Vox Box: What do our readers feel about the race riots in USA?

Last week we asked our instagram followers to raise your voice on the race riots in USA. Here’s a compilation of the top answers in no particular order.

Vox Populi

This situation is becoming worse..This 2020 was a nightmare and now this. All should treat everyone as their equals. Why to do discrimination? Why to go with completion?Everyone are humans and they have the same rights as others.. Let’s hope for the best to come…
I think that if we look at the past ,this situation is better..because this time those white people are also sending pled, taking part in protests and wearing the black out Tuesday and black lives matter shirts and all those placards..
I don’t know why most of the people think that black people are not equal as they are…Let’s post on insta with hashtag black out Tuesday….May god make this situation better and people forget discrimination..

Jyoti Boparai @jyotiboparai238

Racism is not acceptable but
I think it’s their internal matter,
When we as Indians expect not to interfere in our bilateral or internal issues with Pakistan and China from USA, Indians should not interfere themselves in their internal issues.

Sharv Kothari @k_sharv

Racism a concept that exists with us since long ago. It has become a part and parcel of the dark people and the bad thing about it is it judges you only on basis of your external appearance. It is a way of humiliation caused by Powerful and those who consider oneself superior over the other. It is a weed and it can be treated only when we start from ourselves. We should be the initiater of change .

Ankita Thakur @ankita5408

I’m just surprised that systematic subjugation of Indians are so prevalent that we have gotten used to it. Kudos to anyone speaking up against it.

Pradunma Choudhury @amnudarp

Criminals playing the victim card is the latest trend,today USA tomorrow India.

Vishwas Shetty @vishwas1876

It is a terrible thing going out there and it’s not the first time though.. it has happened in the past too but I think China 🇨🇳 is taking or will take advantage of this thing.

Swastik Tiwari @swastik_t16


CDS Bipin Rawat: Terrorism Needs to be Fought the Hard Way, the American Way

“Terrorism is here to stay so long as there are going to be states that are going to sponsor terrorism and they are going to use terrorists as proxies, make weapons available to them, make funding for them, then we can’t control terrorism. We’ve to bring an end to terrorism and that can only happen the way Americans started after 9/11. They said let’s go on a spree on global war on terror. To do that you have to isolate the terrorists. Anybody who is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task. Any country which is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task. I feel one of the measures adopted is of blacklisting by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is one good measure. Diplomatic isolation, you have to do this.”

Chief of Defence Staff, Bipin Rawat


Kashmiri Columnist Relives Horrors of Forced Exodus of Hindus from Valley

Where were the saviours of humanity when my feeble, old grandfather stood with two kitchen knives and an old rusted axe ready to kill my mother and me in order to save us from the much worse fate that awaited us if we landed in the hands of terrorists on the same fateful night. My people were told to flee, convert or die.

Sunanda Vashisht (Indian Columnist)

(at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the US Congress)

Crux of the Matter
  • On 14th November Indian columnist Sunanda Vashisht made a stirring and poignant testimony before the US Congress. Her powerful testimony brought up the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus during 1989-90 in front of the international audience. This genocide marked the beginning of the insurgency problem in Kashmir.
  • Kashmir has become a polarising topic of discussion at the global level after the recent abrogation of Article 370. Ms Vashisht comapred the brutality of Kashmir in the last 3 decades with ISIS to contextualise it for the global audience.
  • She recounted the cold-blooded gangrape and slaughter of Girija Tickoo as well as the slaying of B K Ganjoo by militants. She insinuated the complicity of the local mosques as they blared warnings of “flee, convert or die” to the Hindu minorities in 1990.
  • “The Right to Life is the most fundamental human right, all other rights flow from it. And terrorism is the ultimate opponent of human rights.” Saying this, she mentioned the recent murders of traders, shopkeepers and truck drivers by militants to thwart return to normalcy.
  • She further defended the abrogation of Article 370 and its role in restoring human rights and equality in the militancy-ravaged area. “India has not occupied Kashmir and Kashmir was always an integral part of India. India is not just a 70-year-old identity, but a 5000-year-old civilisation. There is no India without Kashmir, and no Kashmir without India.”

