‘Unverified statement’ of Arundhati Roy on Indian soldiers in Kashmir sparks controversy
NEW DELHI: Prominent Indian journalist and human rights activist Arundhati Roy reported to have said that India cannot achieve its objective in the occupied Kashmir valley even if its army deployment increase from 7 lakh to 70 lakh, but the widely-circulated statement of Roy could not be independently verified.
According to unconfirmed media reports, Roy made these remarks during a recent visit to Srinagar.
She reportedly called the Indian aggression in the Kashmir ‘shameful’ and said that the New Delhi`s oppression cannot subdue Kashmiri struggle.
She lambasted the Indian government, saying the government bars its authors from expressing their thoughts and put them in jail those who raise their voice against injustices and regretted that corrupt elements, rapists and other criminals were set free on the other hand. These were such blunt remarks that Roy is quite known for.
She also reportedly said that Modi government was not allowing authors and journalists to express their views on Kashmir and they are being jailed for speaking against the Indian Army atrocities after the army recently cordoned off 20 villages in Shopian district in Kashmir.
The army initiated search operations in which 3,000 personnel of the Indian Army, Central Reserve Police Force and Jammu and Kashmir police took part. The army took the step after terrorists video emerged threatening the Indian state of dire consequences.
Here’s how’unverified’ remarks by Roy prompted impromptu reaction from popular Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal that actually made the news!
70 lakh Indian army can’t defeat azadi gang of Kashmir – Arundhati Roy .Her birth certi in fact is a regret letter from maternity ward .
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) May 17, 2017