Bassam Javed In all the volatile situations that India faces today, be it Maoists, insurgency in the northeast and elsewhere, homegrown saffron terror, or the uprising in Kashmir, it has historically tried to emulate either the United States or Israel. It tries to emulate the United States in the context of diplomatic overtures in dealing with its neighbours, while it imitates Israel when dealing with the uprisings in Kashmir. Nowhere has it depicted its own tinge, despite being an ancient society, possessing religious books like Arth Shastra, and the statecraft tips of Chanakya. It is well known that both the US and Israel firmly believe in the use of brutal and limitless military force to diffuse any situation or dominate any country that they consider is a security threat. But the question is, at what cost? Indeed, they are hated and looked upon as savages without any regard to human lives and values. Keeping this in mind, the repeated resurges of unrest result from the Indian intransigence on accepting the reality on ground in Kashmir that the latter terminally needs a political solution, rather than the use of brutal military force. Guns no more silence foreign subjugations, as has been repeatedly shown in the Palestinian struggle against the Israelis, Kashmiris against the Indian repression and Afghanis against the US and its allied forces. India has pitched a hefty seven million security forces against a mere four million Kashmiris, yet has failed to subjugate the honourable Kashmiris. In this backdrop, the current struggle is remarkably courageous as it is being spearheaded by mature and well educated Kashmiri youth, including boys and girls. It is totally indigenous and it is indeed self-sustaining as the present behaviour of the struggle indicates a different strategy. The arms once used in the struggle of early nineties have been replaced with stones and sticks and loud chants of Azadi slogans. According to the available statistics in all the episodes of human rights violations in the Indian Held Kashmir from 1989 onwards till June 30 this year, the number of total killings have topped a staggering figure of 93,173, while the number of houses and shops destroyed during the same period stand at 105, 841. The total number of Kashmiri children orphaned figured out to be 107,326. Of the Kashmiri women, 9,906 were molested, whereas a total of 22, 719 were widowed. The London based human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has urged the Indian government to allow UNs special representatives to visit Occupied Kashmir for making a spot study of the cases of fake encounters and extra-judicial killings in the territory. The organisation also urged the Government of India to ensure that all persons suspected of involvement in Machel killings, including the Indian army troopers and officers irrespective of their ranks, are brought to justice in accordance with the international standards of fairness. It also urged Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to fulfil his promise of zero tolerance to human rights violations in the occupied territory by the Indian army. The fact that the current wave of resistance has surged because the people of Kashmir, today, are more aware of their rights. That the dispute that has kept their identity hostage to the Indian intransigence and global insensitivity towards their sufferings and right of self-determination. Despite savagery of state repression at its peak, including curfews, mass arrests and indiscriminate firing on unarmed Kashmiris, the intensity in these protests has shown no let-up. During a recent moot in New Delhi, Indian experts and high ranking officials have acknowledged the authentic nature of the uprising in Kashmir. They have minced no words in expressing their dismay over the Indian establishment and the media for having blamed Pakistan and militant groups of sponsoring violent acts in India. It also recommended the removal of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to pave the way for constructive talks with the moderate separatists. The inability of the United Nations to have its resolutions implemented by the Government of Indian in the IHK has not only kept the South Asian region in turmoil, but has also enabled the region to sow the seeds of hatred, intolerance and violence. Meanwhile, there is no indication that the organisation will act in this regard in the near future. At the same time, the US has cared least to solve the issue for two reasons. First, that at some point of time it can be utilised for furthering its reach and strategic posturing. Second, if it gets the dispute resolved it will loose its importance. The international community, too, will not come to fore, as it risks the share of the pie that the Indian economy offers them. For all of them, the Kashmir issue is simply best rested in the cold storage. So the onus for solving the Kashmir dispute lies with India, Pakistan and the leadership in Kashmir. There is an urgent need that India adopts a clear approach to the dispute and effectively engages the Kashmiri leadership along with Pakistan. Such a modus operandi would certainly provide a golden opportunity to the leaders to work out solutions that would eventually be accepted by all the concerned parties. In this process, peace will get a chance to flourish and bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan will also have a chance to prosper. India has to realise that the Kashmir issue is essentially linked to good neighbourly relations between the two countries. For India, attributing alienation and unrest in Kashmir to the machinations of Pakistan works no more. The writer is a freelance columnist.