After IIOJK India now eyeing Muslim Lakshadweep islands


Islamabad, June 16 (KMS): Muslims in India are facing existential threat under the fascist government of Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which after Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir is now eying Muslim majority Lakshadweep islands.

An analytical report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, while quoting All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi as saying that the right to dignity of Muslims is being snatched since the BJP came to power in New Delhi stated that Lakshadweep union territory off the coast of Kerala is under full-fledged attack by the Hindutva forces.

The report maintained that the Muslims living in Lakshadweep fear eviction after BJP-led admin pushed a series of draconian laws in the archipelago. It has appointed Praful Khoda Patel as administrator who is imposing draconian measures, threatening very existence of Muslims in Lakshadweep to ruin its Muslim majority status as the BJP regime is doing in IIOJK.

The report said that analysts believe that authoritarian legislation in Lakshadweep is a clear expression of BJP’s vindictive agenda targeting Muslims which has led to widespread resentment among locals in Lakshadweep.

Even politicians of opposition parties in India demand revocation of anti-people orders threatening Lakshadweep’s peaceful lives, it added.

The report said that Lakshadweep, an archipelago in the Arabian Sea with 96.58% Muslim population, has always been governed directly by the Government of India through an administrator. In the six months since Praful Khoda Patel took charge as the administrator in December 2020, Lakshadweep’s administration has introduced draft bills and orders that local leaders call unprecedented, shocking and mysterious on account of their anticipated impact on the Constitutional rights, culture, customary food and livelihood practices of the islands’ people.

These decisions include a proposed new cow-protection law, which was introduced in February could significantly restrict the consumption of beef. In February also, mutton and chicken were removed from schools’ midday meal menus. A proposed regulation to confer on the administrator extraordinary powers to acquire and develop land. Three resorts were given liquor licences, reversing a 42-year-old liquor ban on the islands. A proposed new law will prevent those having more than two children from contesting local body elections. A proposed “goonda Act” can keep people in jail without trial, even when if no crime has been committed. On 21 May, dairy farms run by the local government were ordered shut; all animals are to be auctioned by 31 May. KMS—14K

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