1990, planned and organized secessionist-terrorism has brutalized Kashmir,
the valley of peace and exquisite beauty. Systematic efforts have been
made to destroy its syncretic culture, traditions, and heritage, by an
orgy of mindless violence fueled by religious fanaticism and extremism,
aided and abetted from across India's borders.
Terrorism has taken
the lives of more than 2000 innocent men, women and children; the terrorists
have indulged wantonly in abduction, rape, murder, arson, extortion and
looting. Government officials, political leaders and workers, members of
judiciary, print and electronic presspersons, and prominent citizens have
been threatened, attacked and killed. Religious "codes of conduct" have
been imposed on common people, and there has been large scale destruction
of public and private property including over 400 secular state schools.
More than 350,000 people of the minority community have had to flee their
homes in the valley and today live as refugees in other parts of their
own state and country. This is the "accomplishment" of the secessionists
proxy-war in Kashmir.
The illustrations in
the following pages give a glimpse of this unfortunate chapter of violence
and destruction in the modern history of Kashmir. It is this calculated
and ruthless attack on the innocent, all in the name of an illusionary
"independence," that is the ultimate negation of the human rights of any