The venue of any international group or organisation holds a lot of meaning- just the choice of location brings with it a lot of diplomatic impact. This is why India’s recent manoeuvre to try to convince the G-20 countries to hold next year’s summit in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) is a deliberate but dirty trick- and the G-20 bloc must reject it if it wants to maintain credibility.
IIOJK, by all international laws, treaties and opinions, is not India’s land, despite any desperate attempts by the Indian parliament to pretend so. It is a disputed region, as evidenced by the strong dissent of its residents to the Indian administration, and the oppressive dictatorial tactics the Indian state has to exercise over the people. India’s idea to host the G-20 summit in IIOJK, instead of any of the other regions in the vast Indian subcontinent, shows the bad faith of the Indian government, of trying to impose control and occupation over the region through such sly tactics rather than going the proper legal way of finding out the true will of the people through plebiscites, treaties and honest dialogue.
The intent is not to bring prosperity to the region-if that had been the case, the Indian state would not have imposed bans and restrictions on the area’s internet or banned several schools and educational institutions. It is to force legitimacy through settler colonialism on a disputed area, in parallels to how Israel tramples on Palestine.
China has criticised India’s action. The rest of the G-20 countries must also strongly object to any such Indian offer. The G-20 is a premier forum for international economic cooperation- it cannot let itself get involved unnecessarily in or enable an illegal occupation. As a matter of principle, especially in light of the degree of all of the oppression, the international community must resist this decision much like China.