Protests In Kashmir India Essay

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The country I was assigned is India and the major political crisis I will be analyzing are the protests currently occurring in Kashmir. Kashmir is not actually part of India; it is a northwest region between Pakistan, India, and China, but it is owned by India. The reason the protests are occurring is because the state government transferred over 100 acres of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board to a Hindu shrine according to http://news.bbc.co.uk. The environmentalist and protesters are upset about this because they want the land back and they also want independence from India.This is an important issue because Kashmir has had many issues over the last century, including three wars in 1947, 1965, and 1999. In 1989, a separatist insurgency began and it is now being compared to the recent happenings in the country’s riots and protests. The latest riots are the most violent that have been seen in recent years. The riots in Kashmir have turned aggressive, violent, and now even fatal. On the week of June 24th, Police shot a 37 year old man at a rally while trying to control the crowds. He passed away later the following day which stirred many members of the demonstrations to react aggressively towards authority. Vehicles were destroyed, police posts and government offices were stoned and damaged, and a fire engine was even set on fire.There are really only two options when it comes to the main sides regarding the current Kashmir issue. These options would be clearing the forests versus not clearing the forests. The protesters are on the side that does not want to relocate the land while the government is in disagreement with them. The government is obviously siding with the transfer of the forests.The two major players involved in the protests are the side that is opposing the transfer of the forest, and the government officials who desire the forest to be cleared. Members of the opposing group include environmentalists, locals, and pilgrims that annually travel to the shrine area. The members of the government officials are obviously authority figures and those in control of the decision making processes in this matter. The opposing side would like the land to be left alone because they feel it is all a conspiracy to reduce Muslims to a minority. The government officials want to transfer the land because they feel the land would be better suited for structures for the pilgrims that congregate at Amarnath cave every year.I personally favor the government’s decision on this matter. The land would be cleared to benefit the pilgrims during the yatra. The yatra is the two months out of the year that the Hindu religion is celebrated at the Amarnath cave. As I previously stated before, the land would be cleared for much needed structures for the many thousands of people that attend the yatra annually. The government commented on this saying that the structures would include prefabricated huts and toilets.The only thing I do not agree on...

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