I have no interest in wasting my time talking about Israel or its media control had it not been something related to Kashmir. What got me started on this topic is the fact that how different the reaction of a truly representative government of Kashmir would have been, had we been an independent country. For starters let me place the most obvious hypothetical question; would we have diplomatic relations with Israel? let alone would the chief of Israel's army ever dream of stepping on Kashmir soil? the common basis for these is India's insensitivity to the wishes of Kashmiris.
India would want Kashmiris to believe that they are as much part of the Indian union as any other state. That the wishes of Kashmiris are as much respected as any other Indian. The facts prove this to be just a white wash, and no where is their blatant colonial attitude more obvious than India's cozying up to Israel. Israel is an emotional issue not only for all the muslims of the world, but for all those people who value human dignity and freedom. Had Kashmir had any say in the Indian union, India would not transform into Israel's largest arms buyer - most of these arms end up in Kashmir to be used against Kashmiris.
If the current government has an iota of respect for the wishes of the Kashmiri people, or even the tiniest sense of solidarity with the Palestinians, it would pass a resolution in the Kashmir Assembly barring all Israeli nationals (tourist or otherwise) from entering Kashmir and prohibiting any Israeli made products to end up in Kashmir. This is what an independent Kashmir would have done. This reflects the wishes of the people of Kashmir. And although this will not in any way alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians, who have as of now lost more than 950 innocent people since the beginning of the terror campaign by Israel, this motion by the Kashmiris will be a symbolic show of support for our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Although there is a next to nil chance of it happening, given the pro-Israeli stance of the Indian government and by extension of the current Kashmir government, and given the fact that there has not been a single utterance of condemnation for the Israeli actions either by the Indian government or the current Kashmir government here.
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2. "India is Israel’s largest arms export market in the world. Sales in 2006 were $1.5 billion.." (The Brookings Institution)3. Commentary by Indian Hawks in US about Indo-Israel relationship (Harvard University)