• 50+ academics and activists from across the world condemn Indian Consul-General’s call for Israeli model in Kashmir

    BDS India

    November 30, 2019

    Sandeep Chakravorty | Image courtesy: Deccan Herald

    In a private event held in New York City last Saturday, 23rd November, Consul General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty made the outrageous remarks of following Israel’s model in Kashmir, in the context of return of Kashmiri Pandits. While he did not specify whether he is referring to Israel as such or the settlements in the West Bank, in his capacity as an Indian diplomat, Mr Chakravorty advocated for Israel’s policies i.e. apartheid, war crimes and ethnic cleansing to be implemented in Kashmir. Further in his address, he also said that , “Kashmiri culture is Indian culture is Hindu culture..”. The address was part of a private meeting between the Kashmiri Pandit diaspora community and Vivek Agnihotri, a film director whose brazen propaganda contributed to the coinage of the myth of ‘Urban Naxals’, a term now regularly used to persecute activists and human rights defenders in India.

    While the government pretended that the abrogation of Article 370 and the subsequent crackdown in Kashmir, entering its fourth month now, was for bringing ‘development’ to Kashmir, Mr Chakravorty has inadvertently revealed the Hindu nationalist core behind this decision. It is deplorable that pain and trauma of the Kashmiri Pandit community is being weaponised for the communal agenda of the regime. It is further evident that the establishment has been permeated with its ideology, within India and outside.

    The revocation of Article 370 and 35(A) was right from the beginning called out for being inspired by Israel’s settlement policy by progressive and secular voices. For the past five years, India has been the biggest importer of Israeli arms, deals that go up to $1 billion every year. Additionally, Indian companies are entering into joint ventures with Israeli weapons companies to produce drones and rifles. Israeli army delegations have visited Kashmir and Indian Police Services trainees are sent to Israel for a week as part of their program. The security cooperation between the two is elaborate and inevitably that means exchange of methods and tactics. Most recently, activists and lawyers were revealed to have been targeted by Israeli spyware Pegasus. The proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to confer ‘right of return’ to Non-Muslims from India’s neighbouring countries, just like Israel does to Jewish people across the world. There is an ideological collaboration of Hindutva and Zionism behind these arms deals and security cooperation.

    Image courtesy: Newsclick

    The weapons and tactics that India receives from Israel are ‘field-tested’ on Palestinians. India’s arms purchases directly finance Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Earlier this month, Israel killed 34 people in Gaza in air strikes, including a family of 8. Israel’s apartheid, occupation and colonialism derives its impunity from the support it receives from states like India. Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon us to combine our struggle for democracy and secularism with that of Palestinian liberation. By calling for a military embargo on Israel, we also call for ending the ties that are facilitating the current siege and crackdown in Kashmir. That will be an effective way to truly stop the implementation of the Israeli model in Kashmir.


        1. Achin Vanaik, Retd. Professor of International Relations, University of Delhi
        2. Pamela Philipose, Senior Journalist
        3. Githa Hariharan, Writer
        4. Tapan Bose, Filmmaker and Human Rights defender
        5. Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary, CPIML Liberation
        6. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, AIPWA
        7. Nandita Narain, Associate Professor, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
        8. Apoorvanand, Professor, Department of Hindi, Delhi University
        9. Nivedita Menon, JNU
        10. Nuzhat Kazmi, Professor, Faculty of Fine Art, Jamia Millia Islamia
        11. Vivan Sundaram, Artist
        12. Sukrita Lahiri, PhD Scholar, JNU
        13. Sukla Sen, Peace Activist, Mumbai
        14. Marcy Newman, author of The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans.
        15. Imrana Qadeer, CSD, Delhi
        16. Uma V Chandru, Anthropologist and Rights Activist
        17. Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker
        18. Gautam Mody, General Secretary, New Trade Unions Initiative
        19. Sudhanva Deshpande, Theatre Artist and Publisher
        20. Aparna Sundar, Independent Researchers, Toronto
        21. Dean Accardi, Assistant Professor of History, Connecticut College, USA 
        22. Raja Qaiser Ahmad, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan 
        23. Omer Aijazi, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada 
        24. Dibyesh Anand, Professor of International Relations, University of Westminster, UK 
        25. Mirza Saaib Beg, Lawyer, London, UK 
        26. Mona Bhan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies, Syracuse University, USA 
        27. Emma Brännlund, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK 
        28. Farhan Mujahid Chak, Associate Professor, Qatar University, Qatar 
        29. Iffat Fatima, Filmmaker, India 
        30. Javaid Hayat Khan, Ph. D. Independent Researcher and Analyst, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 
        31. Serena Hussain, Associate professor, Coventry University, UK 
        32. Shrimoyee Nandini Ghosh, Lawyer and Legal Researcher, India 
        33. Nitasha Kaul, Associate Professor, University of Westminster, UK 
        34. Suvir Kaul, A.M. Rosenthal Professor, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, USA 
        35. Fozia Nazir Lone, Associate Professor of International Law, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 
        36. Laura Lucia Notaro, Consultant, Sustainable Development, Milan, Italy 
        37. Inshah Malik, Assistant Professor, Kardan University, Kabul, Afghanistan 
        38. Deepti Misri, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA 
        39. Preetika Nanda, Research Scholar, India 
        40. Immad Nazir, Research Scholar, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany 
        41. Idrisa Pandit, Independent Scholar, Waterloo, Canada 
        42. Samina Raja, Professor, University of Buffalo, USA 
        43. Mehroosh Tak. Lecturer, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK 
        44. Nishita Trisal, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA 
        45. Saiba Varma, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, USA 
        46. Ather Zia, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado, USA 
        47. Gautam Navlakha, PUDR and Newsclick
        48. Sunaina Maira, Professor, Asian American Studies, UC Davis and a founding organizer of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel  (USACBI)
        49. US Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
        50. Ahmar Raza  
        51. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Former Member of Indian Parliament and diplomat
        52. Richard Falk, Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Princeton University  
        53. John King, New York University/cultural worker 
        54. Stefan Kipfer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada 
        55. Rana Khan, Toronto


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