Indian-occupied Kashmir has been in a security lockdown since last Monday, over 600 people have been arrested in a sweeping move when India’s Hindu-majority government rescinded years of autonomy and gave full control to New Delhi.
India is using this opportunity to create unrest and strengthen their grip over the Kashmiri’s using the blueprint of Isreal’s occupation of Palestine as a roadmap.
The majority Muslim region is looking to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha today, but have been starved of resources. living under a curfew unable to shop or prepare for one of the most significant celebrations in the Muslim calendar.
Residents in Indian-occupied Kashmir, meanwhile, said they were struggling to prepare for Eid because of the security crackdown.
A local resident, a 45-year-old mother who was in tears, claimed how she had to tell her daughter that she wouldn’t be able to buy her new clothes or go out to play this year. And her daughter’s response broke her heart as the 4-year-old replied, ‘What kind of Eid is this?’
The Indian government did not make a mistake with the timing, they are accustomed to the Muslim lifestyle and have been aware of the upcoming celebration. However, according to a political strategist, they are using this opportunity to force the insurgents to cause civil unrest, which will give the authorities cause to arrest and make legal detentions.
If they are able to imprison the leaders of protests, they can then take control more swiftly and with less disruption.
Officials in India attempted to ease the restrictions earlier Sunday but imposed them again in the afternoon amid a tense atmosphere in the main city of Srinagar.
They plan to keep security tight on Monday to block any big gatherings of people during Eid-ul-Adha, a police official said.
Thousands of people held anti-India protests in occupied Kashmir following India’s move to revoke the special status of the occupied valley.