Indian author Arundhati Roy has claimed that Pakistan has never used army against its own people, raising dismay in social media.
In a video, she claims that since India’s birth, the country has been waging war on indigenous people in Kashmir and the state of Telangana, Shikhs in Punjab, Christians in Goa and Muslims in Kashmir and Hyderabad.
“India deployed its military against its own people,” she said, adding: “The state of Pakistan has never deployed its army against its own people the way the democratic Indian state has.”
Moreover, after the video spread online, the Booker-prize winning novelist faced censure of the social media users of India, as the hashtag #ArundhatiRoy trended on Twitter, reports Gulf News.
The War of 1971
Canadian journalist Tarek Fatah, recognized as a strong critic of Pakistan and its military, wrote on twitter: “[She] claims Pakistan has never deployed its military against its own people. Was she blind and deaf when 3 million died in the Bangladesh genocide by Pak Army in 1971? Is she unaware of Balochistan?”
‘No double standards’
A few Pakistani nationals also disapproved of Arundhati Roy’s remarks, saying that they appreciate “no double standards” when assessing the history of their nation.
Notably, Pakistani lawyer and writer, Ayesha Ijaz Khan, @ayeshaijazkhan, tweeted: “I respect Arundhati Roy immensely for mincing no words in her criticism of the Indian state and its human rights violations. And I also respect Pakistani voices who are critical of human rights violations carried out by the Pakistani state. I don’t have double standards.”
The Kashmir conflict
The Kashmir conflict is a territorial conflict primarily between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region, ruled in part but claimed in full by both countries, which have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over it.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and statehood, creating two federal territories on August 5.
Furthermore, the order revoked Article 370 of India’s constitution, which gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters except for defense, communications and foreign affairs.
In brief, the article also forbid Indians outside the state from permanently settling, buying land, holding local government jobs and securing educational scholarships.