Kashmir Rights Forum

Day: December 4, 2021

The concept involving the use of communication technology in fighting the propaganda pushed by various agencies is information warfare. The data is collected by various sources disguised as being true, concerning and disturbing to cause a stimulation in the minds of people, subsequent for the manipulation of masses to a certain direction of thought, resulting in side lining the real problem. many pre-planned ends are achieved by this process and other section under the same heading.

All the countries nowadays employ the method of Information Warfare to counter the narratives, pushed opinions to attribute new values to the propaganda by releasing the truthful information or a wrongful to mitigate the domination of the former. It also includes collection of tactical information, validity of information, disinformation to demoralize or manipulate the said enemy, undermining the quality of the opposing force’s information and also the denial of information collection opportunities to opposing forces. Hence it has a close relation or link with psychological warfare. Without shooting a single bullet the ends are achieved, but it depends on how and what options one takes to arrest the push of data.

In 21st century, the art, skill and tactic of war has shown a dramatic change. One wonders if there is any possibility of war but I may tell you that on many fronts, the war is being waged. The ruling out of conventional war is one essential term made accessible to all nations. None can afford the damage caused by the war- armaments and ammunition, it engulfs a large part of the economy which ends up in ruin of the whole structure of the country. Here, the significance of information war plays the part, inside homes and offices one can destroy the nefarious plan of enemy, who is on instinct of causing sufferings and proxy in any nation.

Motivating people to resist against the national integrity also encompasses the central theme of the same warfare, our social media handles are the tool to resist and fight the viruses that aim at harming the Kashmiriyat and a bond of affection in our region. We ought to fight back heavily and support our alert forces, backing them will assist and guide our region grow which shall result in development of valley. The development which is requisite for all of us to survive, growth of economy and investment by the world.

Religious radicalization has its growing influence in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Majority of the Muslim youth in the Kashmir Valley is increasingly inclining towards extremist political, social and religious ideas repudiating and challenging the status quo. There has been a sudden heave in Pan-Islamism in Kashmir’s Muslim society gradually marginalizing an initial pro-nationalist agenda of insurgency.
Rabidly fanatical clerics are indoctrinating the youth with Wahhabi ideology, whereby they reject the old Kashmiri tradition of people visiting and paying obeisance at the shrines of popular saints (Sufis and Rishis), terming it a violation of the teachings of Islam. The youth are told that it is the duty of Muslims to capture power and impose Sharia law (Islamic Law), which disapproves democracy and legitimizes holy war (jihad) as means for establishing an Islamic Caliphate. Misuse of social media by the jihadist has exacerbated radicalization, posing more challenges to the security of the State. The type of Islam which Kashmiris have accepted since centuries is a variant of Sufism – different from political Islam – in which Muslim Sufi saints preached pluralism and tolerance of other faiths. Jihad oriented insurgency in Kashmir purged Kashmiri society of its indigenous characteristics, as Pakistan funded and propagated radical – and militant Islam made deep inroads into the Kashmiri society.

Pakistan-based jihadi groups like Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Harkat ul Ansar, Markaz Dawa-wal-Irshad and its militant wing Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have become extensively active in the Kashmir Valley as they found it easy to mislead the gullible people in Kashmir. Pan-Islamism, essentially upholding the concept of Ummah (Islamic community), rejects national boundaries for an Islamic Caliphate. This idea has been drilled into the heads of militants and hence violence and mayhem in the Valley of Kashmir are direct consequences of it. Islamist extremists pose a challenge to the pluralistic social order, interfaith harmony and peaceful coexistence among various communities while it gravely obstructs construction of secular and democratic polity in the region.