Our reply to Rawat same as Gandhi gave to British envoy: Malik
Srinagar, May 10: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Thursday compared Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat’s statement with a British envoy’s statement, when India wasunder British occupation .
Yasin Malik said: “Our reply to General Rawat is same that was given by Gandhiji to a British envoy who had posed same type of question to him that how can poor Indian fight British military might and survive as an independent state without British help.
“Gandhi had replied that he would prefer a non-competent poor independent country over a competent and wealthy illegal occupation and slavery.”
He said that Gandhiji succeeded in his non-violent struggle because British empire provided him and his Indian National Congress genuine political space but today the so-called biggest democracy called India using its military, police and forces has choked every little space on peaceful political activities, pushed our youth in political movement to the wall by torturing them and humiliating their families in police stations and camps and hence leaving no other option for them but to go for an ultimate sacrifice.
He said that throughout history, “We see imperialist occupational powers using same language of intimidation against subjugated nations like Bipin Rawat is using against Kashmiris but the same history stands as a witness that it were not Hitler, Mussolini, Halakoo, Radovan Karadžic, Slobodan Miloševic and tyrants like these who triumphed in struggle between powerful and powerless but the oppressed who had the last laugh.”
Malik’s commenst came in background of on General Bipin Rawat’s interview with The Indian Express, where the General has said: “I want to tell Kashmiri youth that Azadi isn’t possible. It won’t happen. Don’t get carried away unnecessarily. Why are you picking up weapons? We will always fight those who seek Azadi, those who want to secede. (Azadi) is not going to happen, never”.