WIDELY circulated American weekly Time, while underlining the sufferings of the people living in the part of Jammu and Kashmir State under Indian occupation, has urged New Delhi to change its evasive policies about the dispute and come forward to resolve it. As Pakistan and the genuine representatives of the local population have been trying to put across the world community that Kashmiris have to bear untold brutalities at the hands of the Indian security forces day in and day out, Time points out that these troops enjoy complete freedom in holding down the people, killing or arresting them without fear of accountability. The grim situation leads to wide-scale protests and reinforces the Kashmiris urge for freedom from Indias forcible hold. Time also brings out a most frustrating outcome of the oppressive occupation, which shows no signs of ending, that one expects should rouse the conscience of the international community, particularly those powers and leaders who never tire of pronouncing before everyone they run into and at every forum they happen to attend, that the 21st centurys singular feature is that it carries hope for all mankind. They had better correct themselves: the Kashmiris under Indian occupation, the weekly tells the world, see not a ray of hope for a better life. There is an urgent need for change of policies by these powers and leaders as well: they should stop sacrificing the subjugated peoples aspirations for freedom and democracy at the altar of their strategic interests and material gains. Pakistan, whose population has ties of kinship with the Kashmiris across the LoC and is a party to the dispute, has unsuccessfully been trying to settle the dispute for the past 60 years, urging big powers to intercede and entering into direct negotiations with the Indians. However, it is a sad fact of global power politics that India instead of being compelled to abide by its commitments under the relevant UN resolutions is glorified as the 'greatest democracy of the world, an epithet that flies in the face of its despicable role in Occupied Kashmir. The weekly equates the situation in the Indian-occupied part with that of Iraq and Afghanistan on the score of lacking peace. And that should put the world on notice about what to expect should the scenario not be radically altered to conform to the wishes of Kashmiris who are eager to themselves decide their political future. The flare-up in trouble spots elsewhere in the world should not make world powers forget about this nuclear flashpoint.