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Dalai Lama visits Kashmir, a disputed land like Tibet

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But the Dalai Lama’s appeal for nonviolence did not resonate with local people in Kashmir who were irked that he preached nonviolence only to the people and not to the Indian forces that are accused of gross human rights abuses in the region. Security forces have killed more than 100 unarmed youth, most during protests, in 2010. And police have detained many dissenters, some merely for what they post on Facebook. 

“Considering the politics between India, Tibet, and China – and India’s support to Dalai Lama – the statement is understandable and he didn’t go beyond the official line of Indian government,” says Gul Mohammad Wani, a professor of political science at the University of Kashmir. “But he should have at least talked of the same autonomy for Kashmir that he does for Tibet.” 

A 'one-sided' plea

Kashmiri separatist leaders also took strong exception to the Dalai Lama’s "one-sided plea for nonviolence" and issued statements denouncing the idea of "peace without justice."

“We respect Dalai Lama and recognize his genuine cause, but peace is only possible with justice. Until justice is done, there cannot be peace,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, one of the main separatist leaders. Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani called the statement, “sympathizing with oppressors instead of the oppressed.”  

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