Exodus of Kashmiri Hindus – The Hindus of the Kashmir Valley, were forced to flee the Kashmir valley as a result of being targeted by JKLF and Islamist insurgents during late 1989 and early 1990. Of the approximately 300,000 to 600,000 Hindus living in the Kashmir Valley in 1990 only 2,000–3,000 remain there in 2016. According to the Indian government, more than 62,000 families are registered as Kashmiri refugees including some Sikh and Muslim families. Most families were resettled in Jammu, National Capital Region surrounding Delhi and other neighbouring states. Read More


PM Modi Urges UN to Reform

We have to think whether the UN has risen to the occasion when it comes to conflict resolution. I had raised this issue when the UN turned 70 but much discussion couldn’t happen. I hope this topic is discussed more actively when the UN turns 75.

Narendra Modi (Prime Minister, India)

Crux of the Matter
  • During his keynote appearance at Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia, Modi underscored the need for the UN to adapt to the globalist multipolar direction of world politics in the 21st century.
  • He mentioned that some countries have used the UN as a ‘tool’, a subtle dig at Pakistan. UN, as per Modi, hasn’t done enough as an ‘institution for conflict resolution’ and so he urged countries to come together to ponder what reforms need to be made to achieve this.
  • He further stated that the days of expansionist policies determining a nation’s strength are behind us and going forward development orientation and innovation will be the barometer of strength in a rapidly progressing world.
  • Notably, India as part of the G4 group along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, support each other’s bids for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

Reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) encompasses five key issues: categories of membership, the question of the veto held by the five permanent members, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Council and its working methods, and the Security Council-General Assembly relationship. The Member States, regional groups and other Member State interest groupings developed different positions and proposals on how to move forward on this contested issue. Any reform of the Security Council would require the agreement of at least two-thirds of UN member states in a vote in the General Assembly and must be ratified by two-thirds of Member States. All of the permanent members of the UNSC (which have veto rights) must also agree. One proposed change is to admit more permanent members. The candidates usually mentioned are Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan, the G4 nations that mutually support one another’s bids for permanent seats. The United Kingdom, France and Russia support G4 membership in the U.N. Security Council. This sort of reform has traditionally been opposed by the Uniting for Consensus group, which is composed primarily of nations who are regional rivals and economic competitors of the G4. The group is led by Pakistan (opposing India), Italy and Spain (opposing Germany), Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina (opposing Brazil), and South Korea (opposing Japan), in addition to Turkey, Indonesia and others. More Info


Pak Hypocrisy on Terror Exposed by India’s Reply at UNGA

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation, qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship. Even coming from the leader of a country that has monopolized the entire value chain of the industry of terrorism, Prime Minister Khan’s justification of terrorism was brazen and incendiary.

Vidisha Maitra (First Secretary, MEA)

(India exercised ‘right of reply’ to Pak PM’s speech)

Crux of the Matter
  • At the UN General Assembly, Pakistan PM Imran Khan made vitriolic attacks at India and warned of violence in Kashmir. In stark contrast, Indian PM Narendra Modi made no mention of Pakistan in his address, choosing to talk about global progress instead.
  • India exercised its Right to Reply and was represented by First Secretary of MEA, Vidisha Maitra. She verbally dissected Pakistan’s hypocrisy, its ‘callous portrayal of the world in binary terms’ and its ‘incendiary’ and ‘medieval mindset’.
  • India called out Pakistan for harbouring 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terror organisations, for giving pension to terrorists listed in Al Qaeda and ISIS sanctions list and for financing terror outfits through the now banned Habib bank.
  • Pakistan was blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force for violating 20 of 27 key parameters and current Pak PM Imran Khan has previously defended Osama bin Laden.
  • The Bangladesh PM‘s reminder of the barbaric slaughter and rape carried out by Pak army during 1971 war was reiterated by the Indian delegation.
  • Dismissing Pakistan’s faux concerns on Kashmir, the Indian representative maintained Article 370 as an internal Indian issue, reminded the world of Pakistan’s agenda of fueling terror in the valley and concluded on an emphatic note: “The citizens of India do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf, least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate.”

1971 Bangladesh Genocide – The genocide in Bangladesh began on 26 March 1971 with the launch of Operation Searchlight, as West Pakistan began a military crackdown on the Eastern wing of the nation to suppress Bengali calls for self-determination rights. During the nine-month-long Bangladesh War for Liberation, members of the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat-e-Islami killed between 300,000 and 3,000,000 people and raped between 200,000 and 400,000 Bangladeshi women, according to Bangladeshi and Indian sources, in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape. The ensuing war between India (backing Bangladeshi liberation) and Pakistan led to bifurcation of Pakistan and the creation of the new nation of Bangladesh. More Info