निबध्यते।।18.17।।

18.15 For whatever action a man undertakes by his body, speech and mind, whether right or wrong,i.e., enjoined or forbidden by the Sastras, “the following five”, are its causes:

Lumen Naturale 3 – Hence,you can “kill,murder and rape” – provided it is done with “no ego and no feelings “- for it is the “Act of the Divine” ! Just like the Nazis ! “Heil Krishna,the Bhagwat “!

मूल श्लोकः
अधिष्ठानं तथा कर्ता करणं च पृथग्विधम्।
विविधाश्च पृथक्चेष्टा दैवं चैवात्र पञ्चमम्।।18.14।।

18.17 He who has not the “feeling of egoism”, whose intellect is not tainted, he does not kill, nor does he become bound-“even by killing these creatures” !

ajohnstone said...

This blog is always reticent about making general comparisons especially equating contemporary political movements with Nazism.

It also acknowledges that religious motivation is often mere camouflage for mundane objectives.

The blog may sympathise with those victims of oppression but the blog does not necessarily agree with what the oppressed think is a solution to their problems.

Just as new state for Palestinians will not help in the long run, a sovereign Kashmiri state would not solve the exploitation of our fellow-workers in Kashmir.