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My letter to Noam Chomsky







[Also published on View Point, Rising Kashmir]

Greetings, Prof. Chomsky!

I have been an ardent devotee to your works, have read a number of your books, listened to dozens of your interviews, and, I also adore your passion for Libertarian Socialism. I must say that your intellect is soaked in clarity, precision and your views are very insightful regarding neo-imperialism, states as power centers promoting repression, evils of capitalism, authoritarianism and so on. You have commented on a wide range of conflicts, be it East Timor, Palestine, hideous regimes in Romania, Indonesia, US sponsored terrorism in Turkey and Columbia, to name a few. As a student and avid listener of your works, I want to suggest that you broaden your expertise in South Asian politics by commenting readily on the grave and outstanding dispute of Kashmir - the blood dyed place between India and Pakistan, which has seen a grievous conflict since 63 years.

We live in a society of political contradictions, religious fanaticism, fascist leaning approaches from both India and Pakistan in dealing with our societal/political crises; the present youth is in an identity crises. Our administration acts through the barrel of a gun. International human rights organisations are not allowed to probe thousands of deaths and rapes properly. The Indian media is riddled in favoritism and prejudice. Both countries are ruined in conflicting bilateralism.'Intifada' has shifted from Palestine to Kashmir. We don't know where we belong, India, Pakistan or Kashmir. We aren't even allowed to protest, if a youth falls on street by a free flowing bullet. My city, Srinagar, has been a city of pallbearers, massacres and mourning for some time now. I would be delighted if you refer to Kashmir, whenever you discourse on conflicts and their resolutions.

If we talk of American policies regarding Kashmir, they have been very selfish and two folded. The former Presidents of America have deliberately kept themselves ignorant of our issue. The reigning President, Barack Obama, in his election campaigns, promised a mediator for Kashmir, alongside vice - president Joe Biden, but the world witnessed how this President of yours dodged his promises just for the sake of international commerce, during his last glossy and lavish visit to India. It is quite evident that capitalism and globalization, unjustly dictates over politics, in a world in which we live today.

I would just love if you would take my suggestion. After-all, you would do a service to humanity. There's nothing more righteous than that. I wish you a long life and even more success in the years to come.

God bless you.

Thanking you in anticipation,
Naveed Qazi

By way of Noam Chomsky, reply:

Thanks for writing. It’s been on my mind for a long time. I’ve brought it up in talks, in India too. In fact last time I was there what I said led to a BJP demonstration and the police insisted on police protection the rest of the time I was travelling in India. But I haven’t written about it – or a great many other things that I’m urged to write about, and that are extremely important. Just physical limits, always requires very hard judgment calls.

Noam Chomsky

e-mail sent from chomsky@mit.edu

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