There was this thing called Article 370 in the Indian constitution that gave the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir autonomous status in all areas of political life except for communications, defense, and foreign affairs. And as of August 5 of this year Article 370 no longer exists having been abrogated by the Modi government effectively reducing the once autonomous Indian state into the two separate territories subject to the overriding governance of New Delhi.
The repealing of Article 370 has raised the ire of Kashmiris in India and abroad over concerns that the loss of autonomy would invite demographic changes to the region unwanted by the local population. From the linked Global News piece:
Kashmiris, who identify as a distinct Indigenous society, fear India’s move will alter the region’s demographics and cultural identity [emphasis added]. India said its decision to revoke Kashmir’s special constitutional status and downgrade it from statehood to a territory would free it from separatism.
You see Jammu and Kashmir is a Muslim majority territory in India and Kashmiris, who are mostly Muslim, regard themselves as the indigenous people of the region having obtained special rights in the Indian Constitution to secure and preserve their majority status. Article 35A of Article 370 prevented anyone foreign – which included other Indians – from owning property in Jammu and Kashmir ostensibly to prevent them from permanently living there and overwhelming the local population consequently reducing Kashmiris to a powerless minority. It’s a law imposed for the sake of self-preservation by a people who want to secure their existence and a future for their children. The repealing of Article 370 eliminates that law allowing anyone outside the region to now possess property in Jammu and Kashmir and reside there permanently.
Kashmiris in Canada seem to have a problem with that. While this Global piece focuses on the concerns of Kashmiris unable to contact relatives in Kashmir due to a lockdown this one Kashmiri academic at Wilfred Laurier makes clear that it’s about preserving the Kashmiri ethnostate:
“Pandit, an academic at Wilfrid Laurier University, has written to Freeland demanding four actions in particular. First, she wants Canada to push India to end the lockdown and backtrack on the removal of Article 370. She is calling on the Canadian government to condemn ethnic and religious discrimination in India as well.
Lastly, Pandit says she hopes Canada will push in the United Nations for Kashmir to be given the right to self-determination.”
The call for a reinstatement of Article 370 is a call for the reinstatement of what are essentially xenophobic and racist laws written and enforced for the sole purpose of preserving a Muslim Kashmiri majority ethnostate in Jammu and Kashmir. And I should emphasize that this call is being made by a Kashmiri in Canada, indeed all Kashmiris in Canada, who I’m certain would object if Canada sought to enact identical laws with the similar goal of keeping Canada majority white. They’re only in Canada because of a grand project that was undemocratically imposed upon the country’s European host majority society that will, in time, reduce them to a powerless minority in the country of their creation but I don’t think people like Pandit care about that. It’s only happening to white Canadians in their native country after all and Pandit's contributing to it and benefiting from it so it's no big deal. It only matters when it happens to her people in her native land.
Kashmiris in Canada want Canada to do something. Like what exactly? Lend support to a once autonomous Indian state that had xenophobic and racist laws to preserve its demographic majority? Why don’t we lend support to Génération Identitaire while we’re at it?
Modi is a Hindu nationalist and I wouldn’t put it past him that this was done to encourage the free movement of India’s Hindu majority into Kashmir to overwhelm its Muslim majority population and to further strengthen Hinduisms dominance in the Asian subcontinent particularly in a region that is also claimed and disputed by India’s neighbour and rival, Pakistan. Fears of secession by Kashmir haunt New Delhi and a Hindu majority there loyal to India would put to rest any uncertainty.
But if that happens then I say so what? What makes Kashmir so special that it should be protected from the free movement of people? Who cares if a flood of "foreigners" move into the region forever altering the demographics by reducing the indigenous Muslim Kashmiris to a powerless minority? Diversity is our strength, etc. But if Kashmiris are opposed to the loss of land, the loss of culture, the loss of power and place in a society of their creation, the loss of their history, the loss of their identity, the surrendering of their future to a mass intrusion of an alien people who are not native to the region nor of a founding stock then I say welcome to my world. We should have coffee some time.
The lack of self-awareness by these Kashmiri protesters here in Canada is so typical of immigrants and Canadian citizens of non-founding stock. Their ethnic allegiance blinds them to the reality that what they fear may happen to their people in Kashmir through the repealing of Article 370 is exactly what they are doing to the people of Canada by being present here and maintaining a permanent presence here; by being willing participants, active agents, cheerleaders and beneficiaries in the re-colonization of Canada through mass third-world immigration. But it’s like I said before and will say and say again: colonialism is great so long as you’re the one doing it.