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Kashmir debate – respect our democracy!

We mostly address national matters of public interest but sometimes a local situation deserves exposure to exemplify a big picture. Kashmir is one of these issues.
Kashmir is a legacy of the British Empire and a longstanding divide line between India and Pakistan relationships, needing a harmonious and sensitive approach by the global community to resolve the matter.
The ongoing and recent Indian Army actions in the Indian held Kashmir, causing enormous death and destruction, have raised serious concerns in Britain that has significant Kashmiri population. (hover over the play button to play video)


In view of the seriousness of the situation, on 19 January 2017 MPs debated and agreed a motion on Kashmir led by the Conservative MP Mr David Nuttall.
Following motion was carried by a huge majority - two against were Bob Blackman and Virendra Sharma, well known for using emotions for votes.
"That this House notes the escalation in violence and breaches of international human rights on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kashmir; calls on the Government to raise the matter at the United Nations; and further calls on the Government to encourage Pakistan and India to commence peace negotiations to establish a long term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions."
The success of the motion  was despite ongoing exotic lobbying by the Indian held Kashmir activists in the UK who keep bringing Indian extremism to a culturally diverse Britain, not caring about communal relations.
What flows from this adverse situation are our concerns regarding the apparent disrespect for the British political process, more loyalty to Indian politics than the British interests, mischievously bringing in Indian context while using British political platform, and the lack of Tory party sensitivity in selecting and nurturing divisive candidates.
For example, we read with concern a page by the Harrow East MP Blackman's assistant, interestingly selected as a candidate to contest from the Harrow’s Queensbury ward (a happy Indian & Pakistani mix) at the council election in 2018.
The assistant Lakshmi Kaul, an Indian occupied Kashmir activist, lives outside Harrow and her so called local employment is only her assistance to Mr Blackman, partly from his hired office located at the Harrow East Conservative Association’s head office building.
About the democratic vote at the Commons debate on Kashmir, she tries to mobilise opinion and writes: “It was a mockery of democracy especially because all the MPs representing the Pakistani and Pakistan Occupied Jammu Kashmiri population were speaking almost off a common hymn sheet. Each spoke animatedly about the cruel use of pellet guns on ‘innocent civilians’ and how dictatorial the Indian government under Prime Minister Modi is”.
She then provokes Indian nationalistic feelings by asking: “where were these same people who claim to be proud Indians when their motherland was being insulted in the UK Parliament by utter twisting and partial representation of facts?”
Several sensible and non divisive Indian-origin UK MPs didn’t bother to turn up for impressing Indian background voters.
Lakshmi Kaul’s article, supposedly about the Kashmir debate, is full of toxicity about Pakistan, one of our friendly allies.
For example, she said, “It is important to not forget that the fundamental reason for the situation in Kashmir is the cross-border terrorism sponsored by Pakistan” (this is not the government nor Tory party position).
But then this is not new:

We can understand Mr Blackman keeping his assistant happy but such divisive characters around him only reinforces the impression of his divisiveness.27/1/2017

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