Kashmir rapper uses rhymes to protest Indian rule


Kashmir Intifada Exlusive I PROTEST(RAP) BY MC KASH

November 29, 2010

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — If you ask MC Kash, he’s just speaking the truth. But Kashmir’s breakout rapper’s songs court rebellion and could land him in jail.

Kash calls himself a rebel who uses sharp rhymes and beats instead of stones or guns to protest India’s rule over the mostly Muslim region in the Himalayas.

Kash, 20, whose real name is Roushan Illahi, has won a fan base among Kashmir’s youth, whose summer uprising against Indian rule inspired his local hit “I Protest.”

The lyrics — “Tales from the dark side of a murderous regime, an endless occupation of our land an’ our dreams” — tread dangerously close to sedition in India, where questioning the country’s claim to the disputed region of Kashmir is illegal. Continue reading

Indian troops kill 2 protesters in Kashmir, streets on fire

Protesters throw stones at a policeman as he runs for cover during a clash near Srinagar on Monday

Times of India

M Saleem Pandit,

Jun 29, 2010

SRINAGAR: In a throwback to the Jammu and Kashmir government’s mishandling of the 2009 Shopian rape and murder case, street protests over the killing of two youth in CRPF firing in Sopore degenerated into a full-blown riot on Monday in which two more people — including a 9-year-old boy — were killed. The toll from CRPF firing on protesters over the last fortnight, that underscores serious administrative lapses, has now climbed to eight.

The street battles that evoked images of Kashmir’s troubled nineties, with separatists waving green Islamic flags, raised questions about chief minister Omar Abdullah’s ability to control the situation that could be exploited by the Hurriyat to shore up its waning campaign. The spiralling violence could also undo the military successes against terrorism that over the past few years restored calm in the valley and brought about a new sense of security and confidence, leading to peaceful elections and a rebound of tourism.

State law minister Ali Mohammed Sagar blamed the CRPF’s trigger-happy crowd control tactics for the violence.
He said the paramilitary “lacked command” and had gone “out of control”. Sagar said CRPF troopers’ firing at unarmed protesters was “unwarranted” and urged Union home minister P Chidambaram to visit the state and rein in the paramilitary force. The minister said the state government was helpless in controlling CRPF and that their actions were alienating the public. “We can fight militants, Hurriyat and our political opponents but we can’t fight our people,” Sagar told reporters. Continue reading