Since Sunday 4 August at night, Indian Kashmir is paralyzed. Under a curfew imposed, its inhabitants are cut off from the world. There is no internet, no phone, no sources of information. Top leaders of local political parties have been placed in detention in the state's state capital, Srinagar. Schools are closed, gatherings forbidden. The few travelers who have left Srinagar in the past 72 hours have been subjected to an extremely strict curfew, empty streets, paramilitary forces and a sense of fear. The Muslim-majority Himalayan province, which is one of the most militarized areas in the world, is wholly in the hands of the security forces, at the initiative of the prime minister's Hindu nationalist government. , Narendra Modi. A protester died in the area after being chased by police, AFP reported on Wednesday 7 August, a local police source.
Kashmir, blessed, did not have a say when its future came, on Monday August 5, 800 kilometers further south, in New Delhi, in the Chamber of the Indian Parliament. Amit Shah, Minister of the Interior, announced the renunciation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which guaranteed an exceptional autonomy in Indian Kashmir, the state of Jammu and -Cashmire, 13 million inhabitants. In the aftermath, the region lost its federated state status and will be split in two "Territories of the Union"administered directly by the central government. A brutal blow to the historical aspirations of Indian Kashmir.
"Taking millions of people hostage was not the best way to pass this decision.", is unworthy Charlotte Nadroo, a Frenchwoman whose husband, Kashmiri, is in Srinagar. As the authorities began to tighten their ground on the valley a few days earlier. Non-Kashmiri tourists and visitors were summoned to escape the region. Nearly 40,000 law enforcement personnel have been positioned as reinforcements in this region, already squared by thousands of soldiers who are trying to to repress a separatist insurrection. Safe deployment is unprecedented. Â € œThe curfew is a precautionary measure, it has been installed so that the situation does not deteriorateâ €justified Mr. Shah.
"There will be deaths"
The rare testimonials of inhabitants of the valley are worrying. On the social networks, Muzamil Jaleel, a journalist of theIndian Express, reported on his vision of Kashmir on his return to Delhi. "Srinagar is a city of soldiers and barbed wire. I moved with a lot of difficulties. I do not have any information outside the neighborhood where I was. However, I heard that there were demonstrations in the old town of Baramulla. All the people I met were shocked. He reigns like a strange torpor. We have heard of two dead protesters, but there is no way to confirm it. Kashmir has become invisible, even inside Kashmir. AT"
"Kashmir has become invisible, even inside Kashmir"
The Kashmir community scattered throughout India is worried about his loved ones. "I spoke to my mother and sister for the last time on Sunday night, says Danish Qazi, a Kashmiri student from Delhi. We are accustomed to living in a state of siege, but never had such paralysis taken place. AT" His calm voice hides his anger. "We have never wanted to be part of India and New Delhi's strategy is to silence us. AT"
Authorities do not seem ready to relieve pressure in the immediate future. Asked by the press, Nirmal Singh, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party of Mr. Modi, declared that the politicians held would be released. "In a few days, when the situation normalizes". Danish Qazi, the student, predicts, as for him, a conflagration: "As soon as the curfew is lifted and people discover the situation, they will go down the streets. This is going to be huge. There will be deaths. AT" He plans to return to his village as soon as possible. "For if there are incidents in Kashmir, the Indians here will turn against us and attack us. I do not feel safe. I do not have faith in India. AT"
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to address the nation on Wednesday August 7th. But his speech was rejected due to the death of former Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, one of the BJP figures. Reaching a kidney disease, Sushma Swaraj had held her post since the election of Mr. Modi in 2014 until May, when she was replaced by Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. His last message on Twitter, three hours before his death from a cardiac arrest, was to congratulate the prime minister, just after his Kashmir renegotiation bill was passed. adopted by the lower house of the Indian Parliament: "Thank you, Prime Minister. Thank you so much. I have waited all my life to see this day. AT"