’36 separatist movements negates Indian claim of being world’s biggest democracy’


ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a book launching ceremony on Thursday said that there are more than 36 separatist movements in India, including 22 large-scale movements, which point towards the fact that the Indian claim of being the world’s biggest democracy is hollow at best as its policies are controlled by Hindu extremist factions like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

They expressed these views during the launching ceremony of Tariq Ismail Sagar’s book, titled “Separatist Movements in India”, which was organised by the MUSLIM Institute.

Nawab of Junagadh Nawab Jahangir Khanji, Tariq Ismail Sagar, MUSLIM Institute Chairman Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, Brigadier Asif Haroon Raja, former president of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce Zafar Bakhtawari and others were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, they said that it was an excellent academic effort to discuss the ground realities about separatist movements in India. Sagar’s book was based on research and shone a light on separatist movements in the neighbouring country. This area is often ignored while analysing the political and economic conditions of India. The book is a good addition to Urdu literature and would be very beneficial for researchers, students and common readers.

There were more than 36 separatist movements in India, including 22 large-scale movements continuing to this day. Religious discrimination and dominance of Hindu extremists was the basic reason behind such separatist movements in India, especially racial discrimination by Hindus against all other ethnicities.

There were severe human rights violations committed by the Indian security forces in order to suppress the voice of people affiliated with separatist movements. Still, Indian forces have failed to suppress these movements which had exposed the claims of India as being the world’s biggest democracy.

India tries to hide behind the slogan of secularism but the truth cannot be suppressed for long. Hindu extremists were also involved in the killing of innocent minorities and Hindu extremists were also placing videos of such brutality on the social media. Speakers further observed that despite its separatist movements, India was involved in destabilising the regional countries and almost all of its neighboring countries were the victims of its terror-sponsored activities.

Pakistan and Afghanistan were also facing problems due to Indian interference. Before blaming Pakistan for creating terrorism, Indian politicians should look into their own affairs.