COPAIR organized an International Conference on “Hindu Radicalism and Indian Hegemonic Designs: Threats to Regional and Global Peace” on December 19, 2020. National and International geopolitical experts, human rights activists and journalist were part of this webinar. The webinar commenced with the recitation of Holy Quran. Mr. Zeeshan, the moderator of the session, welcomed the guest speakers and participants. He gave a brief introduction of the COPAIR.
The Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) is a strategic think tank, building a positive narrative at the national and international levels. COPAIR initiates and advocates policies of national development in order to build a sustainable, inclusive and resilient Pakistan.
Ms. Amna Malik, the President of COPAIR, delivered welcoming remarks. While giving her remarks, she has said that Hindu Radicalism and Indian Hegemonic Designs are threatening the peace and stability in South Asia and International Community must recognize the seriousness of this matter. The panel of the webinar consisted of renowned experts who focus on South Asian politics.
Ms. Claire Birdwell, a human rights activist and Co-Founder of Let Kashmir Decide, discussed war crimes being perpetrated by Indian forces in Kashmir. She further stated that Indian government is exposing itself by adopting aggressive policies minorities. The recent protests by Sikhs and Indian government role show that how the government of India treats its own citizens. In addition, she suggested that people across the world should pressurize their governments to question BJP’s policies towards Kashmir and give the Kashmiris their due right to self-determination.
Mr. Raja Faisal, a senior journalist and advisor on Indo-Pak & SAARC at COPAIR, highlighted the similarities between Hindu Zionism and Nazism. He said that people were facing problems due to Nazism in Europe in the last century and now the similar situation is being witnessed by the people in South Asia due to rise of Hindu radicalism in India. He further stated that India is involved in sponsoring terrorism in its neighbouring countries especially Pakistan. While giving suggestions he said that if the other countries can face sanctions, why India could not be sanctioned for committing gross violations in Kashmir and sponsoring terrorism in the region.
Maj (retd.) Adil Raja, a Geopolitical Analyst, discussed the Hindutva ideology and the idea of Akhand Bharat in details. He has stated that India is now in the hands of radicals who do not understand the language of peace and do not respect International laws and norms. He suggested that to stop this menace of Hindu Radicalism, balkanization of India is an effective option. There are eight active separatists movement and there is a chicken between Bangladesh and Nepal. Pakistan needs to use this strength to end the Indian occupation in Kashmir.
Ms. Danielle Khan, special assistant to Dean Eliot A. Cohen at John Hopkins SAIS, said that Hindu Radicalism has become very problematic for the South Asian Region and Kashmir in particular. She added that the followers of Hindutva ideology want to expand the territory of today’s India and claim the lands, which were part of British India. She has stated that there is already ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris is going on by the Hindu Radicals who are running the government in India. International Community must take notice this matter before it is too late.